Regularisation Scheme

for Undocumented People

Scheme opening date: 31st January – 31st July 2022

After 11 years campaigning by the Justice for the Undocumented Group, a scheme to regularise the status of people living in Ireland long-term without papers was announced on 3rd December 2021.

OPENING DATE: Applications will open on the 31st January 2022 and people have until the 31st July 2022 to submit their application.

IMPORTANT: the Department of Justice published a new information page on 13 January.  Click here to visit the page.

We know that some undocumented people will not be included in the scheme. Please get in touch with us as we continue to clarify criteria and can provide you with accurate information.

There is a lot of work still to do and so much more to fight for. This journey will continue!

Members holding 'Together we did it' cut out
JFU campaigners with banner at scheme announcement

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Criteria we know so far

  • By the time the scheme opens on the 31st January 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 in the International Protection system who have been in the asylum process for a minimum of 2 years can apply
  • 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

Watch our video and follow our step by step checklist below to make sure you are ready to apply for the scheme:


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the scheme? Why is this scheme beneficial for me?

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 meet the criteria.

When is the scheme open? When can I apply?

The scheme will open on 31st January 2022 and you can submit your application until the 31st July 2022. You cannot start your application before the 31st January.

You apply for this scheme online here. For more information check the Department of Justice information page.

You can only apply ONLINE, you cannot apply by post or any other way.

There is no limit on the number of people that can apply and get their status in this scheme so do not rush your application.

You don’t need to submit it immediately when the scheme opens, you have 6 months to submit your application.

We will be providing a range of supports to people over the coming months so please avail of these to help you apply if needed.

Before applying we recommend you read the criteria carefully to ensure you qualify.

Who can apply for the scheme? What is the criteria?

You can see the criteria we know so far here in our Criteria section.

You can also refer to the Department of Justice information page.

How much does the scheme cost?

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

I am in the asylum process, can I apply?

You may be able to apply. If you have been awaiting a decision for 2 years or more then you can apply.

We are still waiting for more information on this track.

How do I apply for the scheme?

You apply for this scheme online here. For more information check the Department of Justice information page.

You can only apply ONLINE, you cannot apply by post or any other way.

There is no limit on the number of people that can apply and get their status in this scheme so do not rush your application.

You don’t need to submit it immediately when the scheme opens, you have 6 months to submit your application.

We will be providing a range of supports to people over the coming months so please avail of these to help you apply if needed.

Can I include my family members in my application?

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.

Is it safe to apply for this scheme?

If you meet the criteria then you can safely apply for this scheme.

If you don’t meet the criteria please speak with us before applying as you may put yourself at risk.

We recommend you contact our caseworkers via our web form here.

If I don’t meet the criteria what should I do?

If you do not meet the criteria then it is unlikely you will be successful if you apply.

We recommend you speak with us as you may put yourself at risk.

You can contact our caseworkers via our web form here.

What information or documents do I need to provide?

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.

What documents do my family members need to provide if I am including them in my application?

For adults in a family application they will accept the following documentation:

  • Marriage certificate (issued in the State or abroad)
  • Civil partnership certificate (issued in the State or abroad). This civil partnership must be recognised under Irish law.

For defacto partner in the family application, you must submit the following documentation, to show that you have been in a relationship and living together for more than 2 years, prior to the launch of this scheme:

  • Evidence that you have been living together for the last two years (for example, tenancy agreements, utility bills, bank statements showing both applicants living at the same address)
  • Evidence of a durable relationship (for example, evidence of jointly-owned assets, evidence of shared bank accounts or insurance, evidence of travel, birth certificates of any children of the partnership)
  • If either person was previously married or in a civil partnership, a decree or other evidence of divorce, dissolution, annulment, or legal separation, or a death certificate as appropriate.

Where an application includes a child under the age of 23, the following must be submitted:

  • Birth certificate, naming at least one of the adults in the family application as the biological parent
  • In the case of adoption, an official adoption certificate from the country where the child was adopted.

What if I am missing a document?

You don’t need to provide all the documents on the list, just one to prove your identity and one per year of residence.

If you are still unsure, you can contact our caseworkers via our web form here.

Can I apply to the scheme by myself?

Yes, you can absolutely apply for this scheme by yourself. 

If you need support you can contact our caseworkers for free at MRCI via our web form here

What happens if I am not successful in the process?

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 contact our caseworkers via our web form here.

What could be the reasons for refusal of my application?

  • 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.

How do I stay up to date on developments about the scheme?

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

Who is MRCI/JFU?

MRCI (Migrant Rights Centre Ireland) are a charitable organisation that supports migrants here 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 over 2,000 undocumented people living in Ireland fighting for a pathway to papers for undocumented workers and families.

I have another question. Can I speak to somebody before proceeding?

If you have read all our information and still need more support you can contact our caseworkers via our web form here.

Disclaimer: Please note the information on this page is based on the government announcement of 3rd December 2021. It is not intended as, and should not be considered as legal advice. The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland disclaims any legal responsibility for the content or the accuracy of the information provided; MRCI is not a practicing law centre.

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