According to the IPO’s statement, prioritisation of applications relates ‘solely to the scheduling of interviews’ and will not impact the recommendation made on an application. That is, it will affect the order in which your application is processed but it will have no impact on whether your case is approved or refused.
The announcement notes that applications will be divided into two ‘processing streams’:
- Stream One includes the majority of applications, and these will be prioritised on the basis of date of original application – i.e. oldest cases first.
- Stream Two will prioritise certain vulnerable categories of applicants, including: unaccompanied minors and aged out minors; elderly applicants; ‘well-founded’ applications (for instance if the person is a victim of torture or comes from a country such as Syria, Eritrea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ian, Libya or Somalia); and health grounds.
Nasc strongly welcomes the prioritisation of vulnerable applicants, as this was a recommendation made by the Working Group on the Protection Process in the ‘McMahon Report’ in 2015.
Nasc CEO Fiona Finn comments: “In particular we are happy to see the prioritisation of unaccompanied minors who are in the care of TUSLA. It is hoped that this means that TUSLA will now be advising unaccompanied minors to submit asylum applications while still under the age of 18, as this is international best practice and also allows for the best opportunity for unaccompanied minors to be reunited with family members under the International Protection Act, 2015.”
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