This month i.e. September 2019, I have applied for a third extension of my Labour Market Access Permission.

You must be wondering, it might be because of the great employment I am enjoying and extension would be just to retain it. 

No No, your assumption is totally misconceived. You know or in case if you don’t know, as a law graduate with a legal practitioner background from my country of origin, I am not left with many job options here in Ireland. Though it is not that I am being very picky, it is just that I have applied to all sorts of jobs and as per the responses, for some I am overqualified and for some, I lack the relevant experience. Previous two work permits, one original and the second one as an extension, I only acquired with a hope to find a job yet it has led to nothing but despair and disappointment. I wasted my two work permits just looking for a single job.

When I look at the job market, I find all sorts of job, but every job requires a specific skill set. As a lawyer from a non-EEA country, my bachelors in law is not acceptable for practice here although it is acceptable for pursuing LLM. I need to sit in the FE1 exam before setting foot into legal profession once again and even after that it is a career to build from scratch as I would be required to do an internship/apprenticeship once again. I went through this procedure in my country of origin once, it took me 8-10 years to build something noticeable, whereafter I was forced to flee. Now I don't feel like mustering that kind of stamina again. But still, I am a law graduate and supposedly overqualified for many jobs and irrelevant to various job sectors. 

After the expiration of my second work permit, which is normally after six months only, I was not planning to renew it as I was not hopeful for finding any luck with jobs but out of the blue a nice lady from a nice recruitment agency invited me for a meeting to be hired for a nice receptionist job which obviously immediately ignited in me once again the dying flames of hope to find a career in Ireland as an International Protection Applicant. I said as an IP Applicant because on the occasion of success of my International Protection Application I would be eligible for work like any other Irish National and hopefully then it would not be so hard to find a job. So this time I applied for an extension in the hope of getting that receptionist job I was offered by that nice lady of a nice recruitment agency.

In the meeting, It was all good until she found out that I was an asylum seeker, after that she did not even bother to discuss that receptionist job with me. She said she could only help me with her personal contacts and not otherwise. She was just being nice, I know. Nothing is gonna happen though.

You know during the time when I was unable to pursue LLM due to lack of money and support in Ireland. I tried to upskill myself with Software Testing and Digital Marketing courses, as they were being offered free of cost and I passed them with flying colors. They make a good part of my CV yet they remain unable to land me a job in that sector as well. 

There are also many vacancies for drivers and despite being able to drive I am unable to acquire a license as this liberty is not afforded to asylum seekers even with work permission.

Currently, I am doing nothing, being jobless I feel as if something is dying inside me. I am no more passionate about a lot of things called life. Life seems dull and boring, feels like I am chained with invisible chains and being strangled by invisible hands, I want to move but can't, I want to breathe but feel suffocated. There are many asylum seekers and I salute them who spent 10, 11 or so years enduring this system, being workless, feeling worthless, before the availability of even this meager work permission which is, in fact, lame in many ways. Lame in a sense that it is available to those who are new in the system and have not received the first decision in the first 9 months of applying for asylum. Employers don’t understand and trust this permission, apparently, it is only for six months and there are many who were already past their initial phase of 9 months when this law came into force. Secondly, if you receive a first negative decision and go on to appeal it before the lapse of initial 9 months then you cannot obtain it, no matter how long it is going to take after that.  Though I still salute the person who stood up against joblessness of asylum seekers, dragged it into the courts and forced them to play their part in granting this though very limited and lame work permission which might not have worked for many but at least have benefited a few.

Now, I don't know what to do, I have not done any other job than advocacy yet it seems as if employers with office admin or legal secretary vacancies don't trust a person in my kind of situation. Should I wait for the decision on my Asylum Application or what? I don't know. This lack of knowledge and confusion is killing me from inside. I am losing hope. My senses are not making any sense anymore, I am stuck at some random thoughts for hours, seems impossible to come out of this mental agony. I don't know where this would take me and when this would end. I am still looking for an answer to this simple question whether this is a problem with my educational credentials or a problem with my legal status of being an asylum seeker. What is that which is causing trouble in the eyes of employers while employment for me still seems far from happening in the near future?

