Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (703)

Catherine Connolly

Ceist:

703. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice the number of applications for a labour market access permission pursuant to the European Communities (Receptions Conditions) Regulations 2018 received from applicants that had not waited eight months for a first instance decision on their asylum application; the number of applicants refused a labour market access permission solely on the basis that they have not been waiting eight months or more for a first instance decision on their asylum application; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26484/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

Since the introduction of the European Communities (Reception Conditions) Regulations 2018, a total of 218 applications for a labour market access permission were refused from applicants who had already received a first instance recommendation from the International Protection Office within 9 months of the date they applied for international protection.

In addition, a further 435 applications for a labour market access permission were refused as ineligible, as the processing time for their international protection application had not exceeded 8 months without receiving a first instance recommendation. In general, these applications are made well in advance of the 8 month timeframe and it is open to these applicants to reapply once the 8 months has elapsed.

While applicants can apply after 8 months waiting for a first instance recommendation, the permission only becomes valid after 9 months. The criteria for making an application are as follows:

1. The person is an international protection applicant; and  

2. They have been waiting at least 8 months for their first instance recommendation; and  

3. They are cooperating with the international protection process – any delays in receiving a recommendation must not be due to any actions taken by the applicant.