Update: Scheme to regularise long-term undocumented migrants opens

07 Feb 2022

The scheme to regularise long-term undocumented migrants and their families opened on 31st January 2022. Online applications will be accepted for six months until 31 July 2022.

The scheme will enable successful applicants, and their eligible dependants, to remain and reside in the State and to regularise their residency status. Successful applicants will receive immigration permission, access to the labour market and can begin a path to citizenship.

To be eligible for the scheme, primary applicants must have a period of 4 years residence in the State without an immigration permission, or 3 years in the case of those with minor children.

Applicants can include a spouse, civil partner or de facto partner and eligible children aged 18 – 23 years, who must have been living with the principal applicant for 2 years.

Successful applicants will be granted a Stamp 4 immigration permission that allows for unrestricted access to the labour market. Their years of residence with that permission will be reckonable for the purposes of pursuing Irish citizenship by way of naturalisation.

Those who have a deportation order can apply if they meet the minimum undocumented residence requirement.

A fee of €700 will generally apply to family unit applications to assist in recovering the cost of administration. A fee of €550 will apply to individuals’ applications. The International Protection specific scheme strand will be fee exempt at both application stage and at registration.

On 7th February 2022, the international protection strand of the regularisation scheme for long-term undocumented migrants opened for applications. Applications for this separate international protection strand will be accepted from 10:00am today for six months until 7 August 2022, when the strand will close. Applications will be accepted from people in the international protection process for a minimum of 2 years and applications will be accepted for six months until 7 August 2022. Successful applicants will receive immigration permission, access to the labour market and can begin path to citizenship.

For more information:

Department of Justice press release on opening of the regularisation scheme

Department of Justice press release on opening of the international protection strand of the regularisation scheme 

Further details and how to apply for the scheme

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