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This is the title of my poem published in a combined book project of Obheal and Cork City Libraries of the Book titled as, “A Journey Called Home”.

I wrote this poem in the context of being an asylum seeker in Ireland and waiting for a decision on Asylum Application for a long time and in some cases it has been over ten years before any decision was made. 

How an asylum seeker can feel while waiting in the state provided Direct Provision Accommodation for the decision on his asylum claim. I am sure many of us can relate to the feelings I expressed in my poem. I am grateful to Cork City Libraries, Obheal and specifically my Mentor, Respected, Mr Paul Casey, Obheal‘s founder for encouraging me and guiding me through all along.

Here is the poem for your kind reading and I have also embedded the video for the same poem as published by Obheal on their youtube channel. 


I was a human
when I came to Ireland for asylum,
To be dealt like a human by other fellow humans,
But now I feel no more the same, 
lying in my hostel, Feeling low and lame, 
just like a file, it is the very same, 
in the cabinet of the justice office.

I am no more than a file now,
I have a lot in my heart,
and a lot more in my mind, 
But what is written in that file,
Is all that gonna compile, 
the threads of my life, as they depend on that file.

If something is missing from it outright,
It does not count in a refugee’s plight,
The file has it all, as they say it,  
Whatever they say, I have to abide,
My mouth is shut my hands are tied,
Feeling as if no one is standing by my side.

How can a person make up his mind,
While relaxing at a table’s behind, 
Just from the file that is lacking, 
love, feeling, sense and a mind.

One who is just sitting behind,
The soulless walls of justice office,
Cannot picture the pain I feel,
To his conviction, it’s not real,
It’s just a story, it’s Just lies and I am just a file.
Aasia Bibi's Case, Supreme Court Verdict, Protests In Pakistan, Blasphemy case

There is an eruption of protests all across the country against the recently announced final verdict in the Asia Bibi’s case by Supreme Court of Pakistan.

As a Pakistani living abroad, it concerns me on many levels. First of all, this notion that the charge of blasphemy is bigger than the blasphemy itself, which is being conveyed to the international community by the protesters and the ones who are leading these protesters.  Secondly, These protests are quite telling of the fact that as a nation Pakistani nation has not grown a bit. They have not analysed the situation with a rational mind but instead followed their emotional instincts and irrational leaders without giving it a second thought, came out on the roads and started burning their own properties. What are they doing this for apparently?  for the honour of their beloved Prophet Of Islam. But in actuality they succumb to the wishes and desires of the organisers of the protests who are actually banking upon the number of the protestors, and willing to make money out of it. The kind of Islam which is being promoted by Maulana Khadim Rizvi and the likes of him is an Isam which gives him the authority to use, vulgar, dirty and  abusive language for anyone he dislikes, but apparently he gets away with it on the pretext of doing this for the sake of honour of Islam or the Prophet of Islam.

How on earth can an abusive and dirty language be a reflector of the respect and reverence of the sacred personalities of any religion or a good character of the one using such a language?

I cannot understand how the Pakistani nation justifies, following such a person whose language is sheerly appaling and abusive, who has no regards for the norms of civilization or general ethical standards.

And what notion they are following? 
"If someone has been alleged to be a blasphemer, he or she should be killed, without even requiring any evidence or asking for any proof for the alleged crime."
What was Asis bb’s case and how she got acquitted, I am not going into those details, you can read all about it just by googling it.   I am just shocked to see the reaction of the Pakistani nation and giving my point of view on that which I thought was necessary to be given.

This call of protest has been made by Tehreek e Labbiak Pakistan founded by Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi.

