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Immigration Policy

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 26 November 2020

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Questions (323)

Neale Richmond


323. Deputy Neale Richmond asked the Minister for Justice the work her Department is conducting to create new pathways for long-term undocumented persons and their dependants who meet specified criteria to regularise their status within 18 months of the formation of the Government, bearing in mind EU and common travel area commitments; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39496/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Programme for Government contains a commitment to create new pathways for long-term undocumented people and their dependents to regularise their status, bearing in mind European Union and Common Travel Area commitments.

The necessary work to give effect to this commitment is currently being advanced in my Department and is being informed by an assessment of international best practice. A proposal will be published as soon as possible.

In the meantime, I would encourage any person who is resident in the State without permission to contact my Department or their local immigration office and to take all appropriate steps to regularise their own and their family's status.