New figures show that 15,500 immigrant parents with Irish-born children are seeking residency status under a once-off scheme.
Minister for Justice Michael McDowell is expected to grant residency to the vast majority of the applicants. The total number involved - including fathers and children - could be more than 30,000.
The residency applications were made following McDowell's announcement of the scheme in January. They mainly apply to parents from outside the EU who have had children here...
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