Molana Khadim Hussain Rizvi is in a habit of using abusive language for anyone whomsoever he dislikes, The standard abuse which comes out of the mouth of "The Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi" is 
“You Pimp, You Pig, you son of a filthy lady etc,” 
one compilation of the abuses sprouted by Maulana can be seen in this youtube video.
No one dares say anything against him because he has a big following of thousands of emotional devotees. This can in no way be deemed acceptable as he is using the shield of religion for justifying his abusive language and actions.

Now as you can see this person has a crooked and twisted (excuse my language now) personality and reasoning, apparently according to his standards anyone who has been charged with the crime of blasphemy is liable to be killed without any proof. He is the one who praised the killer, Mumtaz Qadri, for assassinating the ex-Governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, whom he was supposed to protect as a guard. The reason for killing was supporting Asia Bibi and requiring the blasphemy law of Pakistan to be more stringent with regard to the requirement of proof for such a big allegation which is punishable by death.   

This guy Khadim Hussain Rizvi praises the killer of Salman Taseer because he did the right thing according to Khadim Hussain Rizvi's own point of view, which is killing without any proof for safeguarding the honour of the Prophet of Islam. Now when it has been proven in the court beyond any doubt that no blasphemy was ever committed by Asia Bibi, this guy wants all the judges of the supreme court to be hanged.  Why any sane minded person would like to follow such a person, just because of his claims that whatever he does, is for the sake of Islam, is not sufficient enough justification to commit foolishness of such a level. The whole world is getting this message that the Pakistani nation is an emotional nation bereft of any ability to analyse the situation with a calm and rational mind.

This countrywide row of protests against the state is just a mockery of the system by a person who claims to be the protector of the honour of Islam and the Prophet of Islam, whose (Khaidm Rizvis's) personal moral standards are not above board. It's sheerly, truly appaling and unacceptable. These protestors either want that the blasphemy should have happened or they want the charge of blasphemy to be treated at par with blasphemy itself. I am greatly disappointed and ashamed of such kind of behaviour of the nation of Pakistan. 
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It's very relieving to know that Ireland is on the way to abolish or at least intending to abolish the blasphemy provision from its constitution. About the Irish Blasphemy, You can read the details from many recently published articles, for example, this one or this one but I would like to look at the blasphemy law from my perspective. How I felt while living under the regime which was very efficient in implementing the blasphemy laws.  I am referring to Pakistan here obviously.

The environment of a country that is driven by the laws against blasphemy is totally different than the one which is not.  Why, because everybody has this sense prevailing in the back of their head that their any unintentional action or word can also be construed to mean blasphemy even when it is not.
I would quote a few examples here, first of all, my personal one, when somebody like me comes out and expresses his opinion openly that sexual abuse of the religious students in the religious schools by their own teachers, is not right, is construed as blasphemy.

Secondly, When the Ex-Governor of Punjab, Pakistan, Salman Taseer,  was murdered just for pointing out the fact that the blasphemy laws of Pakistan were not drafted properly to give room to the detailed investigating process, he was considered a blasphemer and was murdered by his own guard.  

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Why because his attempt to call for a modification in the Blasphemy Laws of Pakistan was construed as an attempt to change the Divine Blasphemy law that is part of Islamic Teachings? Now when PEW Research centre says that the blasphemy laws of Pakistan are rooted in colonialism,

“In Pakistan, for instance, blasphemy statutes have their origins in the country’s colonial past, when British rulers first introduced penalties for insulting any religious beliefs. These laws remained in effect after Pakistan’s independence in 1947 and have since increased in severity.”

