Immigration expertise

Our expertise in immigration is extensive. We advise and act for our clients in respect of the following matters:

  • Adult children of non-EEA residents: advice on your rights and your options, and information about campaigns to improve the rights of children of non-EEA parents when they become adults.
  • Bulgarian and Romanian citizens: , rights of parents with Irish citizen children (Zambrano), residency applications and work permit applications.
  • Businesses: Investor and Entrepreneur Schemes; applications for the new (since April 2012) Immigrant Investor Programme and the Start-up Entrepreneur Programme, to support non-EEA nationals who have an innovative business idea for a High Potential Start-up and funding of €75,000.
  • Citizenship: advice in relation to applications for Irish Citizenship through birth, descent and by Naturalisation.
  • Change of status applications: for example, applications to change from dependent residency permission (Stamp 3) or student-type permissions (Stamp 2) to Stamp 4 residency permission with access to the labour market.
  • De-facto relationships and civil partnerships, same-sex and male/female relationships: entry visa and residency applications.
  • Deportation Orders: applications for the revocation of an existing Deportation Order or notification of an intention to deport, in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 (11) of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended).
  • Employers, employees, and recruitment agencies: applications for Work Permits, Green Cards and Business Permission. Information sessions, talks and consultation about equality laws, the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers, and how to harness the energy of a diverse workplace (cultural awareness training).
  • EU treaty rights: free movement of European workers and their families under Directive 2004/38/EC.
  • Five year worker scheme and redundant work-permit holders: regularising your immigration position and knowing your rights in respect of redundancy and employment law.
  • Family members of refugees: knowing and accessing your residency rights following a change of circumstance, for example if you are no longer co-habiting with the refugee.
  • Family reunification applications: making applications on behalf of refugees, EU workers and Irish nationals wishing to be joined in Ireland by family members from non-EEA countries.
  • Judicial Review: taking cases to the High Court, which has the power to review the decisions of administrative authorities, for example if a decision is made without due regard to the proper procedures.
  • Law Reform: The Immigration Residence & Protection Bill 2010 is now being rewritten by the Department of Justice and Equality. We will be keeping a close eye on the new Bill, and following its progress through the committee stage closely.
  • Leave to remain applications: acting on behalf of applicants for protection and for undocumented migrants in applications to the Department of Justice for permission to remain in the State.
  • Long-Term residency applications and applications for permission to remain without condition as to time (WCATT).
  • Non-EEA residents who have overstayed their visa: presenting your case for regularisation.
  • Spouses, de-facto partners, and civil partners of Irish Nationals and of European Union Nationals: entry visa and residency applications.
  • Stamp 3 holders/ dependent spousal visas: change of status applications; applications for permissions to work, or for independent residency status, for example following divorce or domestic violence.
  • Students: The current International Student Scheme ( ‘New Immigration Regime for Full Time Non-EEA students’) as introduced in January 2011. Language Courses, Further Education Courses or Degree Programme courses. Short term language students. Providing talks for student groups on immigration and equality matters. Rights in relation to your college;  discrimination and breach of contract.
  • Subsidiary Protection (under Council Directive 2004/83/EC of 29 April 2004 on minimum standards for the qualification and status of third country nationals or stateless persons as refugees or as persons who otherwise need international protection and the content of the protection granted).
  • Turkish nationals: advising on the Turkish Association Agreement.
  • Undocumented residents and their families: applications for permission to reside for former Work Permit holders who have become undocumented through no fault of their own, and by others who find themselves in difficult circumstances.
  • Visa applications: Holiday visas, re-entry visas etc.
  • “Zambrano” applications: residency applications for the parents of Irish-citizen children, following the decision of the European Court of Justice of March 2011 (Case C-34/09 – Gerardo Ruiz Zambrano v Office National de l’Emploi)