1401. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice when face-to-face interviews for visas will recommence; and the procedure in place for those applying for visas during level 5 restrictions. [18770/21]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): Due to the public health restrictions currently in place under Level 5 of the Government's Framework for Restrictive Measures in Response to Covid-19, the Registration Office in Burgh Quay has been closed since 23 December 2020, until further notice.
The ability to register an immigration permission in person, for those living in Dublin, is unfortunately not possible until the Registration Office reopens in line with the Government’s Roadmap.
To ensure that people do not fall out of permission during the Covid-19 pandemic, seven automatic extensions of immigration permissions have been provided, the most recent to 20 September 2021. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach.
Registrations outside of the Dublin area are processed by the Garda National Immigration Bureau through the Garda Station network. Information on the contact details for all the registration offices outside Dublin is available at: https://www.garda.ie/en/about-us/our-departments/office-of-corporate-communications/news-media/reopening-of-registration-offices.html.
Further updates will be provided on the Immigration Service website when available at: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/COVID-19-updates-and-announcements.