Welcome to Berkeley Solicitors

We are a niche legal practice firm offering specialized expertise in the areas of Irish and EU Immigration Law.

The firm was started in October 2016 by Karen Berkeley after she had gained twelve years experience working in the areas of asylum and immigration law.  Berkeley Solicitors provides extensive legal services to clients from start to finish of the immigration process in Ireland. We understand the immigration process is often complicated and stressful for our clients. We carefully listen to our clients wishes, and their aspirations for our service. We provide straightforward and practical advice. We work respectfully with the government authorities on our client’s behalf. We aim to facilitate the best resolution for our clients as efficiently as possible.

We believe that our expertise in the immigration law area will benefit clients who are looking for a professional, experienced and efficient legal representation at competitive costs.

The Immigration Blog

INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION ACT 2015- NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) have issued an information notice for applicants for family reunification. The notice advises that the International Protection Act 2015 (2015 Act) will be commenced by the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality on 31st December 2016. The procedure and statutory framework for the assessment of applications for family reunification for recognised refugees is set to be overhauled by the commencement of this Act. It is important for family reunification applicants to note that once their application has been received by the Minister for Justice and Equality before commencement of the 2015 Act, these applications will be processed under the existing legislation, that is the Refugee Act 1996. New applicants or those considering making an application for family reunification should be aware that any applications for family reunification received by the Minister after commencement on 31st December 2016 will be processed under the 2015 Act. In cases where an application is made before commencement of the 2015 Act and permission for family reunification is granted after the Act’s commencement, the approved family members will be given permission to enter and reside in the State for a period of no less than one year, provided the sponsor’s permission is in force and provided the sponsor is entitled to remain in the State.

LONG STAY VISA APPLICATIONS AND THE FLEXIBILITY OF THE INIS POLICY DOCUMENT ON FAMILY REUNIFICATION, DECEMBER 2013

The INIS Policy document on Non-EEA Family Reunification, published in December 2013 provides a comprehensive statement on Irish national immigration policy in the area of family reunification. The policy lays out a number of overarching principles to the Minister’s assessment of applications for Non-EEA family members to live and reside with their Irish or legally resident family members in Ireland, as well as setting a number of specific thresholds relating to finance, income and dependency. We submit that this policy should be applied in a fair and flexible fashion, taking account of the salient facts and circumstances of the particular applicant and their family members. The Executive Summary to the policy itself states “Ministerial discretion applies to most of the decision making in the area of family reunification and this will continue to be the case”. “It is intended that family reunification with an Irish citizen or certain categories of non-EEA persons lawfully resident in the State will be facilitated as far as possible where people meet the criteria set out in this policy although of course each case must be considered on its merits”.

Welcome to Berkeley Solicitors

We are a niche legal practice firm offering specialized expertise in the areas of Irish and EU immigration law.

The firm was started in September 2016 by Karen Berkeley after she had gained twelve years experience working in the areas of asylum and immigration law.  Berkeley Solicitors provides extensive legal services to clients from start to finish of the immigration process in Ireland. We understand the immigration process is often complicated and stressful for our clients. We carefully listen to our clients wishes, and their aspirations for our service. We provide straightforward and practical advices. We work respectfully with the government authorities on our client’s behalf. We aim to facilitate the best resolution for our clients as efficiently as possible.

We believe that our expertise in the immigration law area will benefit clients who are looking for a professional, experienced and efficient legal representation at competitive costs.

The Immigration Blog

INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION ACT 2015- NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) have issued an information notice for applicants for family reunification. The notice advises that the International Protection Act 2015 (2015 Act) will be commenced by the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality on 31st December 2016. The procedure and statutory framework for the assessment of applications for family reunification for recognised refugees is set to be overhauled by the commencement of this Act. It is important for family reunification applicants to note that once their application has been received by the Minister for Justice and Equality before commencement of the 2015 Act, these applications will be processed under the existing legislation, that is the Refugee Act 1996. New applicants or those considering making an application for family reunification should be aware that any applications for family reunification received by the Minister after commencement on 31st December 2016 will be processed under the 2015 Act. In cases where an application is made before commencement of the 2015 Act and permission for family reunification is granted after the Act’s commencement, the approved family members will be given permission to enter and reside in the State for a period of no less than one year, provided the sponsor’s permission is in force and provided the sponsor is entitled to remain in the State.

LONG STAY VISA APPLICATIONS AND THE FLEXIBILITY OF THE INIS POLICY DOCUMENT ON FAMILY REUNIFICATION, DECEMBER 2013

The INIS Policy document on Non-EEA Family Reunification, published in December 2013 provides a comprehensive statement on Irish national immigration policy in the area of family reunification. The policy lays out a number of overarching principles to the Minister’s assessment of applications for Non-EEA family members to live and reside with their Irish or legally resident family members in Ireland, as well as setting a number of specific thresholds relating to finance, income and dependency. We submit that this policy should be applied in a fair and flexible fashion, taking account of the salient facts and circumstances of the particular applicant and their family members. The Executive Summary to the policy itself states “Ministerial discretion applies to most of the decision making in the area of family reunification and this will continue to be the case”. “It is intended that family reunification with an Irish citizen or certain categories of non-EEA persons lawfully resident in the State will be facilitated as far as possible where people meet the criteria set out in this policy although of course each case must be considered on its merits”.

Get in touch

Our offices are located at 71 Amiens Street, Dublin 1