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The Justice Minister to review family reunification policies for healthcare assistants from abroad

Dublin: Justice Minister Simon Harris announced a review of the policy for family reunification for those working in Ireland under the General Employment Permit. The announcement came in response to a petition signed by TDs on behalf of the campaign group Overseas Health and Home Carers Ireland. Several TDs raised the issue in Parliament as well.

The campaign group requests that the minimum salary threshold for family reunification of non-EEA healthcare assistants be revised. The annual minimum salary for healthcare assistants in this regard has been set at 27000 Euros, according to changes in the scheme in 2021. However, there is a widespread complaint that the reduction in the annual salary received and the reduced service time are the reasons for delaying family reunification.

All immigration schemes and criteria, including the non-EEA family reunification policy, are being reviewed, according to Minister Simon Harris.

If family members are to be allowed to come to Ireland, the sponsor must demonstrate their ability to cover their costs.

The Minister also stated that the minimum wage limit for General Employment Permits should be determined by the Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment. All these are being re-examined.

Since the COVID pandemic, over 4,000 foreign carers have arrived in Ireland. 75% of them are Indian.

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