How we can Help?

We provide support, make referrals, and advocate on behalf of rights holders across a broad range of issues.

The main areas include:

We provide a full range of supports and assistance for people in the International Protection system, as well as beneficiaries of Temporary Protection from Ukraine.

We also assist with:

  • Family Reunification
  • Residency, and Renewal of Residency
  • Visas (D and C Visa Applications)
  • Becoming an Irish citizen by naturalisation
  • Travel Documents
  • EU Treaty Rights applications and reviews
  • Assistance on applying for specific schemes (such as Regularisation Scheme for Long Term Undocumented, Afghan Admissions Programme, etc.)
  • General immigration queries

We assist with:

  • Job Seeker Allowance / Benefit applications
  •  Daily Expenses Allowance applications (for International Protection Applicants)
  •  PPSN registration (this is required to access state services)
  • MyGovID account setup (to access government services)
  • Assistance with additional benefits such as Lone Parent, Working Family Payment, Child Benefit, Illness Benefit, Disability Allowance (Non-Contributory and Contributory), Carer’s Allowance, Domiciliary Care Allowance, Additional Needs and Supplementary Welfare applications.
  • Social Welfare Appeals
  • Applying for local authority / social housing

We also provide dedicated support to people transitioning out of Direct Provision. For more information, click here.

If you find yourself homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, or if you need assistance with housing, Doras can:

  • Help you navigate the housing and social welfare system
  • Make representations to local authority Homeless Action Teams and other service providers
  • Assist with housing and Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) applications
  • Signpost and link in with appropriate services
  • Assist in dispute resolution, including engaging with Residential Tenancies Board (RTB)
  • Refer you to NILS (No Interest Loan Scheme) for assistance with deposit

Unfortunately, Doras does not provide any form of emergency accommodation, nor can we provide financial support for people who are homeless or moving into new accommodation.

We provide:

  • Referrals to English classes
  • Our own conversational English classes - Failte Isteach (The Irish words for Welcome In) 
  • Online courses for migrants and refugees 
  • Information and advice on further and higher education
  • Assistance with work permit application (international protection applicants)
  • Assistance for people seeking work (CV preparation, etc.)
  • Support in developing career plans and finding employment opportunities

For more information, see our Employment and Education programme.

If you have a medical card issued by the Health Service Executive (HSE), you can get certain health services free of charge. We can help with medical card applications, as well as

  • Finding a doctor or General Practitioner (GP)
  • Getting prescribed drugs and medicines
  • Accessing hospital services
  • Dental, optical and other services
  • Maternity and infant care
  • Mental health services and support

If you are a victim of crime, we can help through our Migrant Victim Support project. In particular, we help people who may have experience of

See the ‘Know Your Rights’ page for more information on your rights and entitlements as an International Protection Applicant or Beneficiary of Temporary Protection from Ukraine.