Written answers

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Department of Justice, Equality and Defence

Residency Permits

9:00 pm

Photo of Eoghan MurphyEoghan Murphy (Dublin South East, Fine Gael)
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Question 517: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if he is considering allowing high-skilled workers who have completed two years on the Irish green card scheme to apply for long-term residency in its current form until such time that permanent residency status is possible. [7975/12]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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At the present time, applicants for Long Term Residence are required to be resident in the State for a period of five years and to have five consecutive work permits. This requirement is in place for all applicants.

In relation to the specific category of immigrants referred to by the Deputy, I have asked my officials to examine his proposal and I will revert to him in due course.

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