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Ireland

Ukraine nationals in Ukraine

Situations where they can apply for visas in Ukraine

Ukrainian nationals no longer require an entry visa to travel to Ireland. This merely gives them a right to present themselves at the port of entry and to request permission to enter from border control. It does not give them an automatic right to work.

Any special considerations

The Irish authorities are in the process of activating the EU’s Temporary Protection Directive which will give Ukrainian nationals an immediate right of access to the labour market, housing, social welfare, healthcare, education, training and other supports. The protection will last initially for one year but it may be extended to three.

If they cannot apply for visas in Ukraine, alternative options

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Non-Ukraine nationals in Ukraine

Situations where they can apply for visas in Ukraine

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Any special considerations

Non-Ukrainian nationals of third countries and stateless persons who can prove that they were legally residing in Ukraine on the basis of a valid permanent residence permit and who cannot return in safe and durable conditions to their country of origin are eligible for either EU temporary protection or adequate national protection, depending on the EU country they are in.

If they cannot apply for visas in Ukraine, alternative options

If applying for Irish entry visas from Ukraine the online application system will direct them to submit their supporting documents to the Irish authorities in neighbouring countries. Non-Ukrainian nationals of third countries and stateless persons who can prove that they were legally residing in Ukraine on the basis of a valid permanent residence permit and who cannot return in safe and durable conditions to their country of origin are eligible for either EU temporary protection or adequate national protection, depending on the EU country they are in.

Ukraine nationals in Destination Country

Options

Ireland has implemented the EU’s Temporary Protection Directive to provide immediate protection to people displaced by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

If you have fled Ukraine, you can avail of a temporary protection to reside in Ireland if you meet one of the following criteria:

a) You are a Ukrainian national who was residing in Ukraine before 24 February 2022;

b) You are a national of a third country (other than Ukraine) or stateless person who would have benefited from international protection (for example: Refugee status) or an equivalent national protection status in Ukraine and were residing there before 24 February 2022;

c) You are a family member* of persons covered by a) and b) above, where your family already existed in Ukraine at the time of events leading to the mass influx prior to 24 February

*Family members include a spouse or partner, unmarried minor children of either of them, and their other close dependent family relatives who have been living with them as part of the family unit.

Temporary protection also applies to people who were residing in Ukraine before 24 February 2022 with a permanent Ukrainian residence permit, who cannot safely return to their country of origin.

Temporary protection may also be extended to other people who were legally residing in Ukraine who cannot safely return to their country of origin, including nationals from non-EU countries or stateless persons. People who can safely return to their country of origin will be assisted to do so.

Other considerations

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Links to latest Government information

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/0f773-temporary-protection/

https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/ukraine/ 

https://www.irishimmigration.ie/minister-mcentee-has-announced-the-immediate-lifting-of-visa-requirements-between-ukraine-and-ireland/