The Immigration Blog

MINISTER FOR JUSTICE ANNOUNCES THE RESUMPTION OF SHORT STAY ENTRY VISA PROCESSING AND THE FINAL EXTENSION OF IMMIGRATION PERMISSIONS

On 10th September 2021, the Minister for Justice and Minister of State for Law Reform, Youth Justice and Immigration announced the resumption of short stay entry visa processing. This came into effect on Monday, the 13th September 2021 and applications for short stay visas are now open. Additionally a further final temporary extension of immigration international protection permissions to 15th January 2022 was announced. This extension applies to immigration and international protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 21st September 2021 and 15th January 2022.

CLIENT OF BERKELEY SOLICITORS GRANTED CERTIFICATE OF NATIONALITY FOR THEIR MINOR STATELESS CHILD

We at Berkeley Solicitors are delighted for our clients and their minor child who was granted a certificate of nationality pursuant to Section 28 of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956. This is the second client of our office that has been issued with a certificate of nationality under the 1956 Act.

UPDATE ON SCHEME TO REGULARISE UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANTS

Following a public forum for discussions with immigration and refugee organisations on the 23rd July 2021, the Minister of State for Law Reform, Youth Justice and Immigration provided an update on the scheme to regularise undocumented migrants in the State. The scheme will allow for undocumented migrants who have been living in the State for four years, or three years if they have children to apply to regularise their status in the State. It is expected that the scheme will be brought to Cabinet for approval in September and will be open for applications by the end of the year.
IILA

FOUNDING OF THE IRISH IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

Karen Berkeley is proud to be a founding member of the Irish Immigration Lawyers Association. The IILA will be launched on Friday 23rd July 2021 at 3 pm and will include addresses from An Taoiseach Micheál Martin and High Court Judge Tara Burns who is in charge of the asylum and immigration list. The Irish Immigration Lawyers Association will:............

KAREN BERKELEY ON THE ACTIVIST LAWYER PODCAST

Karen Berkeley was delighted to be invited as guest on to the Activist Lawyer podcast to discuss her experience working as an immigration solicitor. Check out the conversation here:......

EMPLOYMENT PERMITS NOW OPEN TO HEALTHCARE ASSISTANTS

In an announcement published on 14th June 2021, Minister Damien English confirmed that healthcare assistants will now be eligible to apply for employment permits in the State. Eligibility for employment permits in Ireland is determined by the critical skills list and ineligible occupations list which are reviewed twice a year. In deciding to remove healthcare assistants from the ineligible list it was noted that: ‘evidence within the healthcare sector suggest increasing competition for skilled candidates in several healthcare roles.’

LIFTING OF TEMPORARY ENTRY AND TRANSIT VISA RESTRICTIONS

In an announcement published on 15th June 2021, the Minister for Justice announced that the temporary entry and transit visa restrictions which were imposed on the 28th January 2021 have been lifted for several countries. It was announced that: ‘From 16th June 2021 passport holders of the following countries can now travel to Ireland without applying for an entry or transit visa in advance of departure:

ONUS ON MINISTER TO CARRY OUT RIGOROUS INVESTIGATIONS BEFORE MAKING AN ALLEGATION OF FRAUD AGAINST APPLICANTS

In the judgment of Mr Justice Max Barrett in the case of Jaysheering Saneecher and Nikolajs Samkovs V The Minister for Justice and Equality delivered on 5th May 2021 it was concluded that: ‘an investigation resulting in a determination that an application is fraudulent must be rigorous’ In this case, the Minister had disputed several facts which had been submitted by the applicants in their EU Treaty Rights application and therefore it was refused on fraudulent grounds.

The Immigration Blog

MINISTER FOR JUSTICE ANNOUNCES THE RESUMPTION OF SHORT STAY ENTRY VISA PROCESSING AND THE FINAL EXTENSION OF IMMIGRATION PERMISSIONS

On 10th September 2021, the Minister for Justice and Minister of State for Law Reform, Youth Justice and Immigration announced the resumption of short stay entry visa processing. This came into effect on Monday, the 13th September 2021 and applications for short stay visas are now open. Additionally a further final temporary extension of immigration international protection permissions to 15th January 2022 was announced. This extension applies to immigration and international protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 21st September 2021 and 15th January 2022.

CLIENT OF BERKELEY SOLICITORS GRANTED CERTIFICATE OF NATIONALITY FOR THEIR MINOR STATELESS CHILD

We at Berkeley Solicitors are delighted for our clients and their minor child who was granted a certificate of nationality pursuant to Section 28 of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956. This is the second client of our office that has been issued with a certificate of nationality under the 1956 Act.

UPDATE ON SCHEME TO REGULARISE UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANTS

Following a public forum for discussions with immigration and refugee organisations on the 23rd July 2021, the Minister of State for Law Reform, Youth Justice and Immigration provided an update on the scheme to regularise undocumented migrants in the State. The scheme will allow for undocumented migrants who have been living in the State for four years, or three years if they have children to apply to regularise their status in the State. It is expected that the scheme will be brought to Cabinet for approval in September and will be open for applications by the end of the year.
IILA

FOUNDING OF THE IRISH IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

Karen Berkeley is proud to be a founding member of the Irish Immigration Lawyers Association. The IILA will be launched on Friday 23rd July 2021 at 3 pm and will include addresses from An Taoiseach Micheál Martin and High Court Judge Tara Burns who is in charge of the asylum and immigration list. The Irish Immigration Lawyers Association will:............

KAREN BERKELEY ON THE ACTIVIST LAWYER PODCAST

Karen Berkeley was delighted to be invited as guest on to the Activist Lawyer podcast to discuss her experience working as an immigration solicitor. Check out the conversation here:......

EMPLOYMENT PERMITS NOW OPEN TO HEALTHCARE ASSISTANTS

In an announcement published on 14th June 2021, Minister Damien English confirmed that healthcare assistants will now be eligible to apply for employment permits in the State. Eligibility for employment permits in Ireland is determined by the critical skills list and ineligible occupations list which are reviewed twice a year. In deciding to remove healthcare assistants from the ineligible list it was noted that: ‘evidence within the healthcare sector suggest increasing competition for skilled candidates in several healthcare roles.’

LIFTING OF TEMPORARY ENTRY AND TRANSIT VISA RESTRICTIONS

In an announcement published on 15th June 2021, the Minister for Justice announced that the temporary entry and transit visa restrictions which were imposed on the 28th January 2021 have been lifted for several countries. It was announced that: ‘From 16th June 2021 passport holders of the following countries can now travel to Ireland without applying for an entry or transit visa in advance of departure:

ONUS ON MINISTER TO CARRY OUT RIGOROUS INVESTIGATIONS BEFORE MAKING AN ALLEGATION OF FRAUD AGAINST APPLICANTS

In the judgment of Mr Justice Max Barrett in the case of Jaysheering Saneecher and Nikolajs Samkovs V The Minister for Justice and Equality delivered on 5th May 2021 it was concluded that: ‘an investigation resulting in a determination that an application is fraudulent must be rigorous’ In this case, the Minister had disputed several facts which had been submitted by the applicants in their EU Treaty Rights application and therefore it was refused on fraudulent grounds.