Recent Immigration Updates in Ireland 2024

The Department of Justice has recently implemented two significant updates aimed at streamlining processes and enhancing efficiency for immigrants residing in the country. These updates mark a change in responsibility and eligibility criteria, impacting individuals seeking first-time registration or renewals of residence permissions.  Transfer of responsibility for first-time registration and renewals  One of the key … Read more

Recognition of Foreign Divorce in Retention applications – Domicile v. Residence

We are delighted to share a recent successful outcome in an application for the review of a residence retention decision. This case underscored the importance of distinguishing between residence and domicile when seeking to retain residence rights following a foreign divorce. Our client is a Brazilian national who arrived in Ireland as a student in … Read more

ISD notice – Scam Calls

The Department of Justice Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) released a notice regarding scam calls portraying to be ISD officials. We kindly urge our clients and the wider public to be vigilant when receiving calls from unknown numbers and to not engage at all when uncertain. ISD confirms they will not contact members of the public … Read more

Retrospective 2023: Find out everything that happened with Work Permits in Ireland

On 2nd January the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment reported Employment Permits statistical tables and company listings for the year 2023. According to the information, 30.981 Work Permits were granted in Ireland, with India occupying first place in the ranking with 11.893 work permits (38.39%) and Brazilians occupying second place with 2.632 work permits … Read more

What is the Labour Market Needs Test?

The Labour Market Needs Test is a requirement for certain types of employment permit applications in Ireland. The government’s policy dictates that job openings should first be offered to suitably skilled Irish and other European Economic Area (EEA) nationals. And these opportunities should only be extended to non-EEA nationals if no suitable candidate emerges from … Read more

Eligibility for a Stamp 4 EUFAM application based on Marriage or De-facto partnership with an EEA national

EU Treaty entitlements refer to the rights of Union citizens and their family members to move freely within EU Member States, established by Directive 2004/38/EC. Implemented in Ireland through the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2015, these laws grant specific rights based on economic activities such as employment, self-employment, study, and financial self-sufficiency. … Read more

Citizenship Applications can now be made online

As of 16th October 2023, the process for applying for Irish citizenship has been incorporated into an existing online application portal (ISD Portal). Prior to that, applicants were required to complete a paper application form (Form 8), which had to be signed in the presence of a lawyer. Additionally, the full application including supporting documents … Read more

Changes to Irish Naturalisation rules

The Courts and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2023 brought into effect by Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, has introduced significant changes to Naturalisation applications in Ireland, starting from 31st July 2023. Below are the main amendments: The previous “six-week rule” has been replaced, and now applicants are allowed to be absent from Ireland for … Read more

Closure of the Immigrant Investor Programme

The Minister for Justice, Simon Harris TD, has announced the closure of the Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP) in Ireland to all new projects from 15th February 2023. The IIP was introduced by the Irish Government in 2012 and it was a pathway for non-EEA nationals to secure a residence permission in Ireland based on long-term … Read more

Reckonable permissions for Naturalisation

In order to apply for Irish Naturalisation you must have lived in the State for a certain length of time. The specific requirements for an ordinary application (based on your own residency and not based on marriage or associations) are that you: Reckonable residence means residence in Ireland that counts towards becoming eligible to apply … Read more