Residency Information for non-EU family members of Irish citizens

If you are the spouse, civil partner or de facto partner of an Irish citizen there are different ways to apply for residency permission in Ireland.

If you and your Irish family member are already living in Ireland you will need to make an application to the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (INIS) for residency permission.

If you are living outside Ireland and you need a visa to travel to Ireland:

  • If you are a de facto partner you will first need to apply for pre-clearance’ permission. If this is granted you will then need to apply for a visa
  • If you are a spouse or civil partner you will need to apply for a visa

If you are living outside Ireland and you do not need a visa to travel to Ireland:

  • If you are a de facto partner you will first need to apply for pre-clearance’ permission. Then you can travel to Ireland and apply for residency permission directly to an immigration officer
  • If you are a spouse or civil partner you can travel to Ireland and apply for residency permission directly to an immigration officer

Read our information leaflets to help you to understand the process:

The leaflets give an outline of the conditions for applying for residency and link to useful official websites.  We suggest you read through the relevant leaflet and if you need any more help to get in contact with us