DO YOU HAVE A DEPORTATION ORDER OUSTANDING AGAINST YOU?
HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING TO PROVIDE AN “ESSENTIAL SERVICE” DURING THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC?
Although there is no official Department of Justice policy or guidance in this regard, in November 2020 the Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, stated in the Dáil that she “fully acknowledged the important contribution that migrants have made to health and social care and other essential services in Ireland during the pandemic and beyond” and confirmed that “humanitarian factors, employment records and other elements are considered as part of the permission to remain process. Each case is examined in detail on its individual merits, taking all factors into account.”
The Minister encouraged “people to be as detailed as possible in their representations to me and my Department so that we can make fully informed decisions at the appropriate time” and noted that “my Department take a pragmatic approach to such matters in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
We hope that an expansive approach will be taken – for example, those who work in supermarkets and as cleaners are also providing “essential services” and should be considered front line workers during COVID-19.
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