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Undocumented Scheme - What do we know thus far?

Please note that for the most up-to-date information on this scheme, we recommend that you visit the Migrants Rights Centre Ireland here, the Irish Immigration website & the Immigration/Asylum press release webpage on the Department of Justice.

On Friday, 03 December 2021, Justice Minister Helen McEntee TD stated that the Government has approved a scheme to legalise thousands of undocumented migrants and their families living in Ireland.

The scheme will allow eligible applicants to live and reside in the State, as well as to establish or preserve their resident status. The scheme was developed in conjunction with important stakeholders, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who deal directly with individuals and families facing vulnerable immigration-related circumstances, as well as inter-Departmental and operational partners.

Regularisation Scheme for long-term Undocumented people:

  • Commence in January 2022 (no precise start date is specified);

  • Run for six months, from Jan 2022 till June 2022.

  • Individuals must be undocumented, meaning they have not had a valid IRP card for four years or more, or three years or more if the application is submitted as a family unit;

  • The application process will be done online via this site;

  • You must be able to demonstrate and justify your presence in the state;

  • You may apply regardless of the cause for your previous refusal; this includes people who have received a deportation order, a notice under section 3, or who have made unsuccessful EU Treaty Rights applications (not applicable to those who have previously held EU stamp or awaiting a decision, learn more);

  • International Protection applicants awaiting for 2 years or more can apply;

  • This scheme is also available to students whose visas have been expired for four years or longer.


What documentation do I need to verify my identity?

You may submit a passport or birth certificate as proof of identity.

How can I prove my residency?

Cost of this scheme?

What happens when the application is approved?

What if it is rejected?

Which documents should be produced as proof for family members?

Fundamental Duty of the State.

Organisations to reach out for help/advice?

Anything else?

Digital Tools for Success:

  • CombinePDF is free and easy to use online tool that allows combining multiple PDF or images files into a single PDF document without having to install any software;

  • CamScanner is a Chinese mobile app first released in 2011 that allows iOS and Android devices to be used as image scanners. It allows users to 'scan' documents and share the photo as either a JPEG or PDF. This app is available free of charge on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store;

  • Please keep in mind that file formats accepted by the online portal are .pdf, .jpeg & .png;

  • Please note that poor quality documentation will simply delay your application, hence presentation is very important.

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Hope this is of assistance to you!


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