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Irish Refugee Protection Programme Humanitarian Admission Programme 2 (IHAP)

Information on the IHAP (2) is available here:

The deadline to submit applications is 30 June 2018.

The application form is available here:

The INIS has provided us with the following helpful informatoin about the Programme:-


1. Is there a maximum number of proposers and/or beneficiaries that will benefit from the IRPP HAP Programme?

      In the IHAP programme, we refer to the person in Ireland that

      completes the form on behalf of their family members that wish to

      benefit from the scheme as the ‘proposer’.  We do not call them

      sponsors as there are no specific economic conditions imposed upon

      them and the beneficiaries of the scheme will receive a status in the

      State independent of the proposer (i.e. programme refugee status).


      This admission programme is expected to provide for an admission

      pathway through the IRPP for up to 530 vulnerable family members over

      the next two years.


      The proposal form requires that the proposer nominate one ‘priority

      beneficiary’ in order to allow the maximum number of families to

      benefit from the scheme.  An unlimited number of additional

      beneficiaries may also be included.  If the programme is

      oversubscribed, the objective will be to admit the priority

      beneficiaries and spread the benefit of the programme to the maximum

      number of families.


      Naturally, if the demand for the scheme is extremely high, the number

      of valid proposals that could be included in the current call would

      be limited to a maximum of 530.  At present, this scenario appears

      highly unlikely.


2. On what basis will applications be granted / refused (e.g. first come, first served basis?)?


      Firstly, it is important to note that this is an admission programme

      and the objective of the programme is to admit, not refuse, those who

      would participate in it.  The programme has a target to admit 530

      people over a two year period and it will be subject to review and

      may broaden its scope in the future if it is not sufficiently

      subscribed to meet that target.


      Proposals are only accepted during designated periods, the first of

      which commenced on 14 May and will finish on 30 June.  There is no

      evidence at present that would suggest that this programme will be

      oversubscribed this year.


3. What are the criteria for the granting or refusing of an application (e.g. financial considerations, availability of accommodation)?


      The primary criteria for granting a proposal is the fulfilment of the

      eligibility criteria including the eligible categories of beneficiary

      and the provision of sufficient valid documentation in support of

      those criteria (e.g. compelling proof of identity, nationality and

      proof of stated familial relationship).


      In general, financial considerations will not be a reason for

      refusing an application, however, where a proposed beneficiary is a

      child or vulnerable adult, there will be an overall assessment of

      whether the proposer is in a position to provide the necessary

      support to that proposed beneficiary.


      In relation to accommodation, as set out in the proposal form,

     “priority will be given to proposals where the Proposers can provide

      accommodation and supports to the beneficiaries.” What this means is

      that the provision of accommodation by the proposer is a matter

      relevant to the speed at which a proposal will be processed to

      completion.  In other words, the provision of accommodation is a

      factor relevant to the priority given a proposal but is not a factor

      that will determine whether a proposal will be granted or refused.