The first undocumented migrants to receive their immigration papers under a new program are overjoyed to finally be recognized by the state.
The scheme, which opened to applicants on January 31 and will remain open until July 31, aims to legalize undocumented migrants in Ireland.
The Justice for the Undocumented Group (JFU) and Migrant Rights Center Ireland (MRCI) have campaigned for over 11 years to legalize undocumented migrants, families and children.
JFU Chairman Albert Bello said he was “overjoyed” with the positive news that his application went through today.
“It’s incredible that the first undocumented people received this life-changing message,” he said.
“We hope that today’s announcement will increase confidence in the program and reassure those who still fear it is safe to apply to maintain their status here in Ireland.”
Mr Bello added that he hopes yesterday’s announcement that the first undocumented people will be given their papers will build confidence in the new system and “reassure those who are still afraid they will not have their status secured here in Ireland.” can apply”.
JFU organizer Irene Jagoba said she was able to see her children for the first time in 14 years after receiving the positive news.
Many undocumented people are unable to leave the country to visit their families for fear of being unable to re-enter.
“I can’t quite believe that’s true, we’ve fought for this for so long,” she said.
“I will be able to see my children for the first time in 14 years. You can’t imagine how that feels.”
The scheme allows people who have been undocumented in Ireland for at least four years, or people who have lived here with children for at least three years, to apply for and legalize their immigration status.
It also includes a separate route for applicants for international protection who have been in the system for at least two years.
The MRCI’s campaign director, Neil Bruton, said he was pleased to see undocumented people getting their papers and finally seeing the fruits of over a decade of hard work.
“This achievement is a direct result of their collective action and bravery,” he added.
“We encourage anyone who is undocumented and is eligible for this program to apply before the program closes at the end of July.
“If they need help applying for the scheme they can visit mrci.ie for information and support.”
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