Immigration guidelines on domestic violence

The purpose of these guidelines is to set out how the Irish immigration system deals with cases of domestic violence where the woman is a foreign national and whose immigration status is currently derived from or dependant on that of the perpetrator of domestic violence.

It is aimed at explaining how a woman affected by domestic violence whose relationship has broken down can apply for independent immigration permission in his/her own right.

Once an applicant for social welfare has the relevant legal status to reside in Ireland from Department of Justice (the Department of Social Protection has no involvement in this), claims for social welfare will be considered upon receipt of completed application(s) including for example Supplementary Welfare Allowance, Emergency Needs Payments, Jobseeker's Allowance or One Parent Family Payment - details of all social welfare scheme's and application forms are available on

Download a copy of the Department of Justice Immigration Guidelines for Victims of Domestic Violence