What’s New

Here you will find the most recent information on the International Protection Office, as well as information on any relevant changes affecting international protection.

 

International Protection strand of the regularisation scheme for long-term undocumented migrants now open for applications

 

7 February 2022

The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, TD, has today opened the international protection strand of the regularisation scheme for long-term undocumented migrants.

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.

The International Protection Office (IPO) of the Department has begun contacting potentially eligible applicants with further details.

Application forms, which can be downloaded from the IPO’s website at www.ipo.gov.ie/en/ipo/pages/whatsnew  must be submitted by email to IPRSU@ipo.gov.ie

Opening the international protection strand, Minister McEntee said,

“I am delighted to now be able to open the international protection strand of the scheme for long-term undocumented migrants. This separate strand allows international protection applicants who have an outstanding application for international protection and have been in the asylum process for a minimum of 2 years to apply. There is no fee for making an application under this dedicated strand of the scheme.

“I am conscious of the recommendation made by the Expert Advisory Group, led by Dr Catherine Day, regarding people who have been in the protection process for two years or more. This approach is in line with that recommendation, and will help to clear the backlog of current cases.

“The Government is keen to ensure that we address any legacy asylum cases so that the new system envisaged under the White Paper can come into operation in 2024. I am committed to reducing processing times of both first instance decisions and appeals to 6 months respectively, which will ultimately benefit everyone in the protection process.”

Applicants who are eligible under the international protection strand of the scheme:

Applicants must meet standards regarding good character and criminal record/behaviour and not pose a threat to the State. Having convictions for minor offences will not, by itself, result in disqualification.

Further details regarding the qualifying criteria, the required documentation, and how to apply for the international protection strand is available on the IPO’s website at www.ipo.gov.ie/en/ipo/pages/whatsnew.

Applications from people who are not currently in the international protection process should be made under the mainstream Regularisation of Long-Term Undocumented Migrants Scheme. The Minister also provided an update on the progress of this Scheme following its launch on 31 January:  

The once-in-a-generation scheme to regularise thousands of undocumented migrants opened for applications last Monday. During the first week, almost 1,000 applications have been received through the online application platform.  This is a really positive start and I would encourage everyone who is eligible to apply to do so during the six month application window.

Full details regarding the qualifying criteria, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document and the required documentation for this part of the Scheme is available on the Department's website at: https://www.irishimmigration.ie/regularisation-of-long-term-undocumented-migrant-scheme/.

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Please see updated application form here. We would appreciate if you can submit your application using this updated form.

All application forms are to be emailed to IPRSU@ipo.gov.ie

Frequently asked questions can be found in the following languages:

English

French

Albanian

Arabic

Georgian

Urdu

The International Protection Regularisation Scheme Policy Paper can be found here

 

Statistics are correct at time of publishing, changes may occur due to data cleansing.

 

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April 2018

The IPO statistics report for April 2018 is now on-line.

 

Designation by the Minister for Justice of certain Countries as Safe Countries of Origin under the International Protection Act, 2015

Under section 72 of the International Protection Act, 2015 the Minister for Justice has designated the following countries as safe countries of origin with effect from Monday, 16 April 2018.

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of), Montenegro, Serbia and South Africa.

Please find a link to Addendum No. 2 to the Information Booklet for Applicants for International Protection (IPO 1) here.

The relevant Statutory Instruments are the International Protection Act 2015 (Safe Countries of Origin) Order 2018, (S.I. No 121 of 2018) and the International Protection Act 2015 (Section 6(2)(J)) (Commencement) Order 2018 which are available on the following links:  

International Protection Act 2015 (Safe Countries of Origin) Order 2015, (S.I. No 121 of 2018)

International Protection Act 2015 (Section 6(2)(J)) (Commencement) Order 2018

 

March 2018

The European Union (Dublin System) Regulations 2018 (SI No. 62 of 2018) came into effect on 6 March 2018. The Regulations give further effect to Regulation (EU) 604/2013  (the Dublin III Regulation) in Ireland and revoke the previous European Union (Dublin System) Regulations 2014 (SI No. 525 of 2014) and the European Union (Dublin System) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (SI No.140 of 2016).

 

February 2018

 

January 2018

The IPO January 2018 statistics report is now on-line.

 

December 2017

The IPO December 2017 statistics report is now on-line.

 

November 2017

The IPO November 2017 statistics report is now on-line.

 

October 2017

The IPO October 2017 statistics report is now on-line.

 

September 2017               

 

August 2017

The IPO August 2017 statistics report is now on-line.

 

July 2017

The IPO July 2017 statistics report is now on-line.

 

June 2017

The IPO June 2017 statistics report is now on-line.

 

May 2017

The IPO May 2017 monthly statistics report is now on-line.

 

April 2017

The IPO April 2017 monthly statistics report is now on-line. 

 

March 2017                                                                                                                                                           

The IPO March 2017 monthly statistics report is now on-line.

 

February 2017                                                                                                                                                     

The IPO February 2017 monthly statistics report is now on-line.

 

February 2017                                                                                                                                  

Clarification regarding the deadline for the return of the Application for International Protection Questionnaire (IPO 2) is now on-line.

 

February 2017

The International Protection Office and UNHCR statement on the prioritisation of applications for international protection is now on-line.

 

January 2017                                                                                                                                                        

The IPO January 2017 monthly statistics report is now on-line.

 

January 2017                                                                                                                                                       

The IPO Information Note on Transitional Arrangements (IPO 12) English language version is now on-line.

 

January 2017

​The IPO Information Note on Transitional Arrangements (IPO 12) translation version is now on-line

 

January 2017                                                                                                                                                        

The IPO Letter - Category 1 - on Refugee Applications in ORAC (Application for refugee status was made before the commencement date and where a report had not been prepared by ORAC under section 13 of the Refugee Act 1996 by that date) is now on-line.

 

January 2017                                                                                                                                                   

The IPO Letter - Category 2 - Refugee Appeals (Application for refugee status which was on appeal before the RAT before the commencement date but was not decided by the RAT by that date) is now on-line.

 

January 2017                                                                                                                                          

The IPO Letter - Category 3 - Subsidiary Protection (Application for subsidiary protection was made prior to the commencement date and ORAC had not commenced the investigation of the application by that date) is now on-line.

 

January 2017                                                                                                                                          

The IPO Letter - Category 4 - Subsidiary Protection (Application for subsidiary protection was made prior to the commencement date and ORAC had commenced the investigation of the application by that date) is now on-line.

 

January 2017                                                                                                                                          

The Information Booklet for the Applicants for International Protection (IPO 1) English language version is now on-line.

 

January 2017

The Information Booklet for the Applicants for International Protection (IPO 1) translation version is now on-line.

 

January 2017                                                                                                                                        

IPO Information Note on Investigations for International Protection and Consideration of Permission to Remain after 31 December 2016 is now on-line.

 

December 2016                                                                                                                                             

The International Protection Act 2015 is now on-line.

 

December 2016                                                                                                                                     

IPO Information Note for Applicants for International Protection (Refugee Status and Subsidiary Protection) commencement of International Protection Act  2015 English language version is now on-line.

 

December 2016                                                                                                                                     

IPO Information Note for Applicants for International Protection (Refugee Status and Subsidiary Protection) commencement of International Protection Act  2015 translation version is now on-line.