Stakeholders updated on scheme to regularise undocumented migrants
NGOs, civil society organisations and other stakeholders have been updated on the proposed regularisation scheme for long-term undocumented migrants.
James Browne, the minister of state for law reform, youth justice and immigration, delivered an update on the scheme after reviewing submissions received from NGOs and other key stakeholders received during a consultation process.
It is expected that the undocumented scheme will open by the end of the year and successful applicants will receive immigration permission, access to the labour market and can move towards citizenship.
Speaking about the scheme, Mr Browne said: “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.
“I want to thank everybody who took the time to make a submission as part of our consultation process. The submissions have all been carefully examined and my department continues to work to finalise the details, including eligibility considerations and qualifying criteria with a view to bringing final proposals to Government in September.
“Successful applicants will receive an immigration permission, access to the labour market and will be able to begin the process of becoming Irish citizens, should they wish to do so.”