Ireland: Scheme to Regularize Long-Term Undocumented Immigrants

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

Key Points  

  • Long-term undocumented immigrants in Ireland may be eligible to apply for valid immigration permissions beginning Jan. 2022 


The government of Ireland approved a scheme that will offer a pathway for immigrants not currently holding valid immigration permissions to remain and reside in Ireland to apply and legalize their residency status. Applicants will be allowed to remain in Ireland during the legalization period.  

The scheme will open for online applications in Jan. 2022 and will remain open to applicants for a period of 6 months. Eligible individuals include: 

  • Have had a period of residency of at least four years in Ireland without holding immigration permissions once applications have been opened; or 
  • Have been granted an immigration permission that has allowed for unrestricted access to the labor market; and 
  • Meet the government standards of good character and have no criminal record

What are the Changes? 

Immigrants currently residing in Ireland without valid immigration permissions will be allowed to remain in the country and apply for the appropriate permissions beginning Jan 2022. The online application period will remain open for 6 months.   

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of Ireland’s website and Envoy’s website for additional updates and information.  

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.