Course Overview

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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Course Modules

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

Course Award

City Colleges Diploma

Who Should apply?

  • 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.


James-McGovern Lecturer

James McGovern

B.A., LL.B. (Hons.), LL.M (Immigration Law), PhD Cand., Trinity College Dublin (School of Law), Barrister-at-Law Degree Cand., Honorable Society of King’s Inns.

James is a former Case Processing Legal Panel Member of the International Protection Office in the Department of Justice, where he spent 3 years interviewing applicants for asylum and deciding their claims for refugee status and subsidiary protection. He currently works as a researcher and legal advisor to a number of law firms throughout the country. Alongside his work, he is a PhD Candidate in the School of Law at Trinity College Dublin focusing on immigration and constitutional law, and pursing the Barrister-at-Law Degree in the Honorable Society of King’s Inns.

He holds a B.A. and LL.B. from the Dublin Institute of Technology, and an LL.M with Distinction in Immigration Law from Queen Mary University of London, where he came first in his class for Refugee Law. He was the founder and President of the University’s Immigration and Asylum Law Society, and 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 also the founder and writer of the Immigration Case Law Digest published by Round Hall, and the author of a number of publications in domestic, regional, and international law journals.

His particular areas of interest are EU Treaty Rights and Free Movement of Persons, comparative asylum law and procedures, gender and LGBTQI+ issues in immigration and asylum practice, and the role of health in deportation and asylum. He regularly provides commentary on new immigration policies, legislative developments, and case law.

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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26th September 2022
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10 weeks, 1 evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm GMT

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