Irish Refugee Protection Programme Humanitarian Admission Programme 2 (IHAP)

Update

The second open call for IHAP proposals ended on 08 February 2019. No further proposals are planned at this time.

Proposals received during the second call are currently being processed.

 

The Irish Refugee Protection Programme has completed its commitment to relocate people from Greece. The second phase of the programme has now begun with increased commitments on resettlement and the commencement of the new Humanitarian Admission Programme. Operating under discretionary Ministerial powers, the Irish Refugee Protection Programme Humanitarian Admission Programme 2 (IHAP) will provide an opportunity to Irish citizens and persons with Convention refugee status, subsidiary protection status, and programme refugee status, who have immediate eligible family members from the top 10 major source countries of refugees, to propose to the Minister for these family members to join them in Ireland.

The family members nominated by the proposer will be known as the proposed beneficiaries.

Priority will be given to proposers that can accommodate their proposed beneficiaries.

 

In the current open call for proposals to the Minister, the proposed beneficiaries must be nationals of one of the following ten countries and be residing in that country, a neighbouring country and/or be registered with the UNHCR:

  1. Syrian Arab Republic
  2. Afghanistan
  3. South Sudan
  4. Somalia
  5. Sudan
  1. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  2. Central African Republic
  3. Myanmar
  4. Eritrea
  5. Burundi

The list of eligible countries is based on the UNHCR Annual Global Trends Report which lists the top ten major source countries of refugees.

This list is subject to change.

 

For additional information on the programme and the proposal form, please click here.

Calls for Proposals

Proposals for the IHAP will be accepted only during designated periods:

The first open calls for proposals ran from 14 May to 30 June 2018. A larger number of proposals than expected were received in this call.

The IHAP programme was established to provide humanitarian admission to Ireland for 530 eligible family members of Irish citizens and those with protection status in Ireland. Given the volume of proposals received to date, it is expected that the second call for proposals (from 20 December 2018 – 8 February 2019) will be sufficient to enable all 530 places under the programme to be filled. No further calls for proposals are planned at this time. A new Proposal form will be published for the second call for IHAP proposals, which is due to run from 20 December 2018 to 8 February 2019. Proposals submitted during the second call that don’t use the new form will not be accepted.

Proposals received during the second call are currently being processed.

Proposals that are received on dates outside of the designated periods will not be accepted.

 

1. Eligibility

Proposers in the IHAP programme must have convention refugee, programme refugee or subsidiary protection status in Ireland or be Irish Citizens in order to be eligible to nominate their proposed beneficiaries to join them under the IHAP (Frequently Asked Questions).

Eligible Categories of Beneficiaries under IHAP

  • The Proposer’s Adult Child (who must be unmarried and without dependants)
  • The Proposer’s Minor Child (where the Minor Child is not eligible for reunification with a sponsor under the terms of the International Protection Act 2015. The Minor Child must be unmarried and without dependants)
  • The Proposer’s Parent(where not eligible for reunification with a sponsor under the terms of the International Protection Act 2015)
  • The Proposer's Grandparent
  • A related Minor Child without parents for whom the proposer has parental responsibility *(The related Minor Child must be unmarried and without dependants)(e.g. Orphaned Niece/Nephew/Grandchild, Sibling)
  • A Vulnerable Close Family Member who does not have a spouse/partner or other close relative to support them.
  • The Proposer’s Spouse or Civil partner as recognised under Irish law *(where not eligible for reunification with a sponsor under the terms of the International Protection Act 2015) or the Proposer’s De Facto Spouse **

* In certain circumstances, where a proposer does not have sole parental responsibility, the consent of the person that shares responsibility will be required.

** may be granted to both opposite and same sex partners who have been together in a relationship similar to marriage or civil partnership, and have a mutual commitment to a shared life together to the exclusion of all others. The proposer must be in a position to provide sufficient evidence of a durable relationship.

 

If proposed beneficiaries are eligible to join a person (sponsor) granted International Protection under the International Protection Act 2015 (see Frequently Asked Questions), they will not be eligible to participate in the IHAP.

