On 6th December 2020, the Irish Times reported that a scheme to give undocumented migrants residency rights in the State is currently under consideration by the Minister for Justice.
The government has committed to the introduction of such a scheme within the first 18 months in office.
The new scheme is expected to provide a pathway for approximately 17,000 undocumented migrants to apply for lawful residence in the State.
The Minister for Justice stated that this figure included about 3,000 undocumented children, many of whom were born here and have lived all their lives in Ireland.
A policy document setting out a framework for the regularisation of status is likely to be published in the new year.
At present there are no further details on the scheme, though the Irish Times reported that part of the process will include Garda vetting, and that residency will be available to those who are considered to be no threat to the State.
The article can be read in full here.
Please be aware that the scheme is only under consideration at the moment, and no such scheme exists at present so therefore no new application process is currently available.
As soon as the intended scheme is published, we will post a further update on this blog.
If you or a family member have any queries about your immigration status, please do not hesitate contact our office.