In accordance with Section 14 of the International Protection Act 2015, a child under the age of 18, arriving at a port of entry or at the International Protection Office (IPO), and who is not in the custody of an adult, will be referred to the Child and Family Agency (TUSLA).
The Child and Family Agency may then decide that an application for International protection should be made on behalf of the minor. Specific arrangements will be made by the IPO in conjunction with TUSLA for the processing of such an application and TUSLA will support the minor throughout the process, including attending at their interview.
The IPO has specially trained caseworkers to process cases from unaccompanied minors.
Further information on the unaccompanied minors can be found in Section 9 of the Information Booklet for Applicants for International Protection (IPO 1).
This information is not legal advice and does not give a legal interpretation of the International Protection Act 2015. If you require more information about the 2015 Act and its effect on your case, you should obtain legal advice.