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A Message from The Irish Cultural and
Learning Foundation

Ní neart go cur le chéile
“There is no strength without unity”
– Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

July 13th, 2020

Members, volunteers, affiliates, staff, community and board,

Through meetings with Consul Generals to Ireland from San Francisco and Los Angeles, The Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library have compiled the following information that we wish to share with our community so you and yours can make informed decisions in the upcoming months.

The contacts for the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation Emmigration Support Program are Jason O’Riain and Ciara Archer. If you need assistance please contact them at IRLtoAZ@azirish.org . We highly recommend registering with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. For most up to date information on travel, passports and visa’s please check their website at www.dfa.ie. You can also contact the Consul General of Ireland’s office in Los Angeles directly by phone line at: +1 310 424 5538 or by email at: losangelescg@dfa.ie.
We understand that events are fast-moving and that there is heightened levels of anxiety and nervousness throughout our community. We are happy to do information events to answer queries on these or other issues. Please do not hesitate to contact us and we will facilitate where possible including participation from the Los Angeles Consul General or San Francisco Consul General.
Information is current as of July 11th 2020. Additional details are below. If you have any additional queries on any of our other ICLF Programs please contact us at info@azirish.org

Irish Passports
The phased re-opening of the Passport Office in Ireland began about a fortnight ago. The San Francisco Consulate has also re-started passport operations for first time passport applications only. Completed applications should be sent by mail to Consulate at the following mailing address; Consulate General of Ireland, 100 Pine Street #3350, San Francisco, CA 94111.
Details on requirements are listed on their website HERE. Those requiring urgent first time passports should contact them through their website with detailed information as to why they are looking for their application to the expedited. Renewals should be submitted through
the online passport system, www.passport.ie. Our understanding is that renewal applications through the online service are being processed in a timely manner currently, however we are encouraging people to apply early as due to COVID-19 the system is not operating at full capacity. In the event that the application is neither a first time application nor a standard renewal, these queries should be referred to the Consulate’s Contact Us tab on their website.

Visas
The Consul General of San Francisco has begun to process visas for those seeking to move to Ireland for long stay (in excess of 90 days) only. Visas for short stays (less than 90 days) are only being processed on an exceptional basis. Those requiring a short term visa to visit Ireland at this time should contact the Consulate through the Contact Us tab on the Consulate website. Details on visa requirements are HERE

Working Holiday Authorisations
Applications for Working Holiday Authorisations for US national graduates are not currently being processed. Details on requirements are HERE

Foreign Birth Registration / Irish citizenship
Foreign Birth Registration (FBR) applications continue to be processed in Ireland. Details on the FBR process are available HERE. The FBR team has largely been re-deployed to assist public service delivery in Ireland during this public health emergency. The FBR team’s phone lines are closed and they are advising people that applications to hand are safe but will only be processed once services are resumed. They are not encouraging people to send FBR applications at this time. Owing to the impact of COVID-19 and the redeployment of staff, FBR applicants should expect delays in processing times (it was running at about 12 months prior to the public
health emergency) until further notice.

Travel to Ireland
As of 16 March, the Government of Ireland is recommending against all non-essential international travel. While the US Government has introduced restrictions on travel to the US from Ireland, there are no restrictions on flights from the US to Ireland.  Irish citizens, and others, are free to leave the US on any scheduled flights from a US airport and transatlantic flights continue to operate, albeit with schedule changes. On return to Ireland, all travellers are required to self-isolate for 14 days. Travellers will be required to complete a Passenger Locator Form on arrival in Ireland and will be subject to checks by their local Public Health office in Ireland. Further details are
available HERE

Travel from Ireland
The US State Department is advising against all non-essential travel. Visitors can not currently travel from Ireland to the United States on an ESTA.

Le gach dea ghuí,
ICLF Board of Trustees and Staff.