Immigration Law

John Battles & Co. Solicitors provide an expert legal advice and assistance to individuals and corporations in all aspects of Irish Immigration Law and its operation by the various government bodies.

Our solicitors are committed to ensuring that our clients’ rights and entitlements are fully justified. We approach each and every application in a professional and practical way, to ensure the best
possible outcome for our clients.

If you would like to find out how we could help you, please choose from any of the Immigration
areas listed below:

Work Permits

Our office can advise and assist employers and workers with applications for general employment permits and Critical Skills employment permits, renewal applications and also appeals from refusals. We can also advise on entry visa requirements, if necessary.

Visa Applications and Appeals

Our office can advise on visa applications for work, business or study. We can assist those seeking to join an EU spouse/partner, Irish National spouse or de facto partner, or seeking family reunification. Our legal team will support and guide you through the process. For non-visa required nationals, we can assist with the process of visiting and staying in Ireland.

Regularising Legal Status

We are able to advise those with no legal status in Ireland. In some cases, we can help to regularise their position in the country. Our solicitors can evaluate your case and advise on further progress.

Family Reunification

Irish Citizens and residents may apply for immigration permission to be granted to their non-EU citizen spouse, civil partner, children and dependents. These applications can be complicated and certain criteria must be met depending on the individual’s circumstances. Our solicitors can evaluate your case and advise on further progress.

‘Zambrano’ cases

In March 2011 the European Court of Justice made a landmark finding that for a Member State to refuse to grant residency to a third country national with dependent minor EU citizen child living in the EU, amounted to a breach of Article 20 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

As a response, the Irish Department of Justice and Equality introduced an administrative scheme where a non-EU parent of an Irish born dependent citizen child living in Ireland could be granted residency here on a ‘stamp 4’ basis.

While this can be a straightforward matter for some people to prove; complexities can often arise i.e if the parent or the child has left the EU, where the ‘child’ has reached 18 or where there has been a separation between the parents of the child. Our solicitors can evaluate your case and advise on further progress.

Deportation Orders

Deportation Orders issued by the Minister for Justice and Equality are permanent. If a person is served with a deportation order and leaves Ireland voluntarily or is actually deported – the deportation order remains in effect. If you receive a deportation order or an intention to make a deportation order, this is serious and urgent advice should be sought.

We can advise in circumstances where a person has been served with a 3 options letter (proposal to deport) or where a deportation order has been made and you wish to challenge or appeal this.

Judicial Review

Our solicitors can challenge the decisions of the Department of Justice and Equality and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation where we can be assisted by a group of highly skilled barristers. There is a strict time limit in which to issue proceedings and advice should be sought as soon as
possible. Our solicitors can evaluate your case and advise on further progress.

Long-term residency (stamp 5 & 6)

If you have been resident in Ireland legally for 5 years on work permit conditions you can apply for Long Term Residency. After 8 years of legal residency, you can apply for leave to remain without conditions as to time.

We can assist with the process and ensure the correct papers are lodged with the application to ensure the quickest decision.