Written answers

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Residency Permits

Brian Leddin (Limerick City, Green Party)
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120. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the information her Department has been given from the Department of Justice regarding the requests for up-to-date residence permit cards from migrants in view of the ongoing renewal backlog in Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37227/20]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy will be aware, the Department of Justice has granted a further extension for permissions to reside in the State that were due to expire between 20th September 2020 and 20th January 2021.

The details of this extension were contained in a notice published by that Department on its website on 18 September.

The notice stated that "In light of the uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, the following notice applies to all persons with a current valid permission due to expire from 20th September 2020 to 20th January 2021, whether pursuant to domestic law or powers of the Minister, or Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive)",

and that "all such permissions that are due to expire from 20th September 2020 - 20th January 2021 are automatically renewed by the Minister to the 20th January 2021".

The attention of management and staff of my Department's Intreo Centres and Local Offices has been drawn to the content of this notice.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

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