Further to the announcement earlier in the year of a temporary suspension of the processing of visa/preclearance applications, with the exception of a specified group of priority/emergency applications (see GMS Flash Alert 2021-139, 10 May 2021), Ireland’s Immigration Service Delivery has announced1 that two new categories have been added to the priority/emergency list of visas being processed at this time.
Employers should note that visa-required employees awaiting their visas to Ireland may be able to process their visa applications if they fall under one of the two newly-announced additional categories of emergency/priority visas. The two new emergency/priority categories are as follows: (i) travel to Ireland for essential family reunification and (ii) those who have been granted an employment permit and are travelling for essential business or employment purposes.
This update will affect employees who are visa-required nationals of the listed countries2 and fall into one of the two below categories:
Visa applications will continue to be processed for visa-required nationals who fall into the other categories of priority/emergency group per guidance issued by the Immigration Service Delivery, which includes workers exercising certain occupations including health-care workers, frontier workers, and posted workers.
Individuals and their employers should be aware of these changes as employees that fall within the new emergency/priority visa group will now be able to proceed with their visa applications for travel to Ireland.
For advice on this changing situation, please contact your local qualified immigration counsel or the Corporate Immigration and Employment Law Team with KPMG in Ireland (see the Contacts section).
1 For further information, see: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/visas-updates .
* Please note that KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not provide any immigration services. However, KPMG Law LLP in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.
The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Ireland.
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