The Burgh Quay Registration Office, the main Irish immigration service, will finally reopen on July 20, after months closed due to the pandemic.
On-site service will be exclusive to foreigners who need to register for the first time, since it is necessary to collect biometric data (digital and photo). People who had their appointments canceled during the pandemic will have priority in attendance.
Renewal orders must be made online, through the new system launched by the government in late June. The system is available to all foreigners living in Dublin. To request renewal, simply fill out the form, send the scanned copies of the documents and pay the fee. After applying, you will need to send your passport and Immigration Residence Permit (IRP) that is expired or about to expire by post.
Foreigners living outside Dublin should look for the nearest service station to their place of residence, as it is not yet possible to renew on the internet outside the capital. The good news is that the government plans to expand the online renewal system to the entire country very soon.
It is important to remember that the Irish government has announced that foreign students will be able to stay in the country until the end of the year, as long as they are enrolled in an online English course. This also applies to students who have already exhausted the maximum period of 2 years set by the government.
In addition, Minister Helen McEntee announced on 16 July that all permissions expected to expire between 20 July and 20 August will be automatically extended for another month. This means that international students can continue to work legally if they wish, but must enroll in an online course and arrange for renewal as soon as possible.