On 3rd December 2021 the Department of Justice announced a scheme to regularise the status of people living in Ireland long-term without papers.
Regularisation Scheme for Undocumented People
Scheme open from 31st January until 31st July 2022
Follow our Step by Step guide on how to apply below, read the criteria and register for a face to face application support clinic.
Criteria to qualify
- On the day the scheme opened (31st January 2022) you must have been undocumented for 4 years or more, or 3 years or more if you have children in Ireland under the age of 18
- People with an existing Deportation Order or who have an Application under Section 3 can apply
- Applicants must meet standards regarding good character. Having convictions for minor offences will not, of itself, result in disqualification
- You are allowed to have left Ireland during the previous 4 or 3 years for up to 60 days
- People in the International Protection system who have been in the asylum process for a minimum of 2 years can apply under a different strand
Frequently Asked Questions
The scheme will allow undocumented people who meet the criteria to get a residence permission (stamp 4) in Ireland.
That means if your application is successful, you will no longer be undocumented.
Each successful applicant will be issued with letter confirming their residence permission (Stamp 4)
- This permission will allow you to work in any job
- This permission will count towards citizenship
- You will be able to travel home for a short time and come back to Ireland
- This permission will be granted for an initial period of two years and may be renewed thereafter provided the conditions under which the initial permission was granted continue to be met
- A successful applicant can apply for family reunification under the Policy Document on Non-EEA Family Reunification subject to further criteria
The scheme is now open and you can submit your application until the 31st July 2022.
You can only apply ONLINE, you cannot apply by post or any other way.
We encourage everyone who meets the criteria to apply, do not miss this opportunity to regularise your immigration status.
Application fees are non-refundable
Family Unit application – €700
- Covers main applicant and their spouse/civil partner/de facto partner and their dependent children under the age 18 years
- Will cover those aged 18-23 years where eligible
Individual Application – €550
A fee of €300 will be required for each person over the age of 18 to register and receive an IRP card
People in International Protection (IPO) Application- NO FEES
If you cannot afford to pay for your fees MRCI can help you. Please get in touch with us via our webform here.
- Applicants will be contacted by the Department to apply
- You can also access the form via the link below
- No application fees
- Applications are open now until 7th August 2022
YES, any adult who meets the criteria can also include their spouse or partner and their children according to the criteria below:
Children under 18 can be included with you in your application once they can prove they are living with you immediately prior to the publication of this Scheme on 13 January 2022 and still living with you now.
Spouses and De Facto Partners can be included with you in your application only if they have been undocumented for the last 2 years and have been living with you for the last 2 years.
Dependent children between 18 & 23 can be included with you in your application only if they have been undocumented for the last 2 years and have been living with you for the last 2 years.
You can read the detailed criteria for main applicants and family members on the Department of Justice information page.
If you meet the criteria we strongly encourage you to apply for this scheme. It is safe and many people have already received their positive results.
Do not miss this opportunity.
If you don’t meet the criteria please speak with us before applying as you may put yourself at risk, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
eVetting is a process to check whether you have a criminal record. The process is carried out via an online form, details of which will be sent to you by email.
One of the qualifying criteria for the regularisation scheme is that you are of good character and conduct.
As part of the application process, all applicants over the age of 16 will be required to undergo eVetting.
Step 1: After you submit your application you will receive an invitation from the Undocumented Scheme Unit to complete an e-vetting application.
Step 2: After you send back the signed form, you will then receive an email from the National Vetting Bureau with a direct link to the online vetting application form. You have 30 days to complete and submit the online vetting application from the day you receive the link.
Step 3: Your vetting application will be assessed by the Undocumented Scheme Unit. If there are any issues with the application it will be returned to you. Otherwise the application will be forwarded to the National Vetting Bureau. A vetting disclosure will be provided by the National Vetting Bureau to the Undocumented Scheme unit and this will be reviewed as part of the decision making process on your application. E-vetting is conducted by the Garda Siochána National Vetting Bureau.
We are aware of delays with the evetting process – you don’t need to worry. Please be patient and remain calm as they are handling thousands of applications.
The Department of Justice has released a list of documents accepted.
To prove identity, you will be required to submit at least one identity document.
To prove residence you will be required to submit at least one document for each of the past 4 years/3 years that you have been living undocumented in the State.
Expired documents that support your identity will be accepted to support your application.
Letters from friends/neighbours will not be accepted as the only proof of residency in the State. These documents may be submitted as supporting documentation only.
You don’t need to provide all the documents on the list, just one to prove your identity and one per year of residence.
We will review the documents you have, make suggestions and advise you on your application.
You will need to create one pdf for your identity documents. If you have more than one proof of identity they need to be merged together into one pdf. If you are submitting a family application you need one pdf for each person.
You will need to create one pdf with your proof of residence for each year. If you have several proofs of residence for a single year they need to be merged together into one pdf. You only need to provide proof for the last 4, 3 or 2 years as per the criteria of the scheme. If you are submitting a family application you need one pdf for each person.
You will need to create one pdf for proof of family relationship in a family application.
If you need support with preparing your documents, come to one of our Application Assistance Clinics
Each family member included in the main applicant’s application must prove their relationship to the main applicant. You can find more information here.
Each family member included in the main applicant’s application must provide evidence of their undocumented residence in the State. You can find a list of documents here.
You will have the option to appeal this decision. Appeals must be received by the Immigration service within 30 days of a negative result.
The officer may either confirm the original decision or grant approval of the application.
If you don’t meet the criteria please speak with us before applying as you may put yourself at risk.
We recommend you email us at email@example.com
- Applications will be refused where they do not meet all of the criteria for the Scheme including residency, character/conduct, threat to State etc.
- Having convictions for minor offences will not, of itself, result in disqualification.
- Provision of inadequate or inconsistent information.
- Applications will not be accepted where any false or misleading information is provided.
Some people have already received their positive results. The Department has informed us that they will process applications as quickly as possible.
Please be patient as they are processing thousands of applications.
If you have queries regarding your ongoing application with the Department of Justice, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Feel free to download and print our poster to share with your friends and in your local community or use our social media poster to share it on Facebook/Instagram/WhatsApp with your friends.
You can download materials here and share our information sessions.
MRCI (Migrant Rights Centre Ireland) is a non-governmental organisation that supports migrants in Ireland. We are here to provide free advice to you safely and securely. We will never share your details with anyone.
JFU (Justice for the Undocumented) is a community of 3,000 undocumented people living in Ireland fighting for a pathway to papers for undocumented workers and families.
Please make sure to stay connected as we get more news so you don’t miss out on anything. You can join MRCI’s Justice for the Undocumented mailing list to stay right up to speed on developments. You can sign up here www.mrci.ie/jfu-campaign
All successful recipients of the scheme that are over the age of 16 will be required to attend in person to register their permission.
If you live in Dublin you need to call Freephone 1800 741741.
If you live outside Dublin you need to contact your local immigration office.
Successful scheme applicants cannot use the online booking system for renewals.
For queries relating to appointments people can email email@example.com