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Civil Legal Aid and Advice for International Protection Cases

Changes to the International Protection System in Ireland

Changes took place to the international protection system in Ireland as of 31st December 2016. Instead of applying separately for refugee status and subsidiary protection, a person now makes one single application for international protection.

If you are applying for international protection in Ireland, civil legal aid and advice can help you with your application. You can apply for legal services at any time but it is important to do so as soon as possible.

European Union (Subsidiary Protection) Regulations, 2017

*Deadline for Applications expires on 13 November 2017


If you have been refused refugee status in Ireland since 10 October 2006 and you were subsequently invited to apply for subsidiary protection but you did not apply because you believed that you could not do so on the basis that the 15 working day time limit had expired, or  you made an application which was, on the basis that the 15 working day time limit had expired, not considered or investigated, you are now eligible to apply for subsidiary protection subject to the provisions of the 2017 Regulations.

To avail of this process under the 2017 Regulations you must be present in the State on 2 October 2017 and you must apply in person at the International Protection Office between 2 October 2017 and 13 November 2017 inclusive. The application must be made on a specified form and you must submit a statutory declaration.

If you have been granted refugee status or subsidiary protection in this State or in another EU Member State you are not eligible to apply under this process.

For further details on how to apply click on the link to the International Protection Office here and/or contact one of our Law Centres that deals with applications for International Protection.

How do I apply for civil legal aid and advice to help with an international protection application?

You will need to make an application to one of our Law Centres that deals with applications for international protection. If you are eligible we will arrange an appointment for you at one of these Law Centres.

What will legal aid cover?

Civil legal aid and advice will help you with your application for international protection to the International Protection Office (IPO) and your appeal to the International Protection Appeals Tribunal (IPAT).

Civil legal aid for an international protection application will not help you with a judicial review of how the decision on your application was made but you might be able to get civil legal aid for that separately.

How much will it cost?      

 You may have to pay a contribution of €10 that covers both legal advice and, if you need it, legal aid. You can request that the Board waive this contribution on hardship grounds. Please ask a member of staff when making your application.

Where can I get more information on applying for international protection in Ireland?

You can find information on the process of applying for international protection in Ireland on the Citizens' Information and IPO websites.

We also have an information leaflet on the international protection process.