Bringing Non-Irish Family Members

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 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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You can also find more information at the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS)