The Minister for Justice and Equality has announced the establishment of the awaited Single Person Committee of Inquiry into refusals of naturalisation applications where the refusal is in whole or in part based on national security concerns.
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On Tuesday 22nd September 2020, Holly Cairns TD put a number of parliamentary questions to the Minister for Justice relating to EU Treaty Rights review applications. Deputy Cairns asked the Minister to provide details of the immigration status given to individuals that are waiting for a decision on EUTR review applications, and further asked if persons that are waiting for an EUTR review decision are permitted to work or to claim Covid-19 pandemic emergency payments.
On 25th September 2020, the Department of Justice published an announcement on its website confirming that it has recommenced issuing decisions for certain visa categories. Due to Covid-19, the Department had been issuing decisions in respect of the Emergency/Priority categories of visas only.
On 17th September 2020, the Department of Justice published an updated notice regarding the status of non-EEA family members of British citizens who are residing in Ireland. The Brexit transition period is due to end on 31st December 2020.
The Minister for Justice and Equality has today announced a further temporary extension of immigration and international protection permissions until the 20th January 2021. This is the fifth automatic extension of immigration permissions and it is expected to be the final extension announced.
We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to our client and their minor child who was recently granted a certificate of nationality pursuant to Section 28 of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956. This is a significant decision for other stateless persons who may have a baby born in Ireland who is not entitled to any citizenship from another country.
The Immigration service delivery has announced a further automatic renewal of immigration permissions for one month extending to permissions due to expire between the 20th August 2020 and the 20th September 2020. The ISD has also announced that the Registration Office in Burgh Quay and Registration Offices outside of Dublin which are operated by An Garda Siochana will close temporarily.
On 10th June 2020, Mr Justice Humphreys delivered his judgement in the case of Asif Rashid and Qasim Rashid v The Minister for Justice and Equality  IEHC 333.
The first-named applicant is a British citizen, and his brother, the second-named applicant, is a citizen of Pakistan. The central issue in the case was whether the Minister for Justice had erred in finding that no relationship of dependency had been established between the first and second-named applicants.
On 26th June 2020, the new coalition government of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party endorsed the Programme for Government, which contains a commitment to regularise the status of undocumented migrants in Ireland.
Following three months of closures due to Covid-19 restrictions, INIS has announced that Registration Offices outside Dublin will be reopening on a phased basis in line with the Government roadmap. The INIS website has published a list of opening dates in respect of individual registration offices.