The Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (INIS) have updated their guidelines for migrant victims of domestic abuse. The revised guidelines no longer require the parties to be living apart in order to apply for independent immigration status.
These new guidelines have been welcomed by the domestic violence coalition that 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.
However Mr. Brian Killoran of the Immigrant Council has said that a number of issues remain to be resolved in relation to the new guidelines.
“We are still unclear as to the types of immigration status that will be issued to victims of domestic violence, and the rights and entitlements that these status types will give those who are in very vulnerable, dangerous situations,” he said. “We would urge the INIS to positively use its discretion to grant an immigration status to victims of domestic violence that allows for clear access to the labor market and to emergency supports. In the past, we have found that the lack of clear guidance and direction has prevented some victims of domestic violence from accessing help.”
The Coalition has advised that they will continue to work with INIS in addressing the outstanding concerns.