Ireland declares Amnesty for certain Non-EEA undocumented nationals

Ireland declares Amnesty for certain Non-EEA undocumented nationals

The Republic of Ireland has announced a special scheme aimed at regularising the immigration status of certain groups of non-EEA nationals residing in the state. The Scheme targets people who arrived in the state between January 2005 and December 2010 as students.

Announcing the scheme, Mr Charlie Flanagan, T.D., The Minister for Justice and Equality said  “The scheme will be open for 3 months, from Monday 15th October 2018 to Sunday 20th January 2019, and is open to non-EEA nationals resident in the State who held a valid student permission during the period of 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2010 and who have not in the intervening period acquired an alternative immigration permission”

In welcoming the scheme, the Minister made the point that he expects that those who benefit from it are in turn going to benefit the economy, saying:

“I am pleased that the scheme provides that permission will be granted for an initial probationary period of two years at the end of which qualifying persons must be able to clearly demonstrate that they are self-sufficient and did not become an unreasonable burden on the State. In these circumstances, beneficiaries can be expected to be net contributors to the economy.”

INIS has developed an online application form for eligible applicants to apply under the scheme. Eligible applicants may apply to the Minister for Justice and Equality for a permission to remain in the State including the right to reside and work in the State and will be subject to renewal after two years. Modest fees will be charged under the scheme.

The Scheme addresses a significant cohort of people who have been in the State for a long number of years and who form part of the “undocumented” persons in the State by virtue of them having moved from a position of having permission to be in the State some years ago to having fallen out of permission.

While family reunification is not permitted under this scheme, the family circumstances of persons present in the State will be taken into consideration. For persons qualifying under this Scheme, the family unit who have been residing with them in the State may be given permission to remain under the scheme.

Full details and criteria for the scheme together with the online application form are set-out on the INIS website . Click Here 

Source: Starr Radio UK

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