Minister of Justice outlines new draft scheme to regularise undocumented migrants

The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, recently delivered draft proposals to the Irish Cabinet on the new scheme to regularise undocumented migrants in Ireland. While the final terms have yet to be decided as part of the consultation process, outlined below is the initial proposals, allowing migrants to:

  1. Have a period of 4 years residence in the State without an immigration permission, or 3 years in the case of those with children;
  2. Be granted an immigration permission that allows for unrestricted access to the labour market, and;
  3. Have years of residence with that permission reckonable for the purposes of pursuing citizenship by way of naturalisation.

It is hoped that the new scheme will be finalised by Cabinet in September. The Department of Justice expects to be ready to accept applications for the scheme by the end of the year, with the new scheme forming part of Minister McEntee’s Justice Plan 2021.

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