Undocumented Amnesty Scheme

The Department of Justice have formally announced this morning the establishment of a new scheme for undocumented persons residing in Ireland.

The scheme will give an opportunity for people who have been resident in Ireland without a permission on a long-term basis to apply for regularisation of their legal status and obtain a Stamp 4 permission.

Though the exact details of the terms of the scheme will only be known when they are published (likely in January 2022), we expect from this morning’s announcement that the main criteria for applicants will be as follows:

You will be eligible if you have been living in Ireland without a permission for at least 4 years on the date the scheme opens; or

You will be eligible if you have been living in Ireland without a permission for at least 3 years on the date the scheme opens, if you have a dependent child who is also resident with you.

You will also need to be able to show that you are a person of good character and have not come to the adverse attention of An Garda Síochana or any other police force. E-vetting will therefore be a part of the process. Having convictions for minor infractions will not, of itself, result in disqualification. Unlike many other immigration applications, you do not need to show that you will not be a financial burden on the State in order to qualify.

People who are in the Section 3 process (notified of an intention to deport), or who are subject to a deportation order already, will be eligible under the scheme.

There will be an online application procedure and there will be an application fee; €550 for a single applicant and €750 for a family application.

A separate strand to the scheme will be for people who are in the International Protection process for at least two years on the date the scheme opens, and the fee will be waived for those applicants.

The scheme will be open for a period of 6 months only, so it is worth making sure that any application that is made is made correctly. There will also be an appeals process.

If you have any questions about the scheme, please feel free to contact our office at info@mcgrathmcgrane.ie or through the enquiry form on the Contact Us tab on this website.

Contact Eoghan

Eoghan McMahon, solicitor, can assist you in all areas relating to immigration law in Ireland.

If you have a query you can contact him on:

Phone: +353 (0) 1 873 5012