Depending where your family member is from they may need a visa to come to Ireland. They may also need permission to live and work here.
Returning with a Family Member from an EEA Country
If your family member is a citizen of an EEA country, they do not need a visa to enter Ireland.
Returning with a Family Member from a Non-EEA Country
If your spouse, civil partner, de facto partner is a citizen of a non-EEA country, they may need to apply for a visa before they can travel to Ireland. You can check whether they need a visa here.
Once in Ireland they will need to apply for permission to live and work here based on your relationship. This is the case even if they do not need a visa but are from a non-EEA Country like the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc. This is because there is currently no automatic entitlement under Irish law for your non-EEA family member to join you in Ireland.
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- Residence information for de facto partners of Irish citizens – 19 August 2019 (UPDATED VERSION COMING SOON – see https://www.migrantproject.ie/2019/08/19/new-pre-clearance-process-for-de-facto-partners/)
- Residence information for spouses & civil partners of Irish citizens – August 2019
On August 19th 2019, Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, announced a new pre-clearance process for Non-EEA de facto partners of Irish citizens. Under the new process, Non-EEA de facto partners of Irish citizens will be allowed to apply for their permission to reside Ireland before they enter the country. We will be updating the information leaflet above as soon as further details are released.
You can also find more information at the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) – www.inis.gov.ie