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

THE RIGHT OF NON-NATIONAL SPOUSES OF IRISH CITIZENS TO RESIDE IN IRELAND: GORRY V MINISTER FOR JUSTICE AND EQUALITY

The Court of Appeal has considered the right of an Irish citizen to have their non-national spouse reside with them in Ireland in the case of Gorry v Minister for Justice and Equality [2017]. The Court concluded that an Irish citizen does not have an absolute right to have their spouse reside with them, and acknowledged “the right to control aliens, their entry into the State, their departure, and their activities within the State, is part of the inherent power of the State as a sovereign State.” However the Court emphasised the duty of the Minister, on behalf of the State, to thoroughly consider the rights of the couple as a family within the meaning of the Irish Constitution and the rights of the individual as a citizen and to balance such rights against the interests of the State to determine whether an individual may reside in Ireland with their Irish spouse.

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING NATURALISATION APPLICATIONS AND RECKONABLE RESIDENCE

Reckonable residence is the duration of an individual’s residence in Ireland considered when examining an application for naturalisation. It is the period of lawful residence in Ireland excluding any time spent as an asylum seeker or on a student visa. To be eligible to apply for naturalisation in Ireland an individual must have acquired five years reckonable residence in Ireland, the Minister may make exceptions and waive a certain period of reckonable residence where the individual is a refugee, stateless or has Irish associations.

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

THE RIGHT OF NON-NATIONAL SPOUSES OF IRISH CITIZENS TO RESIDE IN IRELAND: GORRY V MINISTER FOR JUSTICE AND EQUALITY

The Court of Appeal has considered the right of an Irish citizen to have their non-national spouse reside with them in Ireland in the case of Gorry v Minister for Justice and Equality [2017]. The Court concluded that an Irish citizen does not have an absolute right to have their spouse reside with them, and acknowledged “the right to control aliens, their entry into the State, their departure, and their activities within the State, is part of the inherent power of the State as a sovereign State.” However the Court emphasised the duty of the Minister, on behalf of the State, to thoroughly consider the rights of the couple as a family within the meaning of the Irish Constitution and the rights of the individual as a citizen and to balance such rights against the interests of the State to determine whether an individual may reside in Ireland with their Irish spouse.

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING NATURALISATION APPLICATIONS AND RECKONABLE RESIDENCE

Reckonable residence is the duration of an individual’s residence in Ireland considered when examining an application for naturalisation. It is the period of lawful residence in Ireland excluding any time spent as an asylum seeker or on a student visa. To be eligible to apply for naturalisation in Ireland an individual must have acquired five years reckonable residence in Ireland, the Minister may make exceptions and waive a certain period of reckonable residence where the individual is a refugee, stateless or has Irish associations.

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Our offices are located at 71 Amiens Street, Dublin 1