This is, if not completely, then partially incorrect, they are based on the Islamic Laws of Blasphemy, Ex-Governor was murdered because of the religious sentiments attached to that Divine law, People thought he was talking about Islamic Blasphemy law. Actually, he was referring to the blasphemy provisions found in The Constitutions of Pakistan and Pakistan Penal Code,  which were enacted by the National Assembly of Pakistan. He wanted to make the requirement of proof more stringent and the procedure more investigative. In his own words
“The thing I find disturbing is that if you examine the cases of the hundreds tried under this law, you have to ask how many of them are well-to-do? Why is it that only the poor and defenceless are targeted? How come over 50 per cent of them are Christians when they form less than 2 per cent of the country’s population. This points clearly to the fact that the law is misused to target minorities.”
“The blasphemy law is not a God-made law. It’s a man-made law. It was made by General Ziaul Haq and the portion about giving a death sentence was put in by Nawaz Sharif. So it’s a law which gives an excuse to extremists and reactionaries to target weak people and minorities.”
His own guard killed him. This is a blasphemy driven mindset.
Thirdly When a student of Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan(Pakistan), was murdered by a mob of religiously charged, blasphemy mindset driven crowd, in the broad daylight, in the college ground, in front of hundreds of spectators, with mobile videos as a proof of their novel deed, due to a mere allegation of blasphemy, which later was proved to be false, is actually referring to the point where you reach when you are driven by false sentiments of blasphemy.

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Here, let me clarify myself that I am not saying, we should not respect religions, I am not at all saying that, but criticising any harmful practice of any religion should not be construed as blasphemy. It is the development of civilized culture which develops with a thought process and by pointing out the flaws in various cultures. Blasphemy driven mindset can never leave enough room to let the civilized norms nurture through discussion or a thought process and the brutality which comes as a part of this blasphemy driven mindset is one of its own kind when committers of crime actually think that they are doing some novel deed and they have the right to punish anybody who thinks otherwise or alleged to have thought otherwise.

I would never want to see such an environment in Ireland. It is such a lovely nation and beautiful country. People don't care about small petty issues. They have a tendency to forgive small mistakes, they are welcoming of new cultures and religions. They are very hospitable and open-hearted. I would never, ever want to see such a lovely nation to be driven by any of the sentiments of the likes of blasphemy mindset.

And fortunately, we  (If you allow me to include myself with you) have this chance to say yes to the upcoming referendum of blasphemy on 26th of October 2018, where Irish Government after almost one and a half century of its inception from the common law and then creeping into the constitution of 1937, is trying to get rid of it.  This is our chance and if this time we don't succeed, we might not get this chance again. And believe me, there are many forces out there who are trying their best to win a no vote to keep it a part of our constitution.

So I would request you to please get rid of this blasphemy driven mindset and take a leap forward and stand in line with topnotch civilised nations on the planet. We are civilised already but this little bump has the ability to become a roadblock on the road to achieving the epitome of civilised norms of the Today's world. I vote yes for the abolishment of this provision from the constitution of Ireland. Are You With Me? 

Would you believe that I don’t know about you but I did not believe it like at all. I did not think there was any bias in Ireland for asylum seekers. I really have loved Ireland and Irish people since my arrival here and I still love em. Never even found or I must say, noticed any hint of bias in the people around me against myself. But now I think, the people around us in the asylum centre are mostly from the NGOs who have refined attitudes and I did not have much experience of personal interaction with the general Irish public at large.

But this fact dawned on me because of people’s reaction to one of my articles, specifically the last one.

Isn’t it strange that while you are discussing the prevailing bias targeted toward a class of people, you become the target of the same?

Earlier to my personal knowledge, I was of the view that the statistics offered by various NGO’s about the prevalence of a biased environment against the asylum seekers actually did not reflect the reality on the ground.

But lo and behold, I wrote about it, people reacted to that and proved me wrong.
I would still look at the brighter side of the picture, think about the people who read the article and did not react. They are far greater in numbers than the ones who reacted to it negatively.

That’s a good and positive thing. Because of some negative comments, I cannot paint everyone with the same brush.

Let’s get into the comments I received and how I received, whereas there are no visible comments on this website under my previous article other than the Roos’s one.

Actually,  I always share my articles on a social platform, social platforms are crucial if you want to reach a bigger audience. So in order to reach the Irish audience which is my main focus, I post my articles, in the Irish branch of that platform, in order to convey my message to the Irish Public generally.

