Irish Refugee Protection Programme Humanitarian Admission Programme 2 (IHAP)

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.

 

Proposals for the Irish Refugee Protection Programme Humanitarian Admission Programme 2 (IHAP) may be sought during additional calls for proposals, the first of which of starts on 14 May 2018.

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 call for proposals runs from 14 May to 30 June 2018.

Further open calls are planned for periods beginning 1 September and 1 November.

Proposals that are received on dates outside of the designated periods will not be accepted and will be returned to the proposer. In these circumstances, the proposer may re-submit the proposal during the next call.

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 Minor Child for whom the Proposer has parental responsibility * (e.g. Orphaned Niece/Nephew/Grandchild, Sibling)
  • A vulnerable close family member for whom the proposer is the primary caregiver and who is not part of another family unit.
  • 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 partner **

 

* 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 proposal form is available for download below.

Proposal form (published 14 May 2018)

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IHAP proposal form - (.pdf 409KB)

 

If your family member is eligible for consideration for the programme, please complete the proposal form and return it with all required documents by post to:

IHAP
PO Box 12953
Dublin 2

 

Proposals may also be submitted by email to IHAP@justice.ie.

 

Required Documents

The following Documents must be provided by the proposer:

  • Certified Copy of proposer’s Irish Residence Permit card (both front and back of the card)

OR

  • Certified copy of proposer’s Irish Passport. (colour copies of all pages)

OR

  • Certified colour copy of proposer’s Certificate of Naturalisation

 

The following documents must be provided by proposer on behalf of their proposed beneficiaries:

  • Certified colour copy and certified translation of passport (all pages), national identity card, a valid Travel Document or proof of registration with UNHCR.
  • Certified colour copies and certified translations of any documents that show evidence of a family connection such as marriage certificates or birth certificates.
  • 2 colour passport sized photographs for each proposed beneficiary. The name of the beneficiary is to be written clearly in block capitals on the back of each photograph.
  • In the case of a minor beneficiary (person under 18 years of age), who is the child of the proposer (see eligible categories), a letter of consent from the other parent (if applicable) granting permission for the child to travel to and reside in the State will be required.
  • In the case of a vulnerable close relative who is under the age of 18,sufficient evidence that the proposer has parental responsibility for the minor will be required.

 

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.

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 IHAPqueries@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: 14 May 2018

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