Student scheme 2018

JFU at the Cliffs of Moher

15th October 2018:

The scheme is now open for applications from people who came here on a student visa between January 2005 and December 2010. 

You can find details of the scheme on the INIS website now

Please read all the details carefully, as well as these useful answers to some of the big questions, and then contact us if you have any other questions - you can email us at, phone 01 889 7570 during office hours, or call in to us when our drop-in centre reopens on Wednesday 17th October at 13 Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 1 and Monday-Wednesday next week as usual.

We're examining the scheme right now and we will continue to add information here for as long as the scheme is open. Whether or not you qualify for the scheme, we're here for you and your family.

Here is the Minister's announcement of the scheme:

Previous updates:

On September 4th 2018, the Department of Justice and Equality announced plans for a new regularisation scheme.

All that has been announced so far is the information listed below. We'll update this page - and our social media - as *soon* as more details become available.

We know just how important this is to people all over Ireland.

Key info so far:

  1. The scheme is open to anyone who came to Ireland as an international student between January 2005 and December 2010 and is now undocumented in the State.
  2. It's not open yet - there will be an application period starting later this year.
  3. More details of the scheme will be made public soon - watch this page and the INIS website.

If you think you might be eligible for the scheme, please be as patient as possible and wait for more details before doing anything else! We'll be here to update you and help you every step of the way. There will be plenty of time to get your papers in order - don't go to immigration yet. Our caseworkers are ready to support you throughout this process.

If you think you are not eligible for the scheme (if you came here on a tourist or non-student visa, for example), we know this news might be hard to take. All we can say is: we're here for you. MRCI is not going away, the Justice for the Undocumented campaign is not going away - members are already planning the next phase of the campaign! This is just one more step towards justice for ALL undocumented people in Ireland.

Are you undocumented and NOT a member of the Justice for the Undocumented campaign? If so, email - it's safe and confidential and the best way to keep up to date with all the news. And this campaign gets results! One day longer, one day stronger.