The Irish Department of Justice and Equality announced that all immigration permits due to expire between 20.03.2020 and 20.05.2020 are to be automatically renewed for a period of two months. In addition, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection introduced a Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, accessible to all workers irrespective of legal status. The Department also confirmed that “there are no plans in place to share any data [received] as part of an immigrant’s application for a Covid-19 Unemployment Payment with the National Immigration Bureau (GNID) or the Department of Justice and Equality.
- Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, “Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment,” accessed on 16 April 2020, https://www.gov.ie/en/service/be74d3-covid-19-pandemic-unemployment-payment/
- Department of Justice and Equality, “Notice Regarding Immigration and International Protection Permissions,” 20 March 2020, www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/frequently-asked-questions-immigration-permission-covid-19-temporary-measures.pdf/Files/frequently-asked-questions-immigration-permission-covid-19-temporary-measures.pdf