NEW VISA REQUIREMENTS ANNOUNCED FOR NATIONALS OF BOTSWANA AND SOUTH AFRICA
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by berkeleysolicitors
1w ago
The Department of Justice has announced that nationals of Botswana and South Africa will be required to obtain a visa before travelling to Ireland, effective from Wednesday 10th July 2024. Previously, people travelling from either of these countries to Ireland have not required visas to enter the State. According to the Department, this decision will bring Ireland into closer alignment with the Schengen area in respect of both of these countries, and in line with the UK in respect of South Africa. The Dublin Visa Office will establish a dedicated ‘South Africa desk’ to process applications fro ..read more
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EMPLOYMENT PERMITS ACT 2024 SIGNED INTO LAW
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by berkeleysolicitors
2w ago
The Employment Permits Act 2024 has now been signed into law, although a commencement order is required before the Act will come into effect. The new Act’s purpose is to consolidate and update employment permit law, which had previously been scattered across various Acts. The Act repeals the Employment Permits Act 2003 and the Employment Permits Act 2006, as well as the Employment Permit Regulations 2017. The Act will promote flexibility in the employment permits system through by allowing many criteria to be prescribed and amended through regulations. The new legislation introduces a new seas ..read more
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NATURALISATION APPROVAL BASED ON STAMP 2A (SPOUSE OF PHD STUDENT)
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by berkeleysolicitors
3w ago
Clients of Berkeley Solicitors have recently received a positive decision regarding a naturalisation application for a minor child of a Stamp 2A holder, based on their parent’s residence. It was previously thought that Stamp 2A was not reckonable for naturalisation purposes and this continues to be stated on the ISD website. The applicant child’s parent was the spouse of a PhD student and held Stamp 2A on that basis.  We argued that the Stamp 2A permission was reckonable for naturalisation purposes pursuant to Section 16A(1) of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956 (as amended) a ..read more
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UPDATE ON UKRAINIAN NATIONALS TRAVELLING TO IRELAND
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by berkeleysolicitors
1M ago
The Department of Justice recently announced that from 5th June 2024, temporary measures which allowed Ukrainian nationals to travel to Ireland without a valid biometric passport ceased to be in effect. In accordance with Section 4 of the Immigration Act 2004, all third country nationals, including Ukrainians, must possess a valid biometric passport. Ireland temporarily suspended the requirement for a biometric passport for Ukrainian nationals in 2022 as part of a wide-ranging emergency response to the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Under this suspension, Ukrainian nationals seeking ..read more
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UPDATE REGARDING ELIGIBLE SPOUSES AND PARTNERS OF GENERAL EMPLOYMENT PERMIT AND INTRA-COMPANY TRANSFEREE IRISH EMPLOYMENT PERMIT HOLDERS
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by berkeleysolicitors
2M ago
The Department of Justice and Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment recently announced that eligible spouses and partners of General Employment and Intra-Corporate Transferee Permit holders who have applied for and been granted family reunification in the State in accordance with the Department of Justice Non-EEA Family Reunification Policy will now be registered on a Stamp 1G rather than a Stamp 3 permission. In addition, spouses and partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit holders and Researchers on a Hosting Agreement currently on a Stamp 3 are also now eligible for Stamp 1G ..read more
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MINISTER FOR JUSTICE ANNOUNCES BRIDGING PERMISSION FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE STUDENTS
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by berkeleysolicitors
2M ago
The Immigration Service Delivery have announced another bridging permission this year for English Language course students who have successfully completed a course and are subsequently enrolled in a Higher Education Programme commencing by end of October 2024. The bridging permission is a short-term Stamp 2 permission granted until 30th September 2024. This is relevant for English language students moving to higher education in the coming academic year, whose stamp will expire before they can commence their new course. This permission is on the basis that applicants will be in a position to pr ..read more
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UPDATES TO THE APPPLICATION PROCESS FOR IRISH TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
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by berkeleysolicitors
3M ago
The Department of Justice have recently updated the application process for Irish Travel Documents. To make the process more seamless, applications for Irish travel documents have been moved online. Applicants can access the form through the ISD portal. They advise that applicants use the online application process, this allows the form, copy documents and fee of €55 to be submitted online. However, applicants are still required to post an original Identity Verification Form (signed in the presence of a guard), passport photographs and Passport/ Travel Document (if applicable) to the Travel Do ..read more
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UPDATE TO ELIGIBILTY REQUIREMENTS FOR STAMP 4
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by berkeleysolicitors
3M ago
The Department of Justice have recently changed the eligibility requirements for a Stamp 4 upgrade for employment permit holders. Please note that Stamp 4 support letters are no longer required for this upgrade, and your Stamp 4 permission can be registered at your registration office. Effective from 3rd April 2024, employment permit holders with a Stamp 1 or 1H permission who have completed 21 months of employment are eligible for a Stamp 4 upgrade at their registration office. The eligible categories include Critical Skills Employment Permit holder, individuals resident on the basis of a Hos ..read more
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MINISTER FOR JUSTICE ANNOUNCES NEW VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR NATIONALS OF DOMINICA, HONDURAS AND VANUATU, AND VISA WAIVERS FOR CERTAIN DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT HOLDERS
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by berkeleysolicitors
4M ago
On the 4th of March 2024, the Minister for Justice Helen McEntee announced that, effective from 7th March 2024, nationals of Dominica, Honduras and Vanuatu will now be required to obtain a visa before travelling to Ireland. A transit visa will also be required for nationals of these countries if they are travelling through Ireland on the way to another destination. The Minister stated that this decision was made to bring Ireland into closer alignment with the visa regime in the UK and Schengen area. Transitional arrangements will be put in place for nationals of the affected countries who have ..read more
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STAMP 0 PERMISSION ACCEPTED AS RECKONABLE RESIDENCE FOR NATURALISATION
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by berkeleysolicitors
6M ago
Berkeley Solicitors have recently received a number of successful naturalisation decisions for clients resident on Stamp 0 permission. In approving the applications for our clients, the Department of Justice have accepted that Stamp 0 is reckonable residence for the purposes of naturalisation. These decisions are significant given that the Department have previously maintained that Stamp 0 residence permission is a low-level immigration status which is granted for a limited and specific stay in Ireland. There are three main types of persons eligible for Stamp 0:   Elderly dependent relat ..read more
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