Residency rights after Zambrano ruling of most concern to migrants

RESIDENCY rights for foreign parents of Irish citizen children was the biggest issue concerning migrants this year, said the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI).

Launching statistics for the first six months of this year, the ICI said the Zambrano judgment led to almost 800 calls, compared with 286 calls on this issue for the same period last year.

In March, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that a non-EU national parent of an EU citizen child has the right to reside within an EU member state and to be granted a work permit.

The effect in Ireland of the judgment is that parents of Irish citizen children, no matter what their nationality or immigration status, must be given the right to live and work in Ireland while the children are minors.

In response to the judgment, the ICI delivered a number of public information sessions at local level and also made detailed information available through its website and in Citizens’ Information Centres.

“Many parents of Irish citizen children may be residing outside of the state, either by their own volition or because they were removed from the state on foot of a deportation order,” said Denise Charlton, chief executive of the ICI. “Many of these individuals have spouses or partners and children in Ireland, and are now seeking permission to join their families here.”

The process of becoming an Irish citizen was also frequently raised on the ICI helpline, with 644 calls received on this topic, a figure broadly consistent with the same period last year.

Other issues of concern to migrants were renewal of status orders, work permits, leave to remain as a family member (excluding parent) of an Irish national and reunification with a partner.

* Contact ICI’s information line on 01-6740200.

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