Ireland’s Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) has announced the suspension of re-entry visa requirements for minors under 16 years of age with immediate effect and until further notice.1
Children under 16 are not issued with Irish Residence Permit (IRP) cards and visa-required children previously had to apply for a re-entry visa, which was included on their passports to allow them to travel back into Ireland.
WHY THIS MATTERS
It is a welcome announcement for visa-required non-European Economic Area nationals and their families as it is no longer a requirement for the parents of visa-required minors to submit their original supporting documents to ISD for the issuance of re-entry visas for their children, easing the administrative burden for affected families.
Notice for Employers
- As per the instructions provided by ISD, minors under 16 who wish to re-enter the state must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who has a legal permission to reside in Ireland.2
- Employees impacted by the announcement must carry appropriate documentation to prove they are the legal parent or guardian of the child.
- Suitable documents to prove the relationship between the parent or guardian and the child are:
- a birth or adoption certificate, or guardianship papers showing your relationship with the child;
- a marriage/divorce certificate if you are the child’s parent but have a different surname;
- a death certificate in the case of a deceased parent.
- Employees with current applications for re-entry visas for minors under 16 will have their applications returned along with their original supporting documents. A re-entry visa will not be issued on their passports.
If you require further advice on this situation, please contact your usual qualified immigration counsel or a member of the Corporate Immigration and Employment Law Team with KPMG in Ireland (see the Contact Us section below).
1 Department of Justice, "Suspension of re-entry visa requirements for children under the age of 16 years."
2 Department of Justice, "Travelling with children."
* Please note the KPMG International member firm in the United States does not provide immigration or labour law services. However, KPMG Law LLP in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.
The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Ireland.
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