The aim of Ireland’s scheme is to provide a fast-track approach to processing applications to facilitate recognized HRDs to travel to Ireland for short stays (three months maximum) for the purpose of respite, and because of temporary safety issues.

An application must be submitted through the Irish Embassy or consular representation in the applicant’s country of usual residence. If there is no representation in the country concerned, the application should be made to the appropriate representation in a neighbouring country. Exceptionally, the application can be made directly to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin (via the Human rights Unit).

Condition: Support from Front Line Defenders or an equivalent organization in the form of letters or other documentation