From October 1st, a bridging plan is available for applicants. This allows immigrants to apply for temporary visas for four months, otherwise known as "bridging visas".
The permit will give holders the chance to find a legitimate job or, if they are already employed, to obtain a work permit from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.
Mr Ahern insisted the programme was not a regularisation but a temporary scheme that would be issued only to a specific category of undocumented immigrant. It would not be open to those who entered the State illegally.
(Source: The Irish Times)