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

CHANGE TO CRITERIA FOR RESIDENCY PERMISSION FOR DE FACTO PARTNERS OF IRISH CITIZENS

The INIS have altered the eligibility criteria for applications for residency for the de facto partners of Irish citizens. Applicants are now required to have cohabited together with their Irish citizen partner for a period of one year. This has been reduced from the previous two year requirement. A new application form has also been published and is now to be used when making the de facto residency permission application. The application form includes statutory declarations to be sworn by the applicant, the Irish citizen and a supporting witness. The application form and a guidance note can be found on the INIS web page. If you have queries or wish to submit an application for residency permission on as the partner of an Irish citizen do not hesitate to contact the office.

UPDATE ON THE CASE OF MAHMOOD AND ATIF AND CONTINUED DELAYS IN THE PROCESSING OF VISA APPLICATIONS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS OF EU CITIZENS

We have written on our blog previously about the case of Mahmood and Atif v Minister for Justice and Equality, the judgment of the High Court issued on 14th October 2016. It is our understanding that this ruling of the High Court has been appealed to the Court of Appeal by the Respondent. We note that this case is to be mentioned before the Court of Appeal in late March 2017, to be given a date for hearing of the appeal. We understand that the Respondent has sought a stay on the High Court order that the visa applications in this case are processed within a six-week period. It is understanding that the Court of Appeal has refused to grant such an order. We hope that a decision in the Mahmood and Atif case is issued to the applicants within the time frame ordered by the High Court in these circumstances. We note that the Court of Appeal may go on to consider the appeal application in Mahmood and Atif on the principles raised by the case. Our clients still continue to experience unreasonable and unlawful delays in the processing of visas for their family members under Directive 2004/38/EC and The European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2015 and we submit that such delays are inexcusable and unjustifiable. If you or your family are impacted by these issues or similar issues, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss this in more detail.

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

CHANGE TO CRITERIA FOR RESIDENCY PERMISSION FOR DE FACTO PARTNERS OF IRISH CITIZENS

The INIS have altered the eligibility criteria for applications for residency for the de facto partners of Irish citizens. Applicants are now required to have cohabited together with their Irish citizen partner for a period of one year. This has been reduced from the previous two year requirement. A new application form has also been published and is now to be used when making the de facto residency permission application. The application form includes statutory declarations to be sworn by the applicant, the Irish citizen and a supporting witness. The application form and a guidance note can be found on the INIS web page. If you have queries or wish to submit an application for residency permission on as the partner of an Irish citizen do not hesitate to contact the office.

UPDATE ON THE CASE OF MAHMOOD AND ATIF AND CONTINUED DELAYS IN THE PROCESSING OF VISA APPLICATIONS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS OF EU CITIZENS

We have written on our blog previously about the case of Mahmood and Atif v Minister for Justice and Equality, the judgment of the High Court issued on 14th October 2016. It is our understanding that this ruling of the High Court has been appealed to the Court of Appeal by the Respondent. We note that this case is to be mentioned before the Court of Appeal in late March 2017, to be given a date for hearing of the appeal. We understand that the Respondent has sought a stay on the High Court order that the visa applications in this case are processed within a six-week period. It is understanding that the Court of Appeal has refused to grant such an order. We hope that a decision in the Mahmood and Atif case is issued to the applicants within the time frame ordered by the High Court in these circumstances. We note that the Court of Appeal may go on to consider the appeal application in Mahmood and Atif on the principles raised by the case. Our clients still continue to experience unreasonable and unlawful delays in the processing of visas for their family members under Directive 2004/38/EC and The European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2015 and we submit that such delays are inexcusable and unjustifiable. If you or your family are impacted by these issues or similar issues, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss this in more detail.

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Our offices are located at 71 Amiens Street, Dublin 1