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Key Points

  • Long-term undocumented immigrants in Ireland may be eligible to apply for valid immigration permissions beginning January 2022


The government of Ireland approved a scheme that will offer a pathway for immigrants not currently holding valid immigration permissions to remain and reside in Ireland to apply and legalize their residency status. Applicants will be allowed to stay in Ireland during the legalization period.

The scheme will open for online applications in Jan. 2022 and will remain open to applicants for a period of 6 months. Eligible individuals include:

  • Have had a period of residency of at least four years in Ireland without holding immigration permissions once applications have been opened, OR
  • Have been granted immigration permission that has allowed for unrestricted access to the labor market
  • Meet the government standards of good character and have no criminal record.

What are the Changes?

Immigrants residing in Ireland without valid immigration permissions will be allowed to remain and apply for the appropriate permissions beginning Jan 2022. The online application period will remain open for six months.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of Ireland’s website for additional updates and information.

Source: Government of Ireland

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