I propose to take Questions Nos. 37 and 58 together.
My Department opened the once-in-a generation scheme for the Regularisation of Long Term Undocumented Migrants in the State on 31 January 2022 for a six month period. The scheme is designed, following detailed engagement with the people affected, to give long-term undocumented people without a current immigration permission the chance to regularise their status, access the labour market and begin their path to citizenship.
Anyone who receives a refusal of their application will be able to appeal that decision. If their appeal is also unsuccessful, or if they do not appeal, and they do not have another open application with my Department, other immigration options can be explored. A pragmatic approach is taken in relation to each case, which is considered on its individual merits, including a consideration of their private and family life rights, in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights.
The criteria for the scheme, including the period of four years undocumented residence at the date of the opening of the scheme for primary applicants, have been designed in line with the Programme for Government commitment, and are not open to change.
I encourage everyone eligible for the scheme, who has not yet made an application, to do so before the closing date. I can assure people that we are examining applications pragmatically and humanely and we are considering all viable proofs of residence.