2. How do I make a proposal for the IHAP?

The second open call for IHAP proposals ended on 08 February 2019. No further proposals are planned at this time.

Required Documents

The following documents must be provided by the proposer:

  • Signed data protection statement
  • Certified colour copy of all pages of your Irish passport or Certificate of Naturalisation
  • If you (the proposer) are a convention refugee, programme refugee or have been granted subsidiary protection status, a certified colour copy of your letter granting you that status in Ireland
  • Certified colour copy of Irish Residence Permit (front and back)
  • Certified colour copy and certified translation of original marriage/birth certificates or other official documents as evidence of each proposed beneficiary’s family relationship to you
  • Evidence of legal guardianship, if the proposed beneficiary is ‘a related minor child’
  • If your home in Ireland is Mortgaged, you must provide official documents (e.g. from your Bank or Financial Institution) as evidence that you have purchased your home
  • If you have full ownership of your home in Ireland (i.e. you have paid in full for your property and do not have to make payments for your home to a bank or financial institution), official documents relating to that purchase should be provided as evidence
  • If relevant to your proposal, a letter from your landlord/local authority confirming the total number of persons that may live in your home
  • If relevant to your proposal, a copy of your tenancy agreement
  • If you have arranged separate accommodation for the beneficiaries, a letter from the property owner confirming they will provide the property to the beneficiaries for a minimum of 12 months
  • Two recent (less than 6 months old) colour passport-sized photographs of each proposed beneficiary. (Note: The name of the proposed beneficiary should be printed clearly (not signed) in block capitals on the back of the photographs. The photographs must be less than 6 months old. The standard requirements for photographs are available on the INIS website at: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/visa-application-photos).

If you are not able to supply any of these documents or supporting evidence with the form, please state why you are not able to do so on the proposal form. This checklist is not exhaustive. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that they provide all of the supporting documentation required to support their proposal.

Please note that the proposal may not be accepted if insufficient or unsatisfactory documents or supporting evidence have been submitted.

 

3. Frequently asked questions

Can a proposal be made for the IHAP and an application for family reunification under the International Protection Act, 2015 for the same beneficiary be made simultaneously ?

No. If a proposed beneficiary would qualify for family reunification under the terms of the International Protection Act 2015 then it is appropriate that an application only be made in accordance with the International Protection Act 2015.

Who is the‘Proposer’?

The Proposer must:

  • have been granted Convention refugee status, programme refugee status or subsidiary protection status in Ireland or be an Irish citizen.

and

  • be currently living in Ireland and complete the IHAP proposal on behalf of their family member that wishes to join them in Ireland.

and

  • be a person of good character.

Who is the ‘Beneficiary’?

The Beneficiary is the eligible family member that wants to come to Ireland to live with the proposer.

Who completes the IHAP proposal form?

The proposer completes the IHAP proposal form and is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the information provided.

Where will the beneficiaries reside?

Beneficiaries that come to Ireland under the IHAP are expected to reside with the proposer or be provided with accommodation by the proposer where appropriate. Nominations from proposers who are evidently in a clear position to accommodate their eligible family members in Ireland will be prioritised.

Does a proposed beneficiary have to be currently living in their country of nationality to be eligible to submit a proposal for the IHAP?

In the current open call for proposals to the Minister, the proposed beneficiaries must be nationals of one of the eligible ten countries and be residing in that country, a neighbouring country and/or be registered with the UNHCR.

Can a proposer be unemployed or a student?

Yes, there is no employment condition on being a proposer, however, nominations will be prioritised where the proposer is able to demonstrate that they can provide accommodation for their family member in Ireland.

Do I have to pay any fees to make an IHAP proposal?

No. There are no fees attached to processing the proposal. As the proposer, however, you will have to pay for the cost of posting your proposal and any other costs incurred (including translation costs) in relation to providing the required supporting documentation and statutory declaration.

How can I get more information in IHAP?

Any queries relating to IHAP or completing your form can be sent by email to IHAP@justice.ie

What legal status in the State do beneficiaries receive?

Beneficiaries accepted under the IHAP receive Programme Refugee Status from the Minister under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP).

Published: 21 February 2018

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