We note that the Minister for Justice and Equality has made contact with some of our clients with pending Subsidiary Protection applications advising them as to the new procedure for determination of such applications following the judgement in the MM Case. Responsibility for processing Subsidiary Protection cases has been transferred from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) to the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC). The new procedure is not however in place but implementation is at an advanced stage. As expected, the procedure for applying for this type of protection reflects the asylum application procedure. Whereby clients will apply through ORAC where there will be a personal interview. For existing applicants, there is an opportunity to submit further representations at this stage. If the decision of ORAC is negative, an oral appeal can be made before the Refugee Appeals Tribunal.
Applicants with outstanding applications are well aware of the fact that they could face a considerable, further delay in having their applications finalised having already been through the asylum application process. Many of our clients feel that they are in a vulnerable position and face the prospect of remaining even longer in State direct provision accommodation which for many is simply inadequate. We shall update our readers further when we receive more information from the Minister regarding the implementation of the new procedure.