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Permission for parents of Irish citizens

Notice for Applicants

From the 1st October 2015 all new applications for permission to remain in the State on the basis of parentage of an Irish Citizen Child from a Non-EEA parent who does not have an existing immigration permission must be submitted on the Irish Citizen Child Application Form to Residence Unit 4, INIS, 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.

Information specific to persons who have an existing right of residency but wish to have their status upgraded to facilitate full access to employment.  A person who has an existing immigration permission in the State (stamp 1 or 2 or 3) can attend at their local immigration office to apply to upgrade their permission to a stamp 4.  The stamp 4 will only be issued if the registration office is satisfied by the evidence provided by the applicant, the relationship history and the validity of the documentation presented.

If the registration office is not satisfied with any of these they will refer person to the INIS Residence Division for further examination.

A person who has an existing immigration permission and believes they fulfil the criteria of the Zambrano Judgment should attend at their local Immigration Registration Office and have the following documentation in their possession:

  • their own Passport,
  • their current Irish Residence Permit (IRP) or GNIB Card,
  • their child's Irish Passport,
  • their child's Birth Certificate
  • documentary evidence of their address in the State
  • documentary evidence of the child’s address in the State (eg doctors letter or school letter)

NB:  The Irish citizen child must attend with his/her parent(s) on this occasion.  Where such persons are found to satisfy the Zambrano criteria, then, all other things being equal, their status will be upgraded to Stamp 4 conditions. However, in circumstances where the Registration Office is not satisfied that a person meets the Zambrano criteria, the case will be referred back to the INIS Residence Division for further examination.


Application Process and Application Form

Applications for a right to reside and work in this State will be considered in respect of Non-EEA parents of an Irish Citizen child. Such applications will be examined on case by case basis having regard to the individual circumstances and information set out in the application form.


Guidelines for Completing Application Form

  • The form must be completed in BLOCK CAPITALS and in black ink. Where indicated, please place a tick (  ) in the appropriate box.
  • All sections must be completed. The declaration in Section 4 must be signed. Incomplete applications cannot be processed and will be returned.
  • Please refer to the checklist in Section 5 of this form for details of documents which must be submitted with this form.
  • If you are unable to provide any of the information or details requested please provide a written explanation indicating the reasons for this in Section 6 of this form.
  • It is your responsibility to advise the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of any change of circumstances in writing without delay.

*Important to note that this permission to remain in the State is granted to applicants subject to the result of enquiries as to whether applicants have obeyed the laws of the State or been convicted of any offence and have not been involved in criminal activity. In the event that information comes to the attention of the Minister which is relevant to the granting of permission to remain to applicants, she may re-consider this status in the State and may revoke this permission. In the event that this occurs, she may propose to deport applicants from the State. Without offering a complete list of types of information that may lead her to do so, they include the following:

  • Information that shows that applicants have not complied with these conditions,
  • Information which relates to applicants character or conduct, including criminal convictions,
  • Information which indicates that applicants have failed to register as required,
  • Information which indicates that applicants have provided misleading or inaccurate information to the Minister or to other authorities of the State.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of the grounds on which the Minister may revoke permission to be in the State.

Please submit the completed application form along with all supporting documentation/information by registered post to the following address;

Residence Division Unit 4,
13 – 14 Burgh Quay,
Dublin 2.

Irish Citizen Child Application Form  .