International Protection Act, 2015 - Clarification regarding the deadline for the return of the Application for International Protection Questionnaire (IPO 2)


The International Protection Act, 2015 was commenced on 31 December 2016 and provides for the introduction of a single procedure which enables all grounds for seeking international protection (refugee status and subsidiary protection) and permission to remain in the State for other reasons to be examined and determined in one consecutive process. 


It has come to the attention of the International Protection Office that there is some confusion about the deadline for the return of the Application for International Protection Questionnaire (IPO 2) which has been sent to applicants affected by the transitional provisions in the Act over recent weeks. This Office has already written to applicants and their legal advisors informing them that the Application for International Protection Questionnaire (IPO 2) should be returned "if possible, no later than 20 working days from the date of the covering letter". 


For the avoidance of doubt, applicants and their legal advisors should note that this return date is purely an administrative deadline to commence the processing of single procedure applications as soon as possible. Flexibility is being provided by the International Protection Office if extra time is required for completion of the Questionnaire and for the receipt of legal advice if required. 


Applicants have also been advised that should they or their legal advisor need to provide supplementary information to the International Protection Office after they have submitted the International Protection Questionnaire, they can also do so, if possible, no later than two weeks prior to the date of their scheduled interview. This timescale will facilitate the translation of documents if required and ensure that the IPO interviewer has all their papers available and considered in advance of the interview date.


The International Protection Office hopes that this Information Notice provides the necessary clarity to applicants. 


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