Information & Advice

For news and useful information on INIS, GNIB and other Irish immigration policies, CLICK HERE. Since 2001, MRCI has provided frontline advocacy and information services to migrants in Ireland. We are committed to ensuring free, confidential, accurate and up-to-date information on immigration, employment and access to services. Our Drop-In Centre at 13 Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 1 is open every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday from 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm. This service is open to everyone; please call in if you need help. If you can't come to the Centre, our caseworkers provide free and confidential advice by email and phone.


  • Information for undocumented migrants in relation to employment permits

    There seems to be a lot of discussion about employment permits lately. We have heard about some companies who are offering the service to apply for an employment permit for undocumented migrants and charging a lot of money.

    We want to make sure you have all the information you need before paying high fees or declaring your status to the authorities.

    We do not know of anyone who has been successful in applying for an employment permit with one of these companies without first having an immigration status.

    We know it is really hard when you are undocumented and want to regularize your status.  However, we believe it is not possible to get an employment permit without an up to date immigration status.

    Stay safe! If you are being promised a work permit and are undocumented please come to us for more informationWe will explain to you the risks involved and the chances of success and then you can make up your own mind.

    See below some information we have taken from the Irish Statute Book & the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation website about employment permits.

    • Section 12 of the employment permits act (2006) states that: The Minister may refuse to grant an employment permit if the foreign national concerned  lands or has landed, or is or has been, in the State without permission.
    • On the FAQ list on the Department of Business website for employment permit applications it lists the following as employee details that need to be included: If resident in the State confirm on what basis and provide your GNIB/Irish Resident’s Permit Pin.
    • Finally DBEI list the most common reasons for refusal of an employment permit and in this list we see:
      • Immigration Status

    If you are refused an employment permit you may also be at risk of your details being passed to INIS and you could receive a section 3 notification of intention to deport.

    Still confused?? Please send us your questions about this to or 0833480170. We would be delighted to provide more information and talk you through your options.

  • FAQs on the Luximon and Balchand Cases

    Frequently Asked Questions on the Luximon and Balchand Cases

    1. What are the Luximon and Balchand cases?
    2. What did the Judge say?
    3. Why does this judgment matter?
    4. What happens next?
    5. I am undocumented in Ireland. What does this mean for me?
    6. I am documented in Ireland. What does this mean for me?
    7. I have a Section 3/Leave to Remain application currently with the Department of Justice, does this judgment affect me?
    8. How do I stay up to date with any new developments or news?


    1. What are the Luximon and Balchand cases?

    These are cases taken by two separate families in which the parents were international student visa holders who arrived in Ireland in 2006. The parents renewed their visas every year until 2011, when the government changed the policy for international students. This change meant that students would only be allowed to stay for a maximum of 7 years in Ireland. As a result, the parents were unable to renew their student visas. In order to stay in the country they applied to the Department of Justice for a Change of Status to a stamp 4 permission. Their applications were unsuccessful and the Minister for Justice ordered them to leave the State. The families got legal advice and took a case against the Minister arguing that their family and private rights were not considered in their applications.

    The case went to court and the Supreme Court gave its final decision in April 2018.

    1. What did the Judge say?

    The Judge made a decision that, in these particular cases, the Minister for Justice should have considered the families’ rights to private and family life here in Ireland. It is worth noting that the Judge emphasised that the families in question had entered Ireland “lawfully” (with a visa), were living here for a very long time and had met all the conditions of their visas until 2011, when the Minister decided to change the student policy.

    1. Why does this judgment matter?

    This judgment matters as, from now on, the Minister must consider a person’s right to family and private life in Ireland when an application for a Change of Status is made. This is good news BUT it does not guarantee anyone a positive result. Consideration of the right to family and private life is only one part of the application. There are many factors which the Minister will take into account.

    Also, what is considered family and private life will be different for each person.

    1. What happens next?

    The Attorney General (the Government’s lawyer) will now study this judgment and advise the Minister for Justice on what changes must be made to the Change of Status application process.

    We do not know how long this will take, or what the Minister will do, but we are listening and watching closely.

    1. I am undocumented in Ireland. What does this mean for me?

    No one knows the answer to this question yet. If and when anything changes, we will let you know IMMEDIATELY.

    For now it is only possible to make a new Change of Status application when you are already documented. For those who are undocumented but who have already submitted a Change of Status application, we will have to wait and see how the Minister will deal with your case in light of the new judgment.

    1. I am documented in Ireland. What does this mean for  me?

    If you make a Change of Status application in the future, the Minister for Justice will now have to consider your family and private life in Ireland before he makes his decision. However, even if you have family or strong ties in Ireland it does not guarantee you a successful result. Family and private rights are only one part of the application.

    1. I have a Section 3/Leave to Remain application currently with the Department of Justice, does this judgment affect me?

    You should seek information and advice from your solicitor or legal representative. If you do not have one, you may contact MRCI or visit our Drop-In Centre. Our advice is always free and always confidential.

    1. How do I stay up to date with any new developments or news?

    You can email or phone MRCI with your contact details and we will add you to our mailing list!

    Our phone is 01 889 7570
    Our email is


    Disclaimer: These materials have been prepared by the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) for information purposes only with no guarantee as to accuracy or applicability to a particular set of circumstances. The materials are not intended and should not be considered to be legal advice. The information given may change from time to time and may be out of date. The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland disclaims any legal responsibility for the content or the accuracy of the information provided.


