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Resume Processing of Visa Application for Join-Family and Employment Permit Holders

With immediate effect, the Department of Justice is now including ‘people travelling for business/employment purposes and granted an employment permit by Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment to meet an enterprise’s key business’ among the categories for whom they have recommenced accepting and processing visa applications.

It is now confirmed that the following categories are added to the list of Priority/Emergency cases and resume processing of these categories immediately:-


  • Long-stay Join Family Members including

  • all Long Stay D Visa join family applications (includes Third country national family members of Irish nationals and persons exercising free movement under the EU Directive), and

  • Preclearance applications for De Facto Partner of an Irish National; De Facto Partner of a Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder, or of a non-EEA Researcher on a Hosting Agreement and Non-EEA Family members looking to join a UK National in Ireland.

  • People travelling for business/employment purposes and granted an employment permit by the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment to meet an enterprise’s key business ‘.


As a result of these new arrangements, the Employment Permits Section will no longer need to seek information as to the criticality of the employment permit application prior to processing.

Full details are available at the following link – http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/visas-updates

All employees travelling to the State for employment/business purposes will be required to adhere to all public health measures including mandatory hotel quarantine, as required.

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