As of 29th January 2021, the Department of Justice has ceased accepting the majority of new visa/preclearance applications due to Covid-19, with the exception of a number of Priority/Emergency categories of visas.
The Priority/Emergency category includes persons travelling for imperative family reasons.
The Minister for Justice has published an update providing clarity on the meaning of imperative family reasons for the purpose of new visa applications.
In a notice dated 6th April 2021, it is stated that:
“Applicants seeking to travel for imperative family reasons are assessed on an individual basis and are largely confined to emergency cases that may arise in a family situation but do not include the following: missing a loved one; wanting to attend a birth; or wanting to attend a wedding or a milestone birthday. Please note that this list of examples is not exhaustive and whether your application meets the criteria or not is determined by examining the circumstances and supporting documentation of each case on an individual basis.”
The full notice can be read here.
If you or a family member have any queries about applying for a visa to Ireland, please do not hesitate to get in touch.