The following information is based on information provided by Citizensinformation.ie and is up to date to February 21st, 2022.
What is the Afghan Admission Programme?
Afghan nationals who live in Ireland can apply for family members to join them as part of a new scheme. The scheme is called the Afghan Admission Programme.
You must have lived in Ireland since before 1 September 2021.
You can apply for up to 4 family members to join you. The family members must live in Afghanistan or have fled to a neighbouring country since 1 August 2021.
There is a maximum of 500 places on the Programme.
You can apply between 16 December 2021 and 11 March 2022.
Who can apply?
Afghan people living in Ireland can apply for family who are in Afghanistan, or certain neighbouring countries, to join them in Ireland.
You can make an application if you are:
- From Afghanistan. You can still apply if you have become an Irish citizen.
- Legally resident in Ireland since before 1 September 2021.
- The holder of immigration permission that has a minimum of 12 months remaining, and/or is an immigration permission that can be renewed.
- Of good character with no criminal convictions.
You must be able to support the family member until they are able to support themselves. This means you must be able to pay for their travel to Ireland and accommodate them until they can find somewhere to live for themselves.
What family members are eligible?
You can apply for a maximum of 4 family members. Family members must be Afghan nationals, and they must be living in Afghanistan, or have fled to one of the following countries since 1 August 2021:
They must be a close member of your family (see below). Their safety and freedom must be at risk because of the recent changes in Afghanistan. They should be of good character and with no criminal convictions. They must not be involved (either now or in the past) with organisations or activities of a criminal or terrorist nature.
If you were granted refugee status or subsidiary protection status in Ireland, you cannot apply for family members who qualify for family reunification.
Types of family members
This is a list of the family members you can apply for:
- Your spouse (husband or wife)
- Your civil partner
- Your partner (a person you are in a relationship with that is like marriage, but you are not actually legally married to them)
- Your adult child (18 and over), if they are unmarried and have no dependants
- Your child (under 18), if they are unmarried and have no dependents
- A relative who is a child (under 18) and who has no parents, who you have responsibility for
- Your parent
- Your grandparent
- A vulnerable adult close family member who does not have a spouse, partner, or other close family member to support them.
Vulnerable people includes older people, children, single women and girls, single women with children, people with disabilities, and people who are at risk because of the work they did.
There are 500 places available on the Programme. If the number of eligible family members is more than 500, priority will be given to family members based on:
- The risk they are under
- How vulnerable they are
- If the risk to the person has increased since the Taliban came to power
How to Apply?
You must fill in an application form (pdf) to apply for the Programme. You can fill in the form online and then print it and sign it. Or you can print it and fill the form in by hand. You only need to complete one application form for all of the family members you are applying for (up to 4 in total are permitted).
If you are applying for a sibling (brother or sister) who is a child (under 18), or you want to apply for the child of an adult who you are also applying for:
- Select ‘Vulnerable adult close family member’ in Section 2A.8 of the application form
- Give details of the nature of your relationship with the child in Section 2A.8a
You should send the application form by email to AAP@justice.ie. If you cannot send it by email, you can send it by registered post to the address in ‘Further information and contacts’ below.
There is no application fee.
Your application must be received by 11 March 2022.
You must send documents with your application to prove:
- Your identity
- That you are from Afghanistan
- That you have immigration permission in Ireland
- The identities of the family members you are applying for
- The family relationship (for example, birth certificates)
- You have enough money to support your family after they arrive
- That you can accommodate your family after they arrive
Your application could be refused if you do not include the documents required, or you do not fully complete the application form.
The full list of documents you need, and detailed guidance on the application form are in the Afghan Admission Programme Guidance (pdf).
Decisions on your application?
You will get a letter telling you the outcome of your application. If you get a positive decision, your family member must then apply for a visa to come to Ireland. The letter will have more details about what to do next.
If the decision is negative, you can appeal. More details about the appeals process will be available later.
After your family arrive?
Once your family is here, all family members who are aged 16 and over must register and get an Irish Residence Permit. They will get a Stamp 4 permission. This means that they can work without an employment permit. They will also have similar rights in Ireland regarding access to healthcare and education as Irish citizens.
Further information and contacts
You can email specific queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immigration Service Delivery
Department of Justice
13 – 14 Burgh Quay
If you need support with your application please contact us and we can help.