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The International Protection Appeals Tribunal


The International Protection Appeals Tribunal was established in accordance with section 61 of the International Protection Act 2015. The International Protection Act 2015 was commenced on 31 December 2016, at which time the functions of the former Refugee Appeals Tribunal transferred to the International Protection Appeals Tribunal.

 

The Tribunal decides appeals of those persons whose application for International Protection status has not been recommended by the International Protection Office. The Tribunal also determines appeals under the Dublin System Regulations.

 

The Tribunal is a statutorily independent body and exercises a quasi-judicial function under the International Protection Act 2015. The Tribunal consists of a Chairperson, 2 deputy chairpersons, and such number of ordinary members appointed on either a whole-time or part-time capacity as the Minister for Justice & Equality, with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, considers necessary for the expeditious dispatch of the business of the Tribunal. (Click here for full list of Tribunal Members).

 

Staff are assigned to the Tribunal from the Department of Justice & Equality.

 


The
Office of the International Protection Appeals Tribunal, is located at:

6/7 Hanover Street East, Dublin D02 W320
Telephone: + 353 (0) 1 474 8400

Lo Call: 1890 201 458
Fax: + 353 (0) 1 474 8410
Email:
info@protectionappeals.ie

An binse um Achomhairc i dtaobh Cosaint Idirnáisiúnta
6/7 Sráid Hanover Thoir, Baile Átha Cliath D02 W320
Teileafón (01) 474 8400

Lo Call: 1890 201 458
R-Phost:
info@protectionappeals.ie


Latest News


The Public Appointments Service is currently running a competition for the appointment of Part-Time Members to the International Protection Appeals Tribunal. Full details can be found on the Public Jobs website here. The closing date for completed applications is 3pm on Thursday the 2nd of February.



Latest News: International Protection Act 2015


New arrangements for the investigation and determination of applications for international protection (refugee status and subsidiary protection) and permission to remain in the State have been introduced in the International Protection Act 2015 (the 2015 Act) which was commenced by the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality on 31 December 2016. The Refugee Appeals Tribunal has been replaced by the International Protection Appeals Tribunal.

The 2015 Act contains transitional provisions dealing with appeals lodged with the Refugee Appeals Tribunal prior to the commencement of the 2015 Act. It is recommended that you consult with your legal adviser if you have any concerns.



International Protection Act 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the International Protection Act 2015?
A: The 2015 Act sets up a new procedure for determining applications for refugee and subsidiary protection status. It contains transitional provisions dealing with appeals lodged with the Refugee Appeals Tribunal prior to the commencement of the 2015 Act.

Q: What will happen to my appeal once the Act commences?
A: This will depend on what type of appeal you have made to the Tribunal and where it is in the process.

Refugee Appeals:

Q: I have made an appeal to the Refugee Appeals Tribunal against a recommendation to refuse me Refugee status. What happens now?
A: If your appeal has not been decided by the 31st of December 2016, the commencement date of the new Act, you are deemed to have made an application for international protection under the new Act.

Q: What does that mean?
A: Your file will be transferred to the International Protection Office who will consider whether you are eligible for subsidiary protection.

Q: Do I have to do anything?
A: The Minister will write to you informing you of what you have to do next.

Q: What happens to my current refugee appeal?
A: Your refugee appeal will be considered by the new International Protection Appeals Tribunal after the International Protection Office has decided whether you are eligible for subsidiary protection.

Q: What if they recommend that I am not eligible for subsidiary protection?
A: You can also appeal that recommendation to the new International Protection Appeals Tribunal.

Q: How do I appeal?
A: If there is a negative determination in relation to your subsidiary protection status you will be given details by the International Protection Office about how to appeal that decision to the new International Protection Appeals Tribunal

Q: If I submit an appeal against a recommendation to refuse me subsidiary protection status will my existing refugee appeal be dealt with separately?
A: No. If you submit an appeal against a recommendation to refuse subsidiary protection Status both appeals will be heard and decided together.

Subsidiary Protection Appeals:

Q: I have made an appeal against a recommendation to refuse me Subsidiary Protection status. What happens now?
A: Your Subsidiary Protection appeal will be heard and decided by the new International Protection Appeals Tribunal.

Q: Do I have to do anything?
A: No. You will be notified when your appeal is ready for hearing.

Dublin Regulation Appeals:

Q: I have made an appeal against a Transfer Decision made under the Dublin Regulation. What happens now?
A: Your appeal will be heard and decided by the new International Protection Appeals Tribunal.

Q: Do I have to do anything?
A: No. You will be notified when your appeal is ready for hearing.








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