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.
The announcement states as follows:
“We can now confirm that we have also recommenced issuing decisions on certain long-stay visas which include categories such as Third level study at primary degree and postgraduate level, Employment and Join Family.
You should note that while we continue to accept applications for English Languages studies, decisions on applications from new students will remain on hold pending further consideration by the relevant authorities.”
It remains the position that we are not accepting any short stay visa applications, except for cases that fall under the Emergency/Priority criteria.”
The Department further announced that it has expanded the list of exemptions which fall under Emergency/Priority to include those specific categories of travellers, identified as having an essential function or need in the EU Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 of 30 June 2020.
The full notice can be read here.