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A detailed overview of Irish Immigration and Asylum Law


  • A flexible online approach developed to allow you to learn at your own pace.
  • Fully online & Pre Recorded
  • Start Anytime & Suit your own Schedule
  • Access for 10 weeks

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The Professional 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.

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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
  • 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.

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).

Watch Open Evening Talk

Noeleen Healy, BL 

Noeleen is a practising barrister who was called to the Bar in 2018. In 2020, she was awarded the Catherine McGuinness Fellowship, working for one year with the Children’s Rights Alliance, whilst practising full-time at the Bar. She graduated from NUIG, obtaining a commerce degree followed by a postgraduate law degree. She then obtained an LLM in Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict from the Irish Centre for Human Rights. She also holds an advanced diploma in data protection law from the King’s Inns.

Prior to commencing practice at the Bar, Noeleen worked as a Legal Clerk with the Legal Aid Board working primarily with international protection and immigration clients, as well as complainant representation in rape cases. She has worked as a judicial assistant at the High Court and as a legal researcher for the Gardaí, focused on human rights obligations of members. Noeleen has volunteered with FLAC as well as with a number of migrant-rights and civil society organisations.

Noeleen has had a number of case reports published by Oxford University Press Reports on Public International Law, related to proceedings before international criminal tribunals. She has extensive lecturing experience. She regularly provides CPD courses to solicitors and legal executives as well as teaching at undergraduate level..

Course Award

A City College’s Professional Diploma Course is a focused, practical programme designed and delivered by an industry practitioner, that consolidates, upskills or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications that indicate that you have been trained in a particular area or specific subject matter.

City College Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study here by their organisation.

Corporate Training

In addition to our scheduled Professional Diploma courses, City Colleges can provide bespoke training over 3 – 4 days, please contact for further details.

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