Professional and experienced assistance with all Immigration Applications and Appeals. Representation in all Courts and Tribunals.

Regularisation scheme 2022

Persons who are long-term undocumented when the Scheme opens and meet the residency criteria and meet other criteria on the date the Scheme opens.

This includes those who have Deportation Orders or who are in the section 3 process under the IP Act, 2015.

Criterion: 4 years living in the State Undocumented up to the opening date
Individuals aged 18 and over, where they have no dependent children living with them.
Each member of a couple i.e. a person and their spouse/civil partner or defacto partner where they have no dependent children living with them
Older children aged 18 -23 years living with family where no siblings under age 18 years.
Children aged 24 years and over living with their family.

Criterion: 3 years living in the State Undocumented up to the opening date
A person or each member of a couple where dependent children aged under 18 yrslive with them
Older children aged 18-23 years living in family household with younger siblings

Regularisation scheme 2022

Not yet, not until the scheme opens in 2022. The Minister says it will open in the first quarter of 2022. It may open in January but it may be February or March before it opens.
You should start to collect the proofs that you will need.

Examples of Documents Accepted

i) Residency:
Social Protection Statements
Utility bills
Registration with the Residential Tenancies Board
Employment Detail Summary/P60/P45/P21s; or equivalent
Evidence that the applicant sat the Junior/ Leaving Certificate Exams
Letter from a school principal in Ireland, confirming attendance
Statements or other correspondence from bank/building society/credit union including e-Statements with activity in the country(Statements from store cards/catalogue companies not acceptable)
Proof of money transfers between the applicant and a third party, carried out at a money transfer facility in the State e.g. Western union
Official orrespondencefrom an Irish state agency e.g . government departments; HSE; Register of Electors/polling card; CAO; An Garda Síochána; Public / Private hospitals, Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) or third level college, Secondary school /training agency, NCT Reports or reminders, An Post, TV Licence, National Government Health Screening Programme(s ) etc

Other Criteria for the Scheme

No requirement for applicants to demonstrate that they would not be a financial burden on the State.
Applicants must meet standards regarding good character and in terms of criminal record/behaviour. Having convictions for very minor infractions will not, of itself, result in disqualification.
Applicants must not pose a threat to national security of the State or another State.
Provision of the required documentation to support an application –ID, family relationship and residence.


Irish citizenship / Naturalisation.

We have been able to assist numerous clients in becoming Irish citizens through naturalisation over the last 20 years. The application forms issued by the Department of Justice appear to change every few months and the criteria which the Minister relies on also seems also to vary from year to year. We believe that it is vitally important for applicants to seek legal advice prior to submitting such an application. We offer up to date advice on naturalisation and citizenship.

A naturalisation application is not capable of being appealed as the Minister retains a very considerable discretion in deciding such applications.
Of course this makes it even more important to take advice before you submit the application.



Visas give a person the right to travel to Ireland. They do not confer a right to residency thereafter. Visas applications are made online through the AVATS system. We can help with the submission of a visa application whether it be a short stay holiday visa (C class) or a long stay visa (D class). We offer up to date professional advice on all Visa applications and Appeals.


  • Tourist visa
  • Business visa
  • Family or friends visa
  • Conference or event visa
  • Employment (Atypical Working Scheme) visa
  • Exam visa
  • Join ship visa
  • Marriage visa
  • Medical treatment visa
  • Performance or tournament visa
  • Training visa


  • Study visa
  • Join a family member visa
  • Zambrano visa
  • Employment visa
  • Employment researcher visa
  • Employment ( Van Der Elst) visa
  • Minister of religion visa
  • Volunteer visa.

Work Permits

Work permits

Work permits are of 2 types. General Work Permits and Critical Skills Work Permits. A General Work Permit will only issue if the job type being applied for is considered an "eligible job category". Also the vacancy must survive a "labour test" which seeks to establish that no EU national s available for the position before a candidate from a third country is allowed to take up the position.

Critical Skills Work permits are available to persons who have the required qualifications and experience in certain critical skills areas which are currently undersupplied in the State.
Work permit applications can be quite complicated and will only succeed where every aspect of the application is prepared professionally. We can assist with all work permit applications as well as drafting Appeals should the applicant have been refused.

EU Treaty Rights

EU Treaty Rights

This type of residency derives from the European Treaties and its secondary legislation which sets out the entitlements of EU citizens and their spouses in circumstances where the EU spouse is residing in an EU member State other than his/her own.
It also allows for other family members to take up dependent residency in certain circumstances.

These rights have been the subject of considerable litigation and Stanley and Co Solicitors have considerable experience in applying the law successfully. These EU permissions may also extend to other family members in certain circumstances.

  • Special rules apply where the original permission is to be extended.

  • Special rules also apply upon marital breakdown or where the death of the EU spouse takes place following a grant of residency.

  • Permanent EU residency is possible on renewal where this type of residency lasts for a period of 5 years.

  • It is important to take expert advice on these applications so as to avoid disappointment.

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"Thank you for all your hard work in helping with our citizenship.."
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  • Irish Spouse residency permission
  • Zambrano type residency permission
  • EU Spouse type residency
  • EU dependency type residency
  • Leave to remain
  • Work permits (General)
  • Work permits ( Critical skills)
  • Proposals to revoke
  • Deportation Orders
  • Removal Orders
  • Family reunification
  • Refugee Status
  • Subsidiary protection
  • Long term residency
  • Immigrant Investor Programme
  • Change of permission

During the Covid-19 pandemic we continue to work for our clients although our staff are working from home. Please contact us by email where possible for the quickest response. Stay safe.

Please note that the sending of an email message does not create a Solicitor / Client relationship.

who we are
Specialist Immigration lawyers.
Irish and U.S. qualifications.
contact us
Telephone: (353) 21-4905627
Fax: (353) 21-4905628
what we do
We advise on all aspects of Irish and EU Immigration Law.
Meet us in Cork or Dublin or consult us by Skype.

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