POSITIVE RESULT IN ZAMBRANO TYPE CASES
We were delighted to receive positive news from the Department of Justice, Equality and Defence in the last week in respect of some of the recent Zambrano applications we have submitted. The approval letters have indicated that the Minister is granting permission to remain of a three year duration.
However, in one such case, our client was granted permission to remain in the State and work for five years. This client was the subject of a deportation order affecting her removal to South Africa along with her nine year old daughter who is also a South African national. Our client was notified that a deportation order had issued against both she and her non-Irish child in August 2010. When she initially joined her husband in the State she was granted permission to remain for a short period and was advised by her local immigration officer to apply to the Minister for Justice to extend such permission to reside with her husband and children in the State. She received no response to her residency application and later instructed a solicitor to apply for leave to remain. This application was ultimately refused. She had however, not been served with the signed order that the Minster intended to deport her with her South African child. Throughout her time in the State she avidly contacted her local TD who raised her case during a parliamentary debate as she and her family had no idea about what was happening with their case. After discovering there had been a deportation order made, she continued as required, to attend the Garda National Immigration Bureau who had also seized her passport. She was certain that she and her daughter would be removed from the State at any stage and such uncertainty caused her family great stress and anxiety. She is the main carer for her Irish son and her daughter while her husband worked to support the family.
We welcome the Department’s decision to fully implement the ECJ’s decision in ‘Zambrano’ in granting Applicant’s the right to work and reside in the State on the basis of her citizen child.
The prospect that families may be forced to separate or leave the State is a very stark choice for many parents of Irish citizen children, but prior to the Zambrano decision, this was an unfortunate reality. We are pleased to be having successes in this area and are working on a number of cases that rely on the Zambrano principles beyond the narrow application to parents of minor Irish citizen children, which we will keep you updated on.
Sarah McCoy, Brophy Solicitors