Scheme for long-term undocumented migrants now open for applications



31 January 2022


The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, TD, has today opened the scheme to regularise thousands of undocumented migrants and their families who are living in Ireland.


Online applications for the scheme will be accepted from 10:00am today for six months until 31 July 2022, when the scheme will close. Applications can be made online at


The scheme will enable applicants, and their eligible dependents where the specific criteria is met, to remain and reside in the State and to regularise their residency status.


Opening the scheme, Minister McEntee said,


“I am delighted to now be able to open the once-in-a-generation scheme for long-term undocumented migrants and their family members living in Ireland. The scheme has been welcomed by those who have been contributing to our society for years but were seeking a way of regularising their status here in Ireland.


“I firmly believe this scheme will improve the lives of thousands of people across the country who contribute to our society, enrich our culture and work in our economy but unfortunately still live in the legal shadows.


“People come to Ireland to make a better life for themselves and their families and they can find themselves undocumented for many reasons.


“This scheme will provide an opportunity for those who meet its criteria to remain and reside in the State and to become part of mainstream Irish society rather than living on its margins.”


Primary applicants who are eligible under the scheme will:



Those with an existing Deportation Order can apply, if they meet the minimum undocumented residence requirement. Applicants must meet standards regarding good character and criminal record/behaviour and not pose a threat to the State. Having convictions for minor offences will not, by itself, result in disqualification.


People with expired student permissions will also be able to apply, if they meet the minimum undocumented residence requirement.


Minister McEntee added,


“People who are in an undocumented situation are burdened with a great deal of stress and uncertainty regarding their position in society. Unfortunately, they also may be more vulnerable to exploitation due to their precarious legal situation.


“In an effort to reach those migrant communities most likely to benefit from the scheme, my Department will engage in a targeted communications campaign during the six month application window.


“The support of key organisations working directly with people and families who find themselves in these circumstances will also be crucial in encouraging people to come forward and participate in the scheme.”


Further details regarding the qualifying criteria, the required documentation, and how to apply for the scheme are available on the Department's immigration website at


As previously announced by the Minister, international protection applicants who have an outstanding application for international protection and have been in the asylum process for a minimum of 2 years will have a separate application process. The International Protection Office will contact potentially eligible applicants shortly with further details.




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