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Every year, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade assists many Irish citizens who are deported from the country they are residing in. Reasons for this include involvement in criminal activity, the end of a prison sentence, overstaying of a visa, or actions which cause the loss of legal right to remain.

We offer non-judgemental and practical support in such situations, and seek to ease the bureaucratic burden for the individual concerned and their family. We do not make representations on the individual’s behalf for a deportation order to be overturned, and you should be aware that decisions by immigration authorities are generally final.

What we can do

  • We can assist you to get information about detention or deportation arrangements.
  • We can provide contact information for English-speaking local lawyers.
  • We can provide families with information regarding the deportation, prison and legal arrangements in the country where their family member is detained.
  • We can help you to maintain contact with friends and family and arrange for funds provided by them to be transferred safely.
  • We can ensure that you are not discriminated against as a foreign citizen.

What we can’t do

  • We can’t intervene with the local authorities to try and get the decision overturned
  • We can’t pay for a legal defence or provide legal advice