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Refugee Status Determination

The Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC) is the first instance decision making body in the Irish asylum system. The Office was established under the Refugee Act, 1996. Under the 1996 Act, the Commissioner is required to investigate each asylum application lodged within the State and to make a recommendation to the Minister for Justice and Equality. The Commissioner is also responsible for investigating applications by refugees to allow family members to enter and reside in the State and for providing a report to the Minister on such applications.

The Commissioner is independent in the exercise of his or her functions.

For further information, please click on the links below or on the sidebar:

Legal Framework

Criteria for the Grant and Refusal of Asylum

Legal and Administrative Framework for Decision Making


Unaccompanied Minors


Dublin III Regulation


Other Agencies


Prioritisation of applications



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