The Ukrainian crisis is prompting an inspiring display of solidarity and charity both here in Ireland and across the globe. We have received many questions from the public on how Irish citizens can help with the crisis, whether it's through sponsoring refugees or donating supplies and aid.

Right now, there is no single agency or network coordinating all relief efforts or organising options for supporting and relocating refugees.

Donate to the Irish Red Cross Ukraine crisis appeal

Red Cross teams are on the ground now in Ukraine and will continue their work to repair vital infrastructure, support health facilities, and help families with life-saving food and hygiene items. 

Donate to Polish Humanitarian Action

Poland-based organisations are providing humanitarian assistance including food and other forms of support to people who have had to leave their homes. They are asking for donations to help people affected by conflict, including internally displaced persons and refugees coming to Poland.

Become a community sponsor in Clare through DORAS

Doras is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation working to support and promote the rights of all migrants in Ireland.

 

The Minister has decided to extend the closing date for the submission of all applications under the Afghan Admission Programme to 11 March 2022.

 

Sponsoring applicants can also make an application on behalf of their minor siblings or on behalf of the minor children of a proposed single adult beneficiary under the Programme. In these circumstances, the option for ‘Vulnerable adult close family member’ should be selected in Section 2A.8 of the application form. An explanation of the nature of the relationship between the sponsor and or/the proposed beneficiaries should be included in the narrative section 2A.8a of the form.

 

 

The Regularisation of Long Term Undocumented Migrants scheme is an administrative scheme established under the Minister’s executive powers, to regularise the status of long-term undocumented migrants residing in the State.

Eligibility

General criteria, applicable to all applicant types

You can apply for this scheme if you:

Have met the undocumented residency criteria (outlined below)
Are of good character and of good conduct, and
Have no adverse criminal record in this State or any other country.
Please be aware that if you fail to disclose any criminal convictions in this State or any other country it will result in your application being refused.

Types of applications

There are 4 types of applications who are eligible for this scheme, each with slightly different criteria:

Single application – you are applying for yourself only
Family application – as the principal applicant, you are only applying for yourself and a spouse/civil partner/de facto partner
Family application – as the principal applicant, you are applying for yourself and your immediate family and there is a dependent minor child included in the application. There maybe an adult child aged between 18 – 23 included in the application
Family application – as the principal applicant, you are applying for yourself and your immediate family and there is no dependent minor child included in the application, but there is a child aged between 18 – 23 included in the application.


Single and Principal applicants:

In order to qualify under this scheme, you must:

Be a non EEA national, and
Be over the age of 18, and
Have been living undocumented in the State continuously for the last four years.
Please be aware that you must be able to provide evidence that you have been living undocumented in the State on a continuous basis for the previous four years, prior to the commencement date of the scheme 31 January 2022, and to continue to reside in the State undocumented on the date you submit your application.


Family application (couple only)

If you are the principal applicant and applying for permission for yourself and your spouse/civil partner/de facto partner only. You as the principal applicant must meet the criteria outlined in 3 above, and your spouse/civil partner/de facto partner must meet the following criteria:

Be a non-EEA national, and
Over the age of 18, and
Have been living undocumented in the State continuously for the last two years.
Please be aware that they must be able to provide evidence that they have been living undocumented in the State, with you, the principal applicant for two years immediately prior to the commencement date of this scheme 31 January 2022, and to continue to reside in the State undocumented with you on the date you submit the family application.

Family application with at least one dependent minor child

If you are the principal applicant and applying for permission for yourself and your spouse/civil partner/de facto partner only. You as the principal applicant must meet the criteria outlined in 3 above, and your spouse/civil partner/de facto partner must meet the following criteria:

Be a non-EEA national, and
Over the age of 18, and
Have been living undocumented in the State continuously for the last two years.
Please be aware that they must be able to provide evidence that they have been living undocumented in the State, with you, the principal applicant for two years immediately prior to the commencement date of this scheme 31 January 2022, and to continue to reside in the State undocumented with you on the date you submit the family application.


Family application with at least one dependent adult child

If there is at least one dependent adult child (18 -23 years),  the principal applicant must:

Be a non-EEA national, and
Be over the age of 18, and
Have been living undocumented in the State continuously for the last four years.
Please be aware that you must be able to provide evidence that you have been living undocumented in the State on a continuous basis for the previous four years, prior to the commencement date of the scheme 31 January 2022, and continue to reside in the State undocumented on the date you submit your application.

The spouse/civil partner/de facto partner/adult child (18-23) of the principal applicant must:

Be a non-EEA national, and
Over the age of 18, and
Have been living undocumented in the State continuously for the last two years, and
Have been living with the principal applicant as a family unit for the last two years prior to the commencement date of the scheme 31 January 2022, and continue to reside in the State undocumented as a family unit on the date you submit the family application.
If the child or children are over 23 years of age:

Other children aged 23 and over living as part of the family unit, cannot be included in a family application, and they must submit a single application (see section 3)

Other family scenarios:

If you have a child over the age of 23, who is living with you as part of the family and who suffers from a mental or physical disability that renders independent living impossible, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before you submit your application. Please note you will be required to submit documentary medical evidence to confirm that your child in unable to reside independently.
In cases where children 18 years of age or older are married or in a civil / de facto partnership with another person, they must make an application in their own right and meet the undocumented residence requirement and other eligibility criteria, even if they are still residing with the principal applicant.


You are not eligible to make an application

You are not eligible to make an application:

If you do not meet the eligibility outlined above.
You have an open application with the International Protection Office. Please see www.ipo.gov.ie for further information if this applies to you.
If you currently hold immigration permission in the State.

How can I apply?

Please follow these steps to apply for permission under the Regularisation of Long-Term Undocumented Migrants Scheme:

You can only apply between 31 January 2022 and 31 July 2022 (inclusive).
You must complete the online application form and submit it with all the required documentation.
All applications must be submitted online here.
Applications will not be accepted by post.
Please remember to submit your application online, as ISD will not process applications that are saved in draft on your ISD online account.
Please see demonstration video and guidance note for completing single and family applications.
 
 
Is there a fee?

Yes, there is an application fee.
The application fee for single applications is €550
The application fee for family applications is €700. Children up to 23 years, living with their parent(s), can be included in a family application. Spouses/De Facto/Civil partners without children can apply as a family
You are required to pay this application fee in full when you are submitting your online application form. Otherwise, your application will not be submitted
This application processing fee is non-refundable in all cases. Therefore, you should ensure that you are eligible for the scheme before applying.
 
 
What documents must I submit as part of my application?
 
 As part of the online application process, all applicants must provide evidence of their identity and their undocumented residency in the State for either two, three or four years (see criteria above) prior to the launch of the scheme on 31 January 2022.

If you are applying as a family unit, you must also provide evidence of the relationship between family members on the application form.

It is vitally important that you complete the application form fully and correctly and that you submit it and all of the documentation required, including the appropriate fee on or before the closing date.
 
Giving false or misleading information and/or documentation may result in an application being refused or the revocation of any permissions granted on foot of that application.

 
 

Launch on Jan 14th at 11am

Doras, Dignity Partnership, and New Horizon invite you to attend the online launch of SaorEd, a new platform that provides free access to education and training courses for people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in Ireland. The launch takes place online at 11am on Friday, January 14th, and the link to register for it is https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/saored-online-learning-platform-launch-tickets-239893657387.

SaorEd is built on the Kiron online learning platform which has been designed specifically for refugees and underserved communities. Initial offerings will include English language courses, information technology (IT) skills, healthcare, and career preparation courses. The courses will be mostly in English, with some in Arabic.

Speakers at the launch event will include people involved in the specification, development and pilot testing of SaorEd, including some still living in Direct Provision. We are also pleased to announce that Enda O'Neill, Head of UNHCR Ireland, will give his reflections on the wider context relating to this new initiative. In addition, there will be a virtual tour of the system at the launch, and an opportunity will be provided for you to offer your initial feedback. We are particularly interested in hearing what additional courses should be offered, and how the system can be further developed.

We look forward to seeing you at the launch.

 

Thank you for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Our highlight communications updates for you from this week are:

  • Winter illness advice for parents and guardians: COVID-19 is still spreading and lots of families are dealing with other winter illnesses too. Visit hse.ie/winter for advice on treating common illnesses, the children’s flu vaccine as well as COVID-19 vaccine information and testing advice for children.
  • COVID-19 vaccine booster:  People aged 40 and older, healthcare workers and people aged 16 and over with a high risk condition can now get a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.
  1. Go to a walk-in vaccination clinic. Visit hse.ie/covid19vaccine for clinic times and locations.
  2. You’ll get an appointment by text message from the HSE. If it doesn’t suit you can reschedule or go to a walk-in clinic.
  3. Contact a participating pharmacy. Visit hse.ie/covid19vaccine for a list of pharmacies in your area.

Some GPs are also vaccinating their patients.            

  • Online self-scheduler for COVID-19 booster vaccine: People can now book their own booster appointments online at vaccination centres in 11 counties through the HSE website here. This technology is similar to the scheduling system currently used to book PCR tests.

These initial clinics will use the Moderna (Spikevax) vaccine only, therefore this option is only available to those aged 30 and over.

The HSE will continue to operate a combination of clinics, as we move through the booster COVID-19 programme. We will still have walk-in clinics and scheduled appointment clinics, in addition to these new self-scheduled clinics. We hope this new option will facilitate people in availing of the booster dose as soon as possible, to better protect themselves and their families and communities from serious illness caused by COVID-19.

People should be aware that you can avail of the booster at a Vaccination Centre using the self–scheduler only if you are:

-aged 40 and older

-pregnant and aged 30 and over

-living in a nursing home or a long-term healthcare facility

-a healthcare worker aged 30 and over

-aged 30 or over and have an underlying condition

You need to wait at least 3 months (90 days) after your vaccine course before you can get a vaccine. If you have had COVID-19 since you were vaccinated you should get your booster dose at least 6 months after your positive result.

Please bring photo ID that shows your date of birth to your appointment or walk in clinic.

  • Who will get a COVID-19 vaccine booster next: Booster doses will soon be offered to people aged 16 to 39 - in stages with older age groups being called first. You can find more information here.

 

Read more

https://hsestakeholder-newsroom.prgloo.com/news/hse-partner-pack-22nd-december-2021

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