Immigration law

Immigration permissions extended for fifth time

Immigration and international protection permissions have been extended for a fifth and possibly final time.

Published 18 September 2020

High court judge criticises 18-month delay in deportation case

Mr Justice Max Barrett has criticised the State for an "appallingly protracted" 18-month delay in a deportation case.

Published 3 September 2020

Lawyers condemn Home Office 'activist lawyers' video

The Home Office has been roundly condemned by lawyers across the UK for attacking the integrity of the legal profession and undermining the rule of law after releasing a video accusing "activist lawyers" of delaying deportations.

Published 28 August 2020

Migrants assisting criminal investigations referred to GNIB as matter of policy

An Garda Síochána has been criticised for referring migrants who assist gardaí in criminal investigations to the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) as a matter of policy.

Published 25 August 2020

Amended family migration rules come into effect

New immigration rules allowing for family members of people in Northern Ireland to apply for status under the EU settlement scheme have come into force.

Published 24 August 2020

High Court: State must establish international protection medical panel by December 2020

The High Court has ordered that the Minister for Justice and Equality must establish a medical panel for the purposes of section 23 of the International Protection Act 2015.

Published 20 August 2020

Court of Appeal: Order dismissing application for family reunification in 'actually polygamous' marriage affirmed

The Court of Appeal has affirmed the judgment of the High Court refusing family reunification where the applicant's marriage was, at the time of contracting, actually polygamous.

Published 12 August 2020

Supreme Court: Finding of 'marriage of convenience' does not nullify marriage

The Supreme Court has held that a ministerial finding that a marriage amounted to a marriage of convenience does not make it a legal nullity.

Published 29 July 2020

Marriages of convenience not void in law after ministerial determination

A marriage is not void in law just because the Minister of Justice has found it to be a marriage of convenience, the Supreme Court has ruled in a landmark judgment.

Published 28 July 2020

High Court: Deportation orders quashed after voluntary DNA testing

The High Court has quashed the deportation order of two relatives of an EU citizen, having heard that they offered to undergo DNA testing at their own expense. The court found the Minister for Justice erred in law on a number of grounds.

Published 24 July 2020

Denise Brett SC elected chair of Immigration, Asylum and Citizenship Bar Association

Denise Brett SC has been elected as chairperson of the Immigration, Asylum and Citizenship Bar Association (IACBA) at its first-ever AGM.

Published 23 July 2020

Immigration permissions automatically extended for last time

Immigration permissions have been extended for a third and final time in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Published 16 July 2020

Visa waiver programme suspended due to UK's COVID-19 'divergence' from Ireland

The visa waiver programme allowing people visiting the UK on short stay visas to travel to Ireland has been temporarily suspended because of a "divergence in approach" to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 10 July 2020

Online immigration renewal system extended to all non-nationals in Dublin

The online registration renewal system has been expanded to include all non-nationals based in Dublin who are seeking to renew their registration in the State.

Published 7 July 2020

Alan Desmond: Would African-Americans be granted refugee status in Ireland?

Alan Desmond, law lecturer at the University of Leicester, considers whether African-Americans could come to Ireland as refugees.

Published 30 June 2020