People have varied perspectives and portray their views in the shape of comments on my articles. It gives me a good general idea of the perspective of the public at large.

So, in the previous article, I mentioned the incident that happened with a Pakistani Irish, whose application for residency became a victim of professional negligence by INIS, as he said so.

I shared that article on this social platform, I would not mention the name the platform or show the names of people who commented on my article. My purpose is, again, not to defame but to educate and inform. So when I shared my article about that negligent treatment of that Pakistani Irish by the professional staff at INIS, I got very sharp-edged responses from Irish Public. I like when people criticize because discussion actually builds over criticism and development of thought is based on criticism. Another good point about it that people read your work and then give their opinion. So you are being read and responded to, based on your work.

 So, let’s read our First Comment

This guy is telling from his own experience of working with Pakistani guys in Dubai. I am not gonna defend Pakistanis here, I am not their spokesperson but I am just saying a few things in response, going to Dubai for work is another thing and seeking asylum due to a danger faced by someone is another. I would say every case is assessed on its own merits by Justice Office. No one is sitting there to grant asylum for economic reasons. If someone has an economic case that will be judged by Justice office and as you already know very strictly.

Another one!!

This guy is a real fan of mine. He follows me around on that social platform and whenever I post something. He gives his invaluable articulate, educated and learned opinion on that, even when I don’t ask, as you can see here as well in a very eloquent way he ventured his emotions. After this kind of comprehensive remark, I am at an extreme loss of words to respond to him as intelligently as he did, so let us leave this genius alone and read some comments from ordinary class ( I mean the normal people).


These comments actually portray the general impression of the Pakistani asylum seekers among the public of Ireland. About the sham marriages, you cannot deny the fact that they are not completely frivolous or far from reality but they are not the complete reality as well. Not every Pakistani or an asylum seeker is deceptive, playing games or into sham marriages. And not every marriage is a sham marriage as well. There are women who found their true life partners and there are men who found their soul mates, even from the asylum seekers class but it does not eliminate the fact of them seeking asylum due to security reasons. They found someone, can be called a stroke of luck, no one can be stopped from falling in love with someone just because he or she would be misjudged for doing so, “it’s just for Nationality”. The one who is marrying an asylum seeker also knows this fact, of him/her being an asylum seeker, but would you blame them for choosing an asylum seeker over a national? I don't think so.

You can’t give a generalised statement about everyone, and discredit them.

There has been a time in the past for Irish, and that time has not washed off completely when they were badly misjudged by Britons and Americans.
Let’s just read a few news items about that time and current times as well.
The Irish Times in its news item published in 2015 referred a news of New York Times where they showcased and proved the instances of the sign

“No Irish Need Apply”

in the US in the 19the century, in their words,

“The New York Times has proved definitively that the phrase “No Irish need apply” (NINA) was in widespread use in the middle of the 19th century in the United States.”

Another source mentions the fact that,

“When the economy was strong, Irish immigrants to America were welcomed. But when boom times turned down, as they did in the mid-1850s, social unrest followed and it could be especially difficult for immigrants who were considered to be taking jobs from Americans. Being already low in the pecking order, the Irish suffered great discrimination. 'No Irish Need Apply' was a familiar comment in job advertisements.”

Irish were being misjudged just for the general misconception about their inexpertise or alcoholism, as you can read here,

Irish racism in Victorian Britain and 19th century United States included the stereotyping of the Irish as violent and alcoholic.”[17]

These are a few snippets about the misjudgement of the Irish by the all-powerful class of nations. Now, has the situation completely changed? I don’t think so, the situation for Irish moving to the USA is still cannot be called ideal.

As of now in recent times like in 2012, Irish Times reported and detailed the situation of recently immigrated Irish citizens to the USA.

