Following the escalating situation in Ukraine, the Minister for Justice has announced the immediate lifting of visa requirements between Ukraine and Ireland.
The lifting of visa requirements unfortunately only applies to Ukrainian nationals. It aims to support and streamline the swift exit of family members of Ukrainian nationals living in Ireland.
It will apply as an emergency measure to all Ukrainian citizens travelling to Ireland.
Ukrainian nationals who are considering leaving Ukraine and travelling to Ireland will no longer need a visa to enter the country.
Ukrainian nationals who travel to Ireland without a visa during this period will then have 90 days after arrival to regularise their immigration permission.
Re-entry visa requirements for Irish resident children under the age of 16, have been suspended with immediate effect and until further notice. Minors seeking to travel under this policy must be accompanied by a parent, or guardian, who has a legal permission to reside in Ireland. The adult accompanying the child must also provide appropriate documentation to prove they are the legal parent, or guardian, of the child in question.
Nothing will change for UK nationals living in Ireland after the 1st of January. The protections provided by the Common Travel Area mean that UK nationals living here will continue to travel freely, live, work and access education, healthcare and social services in each other’s country, after the UK leaves the EU. Separate arrangements are being put in place for non-EEA family members and/or dependants of UK nationals who are, as of 31 December 2020, exercising EU Treaty Rights under the EU Free Movement Directive and who hold a valid Irish Resident Permit on that basis, known as ‘EUFAM’.A new scheme will be introduced for UK nationals who come to Ireland after 31 December 2020 and wish to bring their non-EEA family members.
The Minister for Health has announced that Mandatory Hotel Quarantine is no longer in place. This came into effect immediately. Travellers entering Ireland must still follow travel regulations, such as a pre-travel RT-PCR test, unless you have possession of proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 and fill out a Passenger Locator Form prior to your arrival to Ireland.
The national minimum hourly rate in Ireland is €10.50. However, if you receive board or lodgings, that is food or accommodation from your employer, there are maximum amounts that can be included.
The Department of Justice have announced that significant changes are being introduced for citizenship applications. An applicant must also accumulate a total of 150 points for establishing identity in order to meet the appropriate standard. Where an applicant is not able to achieve 150 points they should contact the Department of Justice.
A new version of the Irish Residence Permit (IRP) card is being introduced for all non-EEA nationals who are registered to live, work or study in Ireland. The new IRP card, which complies with updated EU common format specifications, includes the cardholder’s signature as well as additional security features.