Going to stay in Ireland or wishing to apply for asylum in Ireland? There are certain documents that you need while applying for asylum. One can apply or claim for asylum only if you are in Ireland. Although Ireland is an expensive country to live in Europe. Here you will find the procedure for how to apply for asylum or protection. Some information provided here may vary by the time if there is a change in rules and regulations.
Procedure for claiming Refugee status or Asylum!!
How and where to apply for Asylum in Ireland?
You can apply for asylum in Ireland only if you are present int he country. One cannot apply for asylum outside the country. You need to apply for asylum at the International Protection Office (IPO). You can apply for asylum at the airport or at ferry port as well while entering Ireland. There are some details which you need to provide to IPO or immigration officer. You need to go to the IPO office in less than five days or your application will get refused. You may find the list of the registered offices of IPO here.
After applying the IPO will review and process your application. If your application got successful then the decision taken by the Minister of Justice. This process may take much time in some cases sometimes it may take weeks and months as well. For the time being your application is in processing, the applicants are allowed to stay in the country.
Who can apply for Refugee Status?
Citizens residing in Ireland and fearing for prosecution in their own country are eligible for asylum. If you have applied for the asylum then you can include your family also. You can also add your dependents in the application as well if any. Dependents do include your Husband/wife or your partner and children if any.
After getting your application approved you need to pass two interview rounds. At the time of the first interview, you need to show your documents and ID proof. Passport, air tickets, or any other documents that can help your application can be used. The original documents must be present with you at the time of your interview. You can also appear for this interview with your family as well. After passing this interview you need to fill your application form and need to submit it to the IPO. If you are not able to come for the interview then your asylum application will get refused.
The second or substantive interview round, your interview will be a personal interview. You need to appear for this interview alone without any of your family members. In this interview round, you need to give an explanation of why you need asylum. Some other questions like why you got prosecuted in your own country and why you afraid to go back to your country.
After completing both the interviews, IPO will review your application. Your application may take six months for getting approval for refugee status. There may be some circumstances where the time span may be more than six months.
In case if your application got refused you can also appeal the decision. You can lodge your complaint to the International Protection Appeals Tribunal (IPAT). You can get more information here.