If you are applying for international protection in Ireland, you can still apply for civil legal aid and advice.
If you are an international protection applicant or intend on making an application for International Protection at this time you should note:
The International Protection Office have issued the following guidance with regard to upcoming interviews.
Reception at the International Protection Office, Timberly House, 79-83 Lower Mount Street, Dublin is open between 09:00 and 13:00 by appointment and from 13:00 to 16:00 for walk-in service, Monday to Friday.
Substantive interviews are taking place by video conference only until further notice in line with public health advice. Applicants will be contacted by registered post when their interviews are scheduled.
Questionnaires must be completed and returned to the IPO as soon as possible.
The questionnaire can be completed electronically in English, French or Arabic available at www.ipo.gov.ie . When completed email to Questionnaire@ipo.gov.ie.
It is recommended that you seek legal advice before you submit your questionnaire.
Temporary Residence Certificates (Blue card)
Information on TRC renewals (Blue Card) can be found www.ipo.gov.ie
For general immigration queries, which may also apply to international protection applicants, please see Immigration Service Delivery (ISD). This can be found at www.irishimmigration.ie.
IPAT - COVID-19 - Latest update 11th October 2021
From the week starting 4th October, the Tribunal has been able to facilitate a limited number of oral hearings on-site hearings in situations where, in application of section 31(2) of the Civil Law and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020, the Tribunal, of its own volition, or following the making of representations by or on behalf of an appellant, is of the opinion that to proceed with the oral hearing of the appeal via audio-video (AV) link would be unfair to an appellant, or would otherwise be contrary to the interests of justice.
Otherwise the Tribunal is continuing to conduct oral hearings via AV link and notifications have issued to all parties with details of the arrangement in place in this regard.
However, you can contact the Law Centre/Solicitor dealing with your case if you have any particular queries.
Irish Immigration Service
The Irish Immigration Service (IIS) have issued a series of FAQs which may be relevant to you at this time.