In the words of James, who moved to the USA from Ireland for a brighter future,
“It is not as easy as it used to be to find work here, especially if you don’t have a proper visa, but I knew an Irish lad who was working in a bar which happened to be looking for staff when I arrived in February, and they gave me a job as a barman. The Irish still seem to look out for their own”

I don’t get paid a wage but I earn good tips, and I’m a lot better off financially now than I was at home. Before I left Cavan, a lot of my friends were unemployed or emigrating if they weren’t still in college. It was very hard to get a group of friends together to go out at weekends, because they just didn’t have the money. Over here I’m able to rent an apartment, save a little money, and have a good time as well . . . It is a lot different to Cavan.”

The ratio of Irish citizens moving to USA was increasing as per the same news item.

“We can only go by our own statistics, but I would safely say that the number of people emigrating here from Ireland increased by about five or six times if not more in the last few years,” says Orla Kelleher, executive director of the Aisling Irish Community Center in Yonkers.

I consider Ireland a developed, first world country and it is a first world country, there’s no denying that but there were hard times for Irish as well, during those times and even now, they were and are being misjudged, which is not correct or right. They should be given every opportunity to improve their lives.

But there is a great difference in seeking asylum and moving to USA for a better future. Irish, moving to USA, can come back any time as they are not faced with life-threatening dangers, but asylum seekers including Pakistanis are running from, dangerous situations and conservative societies, at least for Pakistan I can say that if you don’t fit well with the narrative of Army, executive or religious authorities in Pakistan, you can be killed without a second thought as if your life has no worth.

I am not defending anyone here, but speaking for everyone including, my Irish national brethren, whom I consider my own nation, that this environment of misjudgement should not come in the way of development of the Human Race into the right direction. We have to cut down the divides and build bridges where saner minds should prevail.  

There is no doubt that an environment of bias exists for the asylum seekers in Ireland as independent has also reported the instances of misjudgement of asylum seekers but we can overcome this environment by working for it, in Ireland for others and in USA and Britain for Irish, why not, let's start it from today, let's start it from home, let’s start from my beautiful country, my amazing land, Ireland.

Shocking but true, yes this is a story narrated by a Pakistani Irish citizen about himself, how he was denied the extension of his leave to remain on the basis of his marriage with a Lithuanian lady. How the bureaucracy played a very unfair game, just to deny this guy the extension which he deserved rightfully. This article (I have given the link below) is very nicely written and gives out a lot of information on the subject of the extension of the leave to remain and what remedies can be availed. What this guy did when he was in trouble, how he was misled and how eventually he found out a way to find out about the game being played by the bureaucracy. How he was unable to retrieve the information about himself from INIS and how he was able to force the same authorities to reveal the true situation about his application for extension and permanent residency.

Bureaucracy is so strong in this country that this Pakistani guy whose name is Ali and his Lithuanian wife were on the brink of being deported back to their native countries. His file went up to the minister on the appeal stage where bureaucracy was able to manipulate the minister to believe that there was something missing in the file whereas it was not the case.

This story is also telling of the fact that some specific classes of people are generally treated that way. According to the information acquired by Ali, Pakistanis are generally treated badly by the high ups in the government offices.

I can relate to Mr Ali in the sense of being treated ill by some authorities Irish Authorities, I would like to refer to a few incidents happened with me which could be connected to this sort of treatment with Pakistanis specifically.

One of them is just ongoing where I am being denied to sit in an educational institution on an Irish fee as per the rules set out by the Justice office. Which you can read here.

Another incident happened with me at my interview for asylum stage where I was discredited on the basis of a document issued by the state administrative office of an EU country. I mean letters issued by the state administration offices of any EU country are the most trustworthy documents, specifically when they are numbered and dated along with all the contact details of that office for confirmation purposes. If such kind of a document is looked at with suspicion, this sort of attitude can be construed in many ways.     

