534. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Justice when she expects to publish a scheme for the regularisation of undocumented migrants; when she expects such a scheme to commence accepting applications; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43252/21]
Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy James Browne): The Programme for Government contains a commitment to bring forward a regularisation scheme within 18 months of the formation of the Government, to create new pathways for long-term undocumented people and their dependents with due consideration of Ireland's European Union (EU) and Common Travel Area (CTA) commitments.
Proposals for the draft scheme and the criteria to apply are being developed by my Department in line with this commitment, and informed by research and consultation with key stakeholders and engagement with Government Departments as appropriate.
Following this engagement with stakeholders, my Department is now working to finalise the details for the scheme, including eligibility considerations and qualifying criteria, with a view to bringing a proposal to Government shortly to allow for the launch of the scheme before the end of this year.