The Dept. of Justice have announced that the Government has approved a scheme to regularise thousands of undocumented migrants and their families who are living in Ireland. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for immigrants to access permission to remain and reside in Ireland.

The scheme will commence in January, there is a six month window from then to submit an application. The scheme is for people who have been undocumented in Ireland for at least 4 years at the start of the scheme, or for at least 3 years for families with children under 18.

In addition, international protection applicants, who have been waiting for a decision for 2 years or more, can apply for the scheme.

How do I know of I’m eligible?

  • You have a period of 4 years residence in the State without an immigration permission, or 3 years in the case of those with children on the date the Scheme opens for applications;
  • Be granted an immigration permission that allows for unrestricted access to the labour market; and
  • You have years of residence with that permission reckonable for the purposes of pursuing citizenship by way of naturalisation.
  • Those with an existing Deportation Order can apply, if they meet the minimum undocumented residence requirement.
  • Applicants must meet standards regarding good character and criminal record/behaviour and not pose a threat to the State.
  • Having convictions for minor offences will not, of itself, result in disqualification.

It is estimated that up to17,000 undocumented people, including up to 3,000 children, to live in Ireland and regularise their residency status. A fee of €700 will apply to a family application, while individual applications will cost 550 euro.

If you think you might be eligible for the new scheme, it is advisable to get in touch with our immigration team today to discuss your application in preparation for the scheme opening in January.