    Luximon and Balchand Supreme Court Cases FAQS

  • An important message for undocumented migrants in Ireland

    Undocumented workers, KNOW YOUR RIGHTS:

  • Update on De Facto Relationship Permission to Remain in Ireland

    The Irish Immigration and Naturalisation Service have recently introduced an application system for couples wishing to apply for permission to remain in Ireland under de facto relationship scheme. Please find below a link to the application for Immigration Permission for a De Facto Partner:

    To find more information about this scheme, please go to the De Facto Application Explanation Leaflet using the link below:

  • Re Form EU1A- Application to be treated as a permitted family member of a Union citizen

    Than new Form EU1A, along with an explanatory leaflet, is available now on the Irish Naturalisation Service(INIS) website. All applications submitted from Monday 12th June 2017 must be submitted on this form.

    Please refer to the EU Treaty Rights webpage at

  • Information & Advice

    Migrant Rights Information and Advice Centre

    MRCI provides information and advice in the following areas:

    Employment permits
    General immigration and residency matters
    Workplace rights
    Trafficking for forced labor
    Undocumented migrants

  • Specialist Referral

    MRCI offers a referral system and puts people in contact with specialist organisations working on:

    Social Welfare * Housing & Accommodation * Legal issues * Student issues *  Domestic violence services * Health services * Asylum * Voluntary Return

  • Opening Hours
    You can call to the Drop-In Centre (13 Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 1) in person any time during opening hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm. The Drop-In Centre is closed on Thursdays and Fridays.

    National Telephone Service
    Our telephone information service is available from 10.00am - 4.00pm, Monday - Friday:
    01 889 7570. We are closed for lunch from 1pm-2pm every day.

    You can also email your query to One of our caseworkers will be in touch as soon as possible.

    We do not make appointments for first-time visitors. Please ensure you come at the start of the morning or the start of the afternoon to increase your likelihood of being seen quickly. If you cannot come in, please email

  • Outreach

    The Resource Centre also provides outreach training and information sessions to a number of organisations that provide information and advocacy support to immigrant communities.

  • MRCI provides specialist advocacy 

    Advocacy and Advice     

    Employment permits

    Residency matters

    Workplace rights

    Trafficking for forced labour

    Undocumented migrants

    Success Stories

    Mr Singh

    Mr Singh came to Ireland on a work permit to work as chef. He was exploited by his employer and was dismissed after he attempted to assert his rights. As a result, he lost his right to work and became undocumented. MRCI supported Mr.Sing after he decided to make a complaint against his employer, and he managed to regularise his immigration status. Mr.Singh became an Irish citizen in February 2012. He remains actively involved in the campaign for the right of workers to change employers within their job category without having to apply for a new work permit which is costly and involves long delays.


    Surinder had been working in exploitative employment as a domestic worker for five years. He came to MRCI seeking help and assistance to address the exploitation, and  to seek compensation for unfair treatment, and abuses of his employment right. MRCI assisted and supported Surinder in bringing his employment claims before the Labour Relations Commission. Surinder was awarded in excess of €200.000 for the breaches of his employment rights, arguably one of the biggest awards for one person.


    Vanda is a Ukrainian national who came to Ireland in 2003 on a work permit to work for a security company. The company was not in a position to keep her in the job as her English was too poor to perform her duties. Vanda found a job in a cleaning company as her permit was still valid. The cleaning company did not apply for a work permit for her and made her redundant once her work permit was invalid. Vanda became undocumented as a result. She was undocumented for four years until she heard through a word of mouth, within her own community, about MRCI. An application for a permission to remain was made to the Department of Justice for her, explaining her circumstances. Vanda was given permission to remain and she secured a work permit on that basis with MRCI’s help. She has been documented since and is looking forward to applying for long term residence.

  • Citizenship

    Guide to Applying for Citizenship 18-23 yr olds (pdf)

    Children of Non-EU Migrants - Applying for Citizenship and Third-Level Education in Ireland

    Employment Rights Information

    Work Place Rights 2012 (pdf)


    Immigration Status (pdf)

    Employment Permits

    Information on new Employment Permit (Amendment) Act 2014 (Word)

    Information on new Employment Permits (Amendment) Act 2014 (pdf)


    Know Your Rights: Racism (pdf)

    Homeless Services

    Homeless Services Contact Details (pdf)

    Useful Links PDF

    Information Providers (pdf)

    Social Welfare

    Social Welfare Information (pdf)

    Join a Union

    Joining a union strengthens rights and protections for you and all workers. If you're not sure which union represents you, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions can help - just click below!

    Which union and how to join (ICTU)

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  • Migrant Voices

    Migrant Forum 2012

    As part of MRCI’s commitment to providing accurate and up-to-date information to migrants, we set up the Migrants' Forum some years ago. The Forum is a place for migrant workers and their families to share their experiences, receive support and information, share and develop our analysis of the issues facing migrant workers in Ireland, and identify solutions to shared issues.

    All migrant workers and their family members are welcome to participate in the Migrants Forum. It is a family friendly, informal and diverse space. Information on future Forums, including dates and topics, is available on flyers and posters in the MRCI Drop-In Centre and also on our Facebook page.We are always looking for more people who would like to participate and have their voices heard.

    If you would like to know more about the Forum and how to get involved, contact Sancha in MRCI:

    Tel: 01 8897570


    Some feedback from the Migrants' Forum:

    “The forum gives me the opportunity to be updated on laws and information that affects me and my family here in Ireland. It also informs me about what is going on in the lives of other migrant workers.  In the future I think more migrant workers should involve in organising the forum, this will be very important."

    “A good space to come together, get information and share experiences in a less intimidating way. This is very important."

    As a case worker attending and participating in the Migrants Forum, it is a good way of knowing the different issues facing migrant workers and their families.  A very diverse group attends and there are very  different issues and things that come up, it’s all there, It is a space for social interaction that is not just only on the surface but about building relationships which is very important."

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    Drop-In Centre 2014



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    Drop-In Centre 2012


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