Subsidiary International Protection

International Protection includes refugee status but also can include subsidiary protection status.

Persons who do not qualify to meet the legal definition of a refugee can make another type of application to the Minister for Justice and Equality, seeking permission to reside in the state on the basis serious harm may result if they return to their country of origin.

Subsidiary International Protection

Subsidiary Protection Explained

Subsidiary protection means, as per Council Directive 2004/83/EC,
A ‘person eligible for subsidiary protection’ means a third-country national or a stateless person who does not qualify as a refugee but in respect of whom substantial grounds have been shown for believing that the person concerned if returned to his or her country of origin, or in the case of a stateless person, to his or her country of former habitual residence, would face a real risk of suffering serious harm.

Qualification for Subsidiary Protection

The person must face a risk of either the death penalty, execution, torture, inhuman or degrading treatment, or punishment if they return to the origin country.

The person must also not qualify as a refugee and not be a member of the EU-European Union.


The applicant seeking international protection should attend a Preliminary Interview at the International Protection Office, 79-83 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2 and complete the International Protection Questionnaire IPO2.

You should ask the case officer for an interpreter. A personal interview then may follow before a decision is made.

Permission to Reside

A person who obtains the subsidiary protection can reside in Ireland for 3 years initially.

Immigration Lawyer

If you have questions about international protection, you can speak with an immigration lawyer on (01) 546 1121 or  (052) 612 1999.


Please be advised that the above-mentioned material is intended as an overview and as a broad outline of the topic discussed. It should not be considered as complete and comprehensive legal advice, nor act as an appropriate substitute.

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