Immigration Law at Shannons

Shannons IMMIGRATION LAW Department is headed by Orla Martin Barrister. She was admitted to practice at the Irish Bar in 1994 and has over a decade of experience in the area of immigration, including as a legal adviser to Government departments.

Orla can represent you in all Immigration matters and can be contacted at

All foreign nationals (that is all non-Irish citizens) are broadly speaking divided into two general categories: –

  1. EU nationals, EEA and Swiss nationals or persons with rights of free movement, and
  2. What are generally referred to as “Third Country Nationals” being persons who are not EU, EEA or Swiss nationals.

Broadly speaking these align with the categories of persons who are (a) visa expempt and, (b) visa required.

Very distinctly different sets of rules apply dependent upon which category you may fall into.

Pesrons may be eligible to reside and, possibly work, in Ireland on a variety of basis dependent upon their individual circumstances, for example, Citizenship, EU Treaty Rights, Long Term residence, Refugee or Subsidiary Protection Declaration, Work Permit, Irish Born Child Residency Scheme or Family Reunification.

At Shannons Solicitors we have the expertise to answer any queries you may have, assist you in any application you may wish to make and, to generally guide you through which ever part of the Irish immigration or asylum system you may be involved in.

Immigration News and Updates


We recently wrote about the Sadiq case where the High Court issued a judgement which we believe was highly critical of the manner in which the Department of Justice and Equality dealt with family reunification cases (Sadiq & Ors v the Minister for Justice and...

Employment Permit (Amendment) Regulations 2019

One of the main difficulties we have noted in recent years is that many applications for Work Permits have been rejected because the person’s skills were said to be surplus to Irish requirements. Happily, the Employment Permit (Amendment) Regulations 2019 were enacted...

Application for Irish Citizenship

Many of you will be familiar with the recent High Court case where Judge Barrett ruled that applicants for Irish citizenship by naturalisation requires “a period of one year’s continuous residence in the State immediately before the date of the application”.  One year...