The decision to temporarily suspend the processing of new visa and preclearance applications has been extended as of 5th May 2021.
In its notice, the Department of Justice stated that:
‘these measures will remain in place until further notice’ and that ‘the situation will continue to be reviewed in consultation with the relevant authorities in the coming weeks.’
Due to the level 5 restrictions, there are a limited number of applications currently being processed, including priority and emergency cases.
These cases include applications for essential workers, patients travelling for necessary medical treatment and persons travelling for urgent family reasons.
The notice also states that applications received before the 29th January will continue to be processed.
Applications for appeal are also being accepted and processed.
There is no indication of when the Department will recommence accepting new visa and preclearance applications.
The full announcement can be found at:
If this notice affects you or your family, please get in contact with Berkeley Solicitors to discuss your case