Family reunification for recognised refugees

Information Notice: The International Protection Act 2015 will commence on 31st December 2016.

Applications for Family Reunification received by INIS no later than close of business on Friday 30 December 2016 will be processed under the current legislation.

Applications for Family Reunification received by INIS after 30 December 2016 with a post-mark date, or certificate of posting, of 30 December 2016 or earlier will be accepted as being received before close of business on 30 December and will be processed under current legislation.

All new applications for Family Reunification made after commencement of the 2015 Act will be processed under the 2015 Act.

Published 08 Dec 2016


Family Reunification for Refugees can only be sought in cases where a person has been granted Refugee Status in Ireland. If you have been granted Refugee Status and wish to apply for family members to join you in Ireland you must apply in writing to:

Family Reunification Section
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service,
13-14 Burgh Quay,
Dublin 2.

 For information on documents required please refer to this document Family_Reunification_FAQ

If your application for Family Reunification is successful, your family member(s) will then need to apply for a visa to enter Ireland.

The visa application should not be made until such a time as Family Reunification has been granted and Passport or Travel Documents have been obtained.

The visa application should be submitted to the Irish Embassy or Consulate in or accredited to your family member’s country of residence. Details of all Irish Embassies can be found on

For further information on applying for an Irish Visa please refer our visa planning page.

 The documents required for the visa application are:

  • Fully completed and signed application form
  • Original Passport or Travel Document
  • Photograph which meets our requirements - Applying for an Irish Visa – Photograph Requirements
  • Fee (details of local currency and methods of payment accepted are available from the office to which you make your application)
  • Letter that issued from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service to the Refugee in Ireland granting Family Reunification