I don't know this kind of behaviour is targeted towards Pakistanis only as Mr Ali assessed the matter or it is general behaviour towards everyone without discrimination. I mean if humiliation is done without discrimination, even then it’s not right but if it is targeted to a specific class of people then it's the worst form of it.   

The original account as narrated by Mr. Ali can be read here.

You would not believe how I have been dismayed by one of the very famous institutions in the county Cork. My status of being an asylum seeker made them so uncomfortable that they did not accept me on an Irish fee. I am not gonna name the college here as the purpose of this blog is not to defame anyone but education and information.

This year I applied for two courses at the same time, both of level 5, one was IT maintenance in commerce college and the other one was software development in an unnamed college. The test for both of the courses consisted of four papers including maths and English as well. I passed the test with high grades and was appreciated by the testing authority and offered a place on both of the courses in both of the colleges. But by the stroke of luck through an ad in the newspaper, I learned about software tester course in the Cork Training Centre and I joined that before even I was called for the pre-test for the above mentioned two courses by the above mentioned two colleges. So at the time of sitting in the pretest for above-mentioned courses, I was already a student of Cork Training Center, thankfully.

After passing, no institution questioned my eligibility to join the education/training on the basis of the labour permission I acquired from the Justice office and gave me admission on the basis of that but strangely enough, the unnamed college refused to give me admission on a Level 5 course. As it was clarified by the justice office in a booklet LMA 7as distributed by them in the Asylum Accommodation on page 11 that;

Can I access further education and training?

“Access to the labour market may allow for access to further education or training (FET) or third level courses that have an employment, vocational or workplace-training component. Your letter of permission from the Minister to access the labour market can be used as proof of your eligibility to work. Information regarding Further Education and Training can be obtained at your local Education and Training Board (ETB), or your local Intreo Centre or your Local Employment Service (LES). While access to the majority of these programmes is free of charge, participation in Post Leaving Certificate and higher education programmes will continue to be subject to the payment of fees”

As per this information I was eligible for education in a level 5 course for free or on Irish fee but I don’t know what prevented the unnamed college from giving me admission. I was admitted to Cork Training Center with no questions asked and totally free. I was given admissin in the Cork college of Commerce with no questions asked in a level 5 course in IT maintainance but I liked software development more than IT so I thought I would join that one in the unnamed college and got my name removed from commerce college. But Lo and Behold, the unnamed college did not give me admission at all on an Irish fee.I protested vehemently with a kind soul in the management of that college. As of now, she is trying hard to check the possibilities of me being allowed to sit in the class on an Irish fee as per the rules of Justice office.  It’s 11 September 2018 today, let’s hope it goes well and she finds a way for me to be allowed to sit in the class.

These are the hurdles which we face on daily bases, though I am in Ireland for over three years now and I am a legally resident person as per the EU directive Article 2(2).

“legally resident in the Union’ means where a natural person has the right to reside in a Member State by virtue of Union or national law, including consumers with no fixed address and persons seeking asylum under the Geneva Convention of 28 July 1951 Relating to the Status of Refugees, the Protocol thereto of 31 January 1967 and other relevant international treaties.”

As per the Irish Law from the revenue website of the Irish Government I am an ordinarily resident person.

“How to know if you are ordinarily resident for tax purposes
If you have been resident in Ireland for three consecutive tax years, you become ordinarily resident from the beginning of the fourth tax year.
If you leave Ireland after this time, you continue to be ordinarily resident for three consecutive tax years.”

So I have accrued some rights by legally residing in Ireland and by getting the labour permission enhanced the level of those rights but still do always remember, you are an asylum seeker and it's better if you keep your mouth shut and wait for the authorities to take pity on you. The guy who got us the work permission by filing a law suit in the court. remained without work for over eight years in Direct Provision. He said that while in the direct provision on a €19 weekly allowance, he suffered depression and loss of autonomy and being allowed to work was vital to his development, personal dignity and “sense of self-worth”.

But I presume still there is a long way to go before we could expect some positive decisions from the authorities.