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Diploma in Immigration and Asylum Law in Ireland

Diploma in Immigration and Asylum Law course is designed for a range of working professionals. The course provides a detailed overview of the Irish Immigration and Asylum Law landscape.

Course Overview

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Who is this course suitable for?

  • HR specialists (For immigration compliance).
  • Charities providing immigration support.
  • Law firm caseworkers (Paralegals, legal executives, Solicitors).
  • International Student Officers from Colleges/Schools/Universities.
  • Private Sector workers generally; large consulting firms who advise on Tax and Immigration for relocation and corporate services.
  • Relocation advisory firms.
  • Law students/graduates thinking of expanding their interests, or those unsure as to apply for a Masters straight away, or those who want an “in-between” qualification.
  • Immigration Advisors/Consultants.
  • Those with a general interest, or looking to make a change.
  • Solicitors/Barristers for CPD purposes.


Course Content

Weekly breakdown of Immigration and Asylum Law

Week 1 – Introduction to Immigration in Ireland

  • State bodies and functions
  • Who is subject to Immigration control?
  • Sources of Law
  • Sovereignty and Immigration Control
  • Immigration – a “How to” introduction to application making

Week 2 – Entry and refusal at borders and initial residence.

  • Entry into the State
  • Role and Powers of Immigration Officers
  • Removal from the State post-refusal
  • Permission to remain in the State
  • Corporate Immigration

Week 3 – Residence in the State

  • Change of Status & Variation of Conditions
  • Students & Graduates
  • Family Members of Irish Nationals/Lawful Residents
  • De Facto Partners
  • Children
  • Domestic Violence
  • Religious/Volunteer Purposes
  • Long Term Residence

Week 4 – Free Movement of Persons 1

  • Introduction to EU Law
  • Scope of Directive 2004/38/EC
  • Right of Entry and Residence for three months
  • Right of residence for more than three months

Week 5 – Free Movement of Persons 2

  • Permanent Residence
  • Retention of rights of residence
  • Derivative rights of residence under EU Law

Week 6 – Employment Permits & Corporate Immigration

  • Employment Permit Legislation
  • Overview of categories of permits
  • Redundancy and Family Residence Rights
  • Grants, Refusals, and Revocation of Employment Permits
  • Appeals of Employment Permits RefusalsCorporate Immigration

Week 7 – International Protection 1

  • What is International Protection?
  • Refugee Status
  • Refugee Status Determination
  • Declarations and Refusals of Refugee Status

Week 8 – International Protection 2

  • What is Subsidiary Protection?
  • Three grounds for Subsidiary Protection
  • Subsidiary Protection Decision Making
  • Dublin III Transfers
  • International Protection Appeals Tribunal
  • Permission to Remain
  • Judicial Review of International Protection Decisions

Week 9 – Citizenship and Naturalisation

  • Who is an Irish citizen?
  • Birth-right citizenship
  • Foreign Birth Registration
  • 2004 Constitutional Amendment
  • Naturalisation
  • Revocation of naturalisation

Week 10 – Deportation from the State

  • Powers of Deportation – Immigration Act 1999
  • Section 3 “Notice of Intent to Deport”
  • Deportation Orders
  • Challenging and revoking a Deportation Order
  • Exclusion Orders

Suggested Reading & Material

Immigration and Citizenship Law, John Stanley (2017) Round Hall.

Immigration and Asylum Law, Clayton & Firth (2018), OUP.

International Protection Act 2015, Annotated (2019), Clarus Press.

The Law of Refugee Status, Hathaway & Foster (2014) CUP

The Refugee in International Law, Goodwin-Gill, McAdam 3rd Ed. (2007) (4th Ed, coming 2020).


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James McGovern

B.A., LL.B., LL.M (Immigration) Cand., Queen Mary University of London

James is a Case Processing Legal Panel Member in the International Protection Office of the Department of Justice. He is a member of the UK Immigration Law Practitioners Association, the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, and an Associate Member of the International Association of Refugee and Migration Judges.
He is the founder and writer of the Immigration Case Law Digest published by Reuters Round Hall Publishing, and the founder and inaugural President of the Immigration and Asylum Law Society at Queen Mary University of London.

His particular areas of interests are EU Treaty Rights law and practice in Ireland, comparative asylum law and procedures, Gender and LGBTQI+ issues in immigration and asylum practice, and the role of health issues in asylum and deportation.

James-McGovern Lecturer