The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service has removed the requirement for a migrant victim of domestic violence to leave the family home in order to apply for independent residency status.
Nasc CEO Fiona Finn comments, “We were very concerned when the guidelines were released in August about the stated requirement that independent immigration status only applies when the parties are no longer living together as a family unit.”
Nasc, as part of the Domestic Violence Coalition, made submissions on these concerns to INIS.
Ms. Finn continues, “We are delighted that the guidelines have been updated to remove the requirement that victims of domestic violence must leave the family home in order to apply for independent residency status.”
You can view the updated guidelines here.
The Domestic Violence Coalition is comprised of: the Immigrant Council of Ireland; Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre; Women’s Aid; Sonas Housing; Doras Luimní; Longford Women’s Link; AkiDwA; and the Domestic Violence Advocacy Service.