Written answers

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Department of Justice and Equality

Immigration Status

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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106. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to re-open a scheme to regularise non-EEA nationals; if the scope of the previous scheme (details supplied) will be widened; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49463/19]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois, Fine Gael)
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The Special Scheme for Students was launched on 15 October 2018 and closed on 20 January 2019. Approximately 3,100 applications were received under this Scheme comprising of former students and their family members.

I am informed that, to date, my Department has made a decision on 2,969 cases of which 2,153 have been granted.  The remaining applications are currently being processed.

I have no plans at this time to widen the scope or criteria of that scheme or to provide for further applications under the scheme outside of the closing date.

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