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De Facto Partner of a Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder (CSEP) or Hosting Agreement Holder (HA)

The immigration permission and application system described on this page is based on the Policy Document published 01 April, 2019 which outlines all of the relevant criteria for eligibility for this programme. The Department of Justice reserves the right to amend or suspend this policy at any time.

This Scheme applies to both visa required and non-visa required nationals. You must apply for a visa or Preclearance before you travel to Ireland. Do not apply under this Scheme if your intended stay is for less than 3 months.

What does this Scheme allow me to do?

Permission to remain under this scheme, will allow eligible persons to seek employment in the State, on a Stamp 1G basis, without the need to obtain a separate work permit. The duration of the permission granted to eligible persons will be in line with the duration of permission granted to the CSEP/HA holder, subject to the conditions below.

 

Permission to remain in the State as the De Facto Partner of a CSEP/HA Holder allows you to:

  • Work on a full or part time basis without the need for an Employment Permit from the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI)
  • Do additional voluntary work
  • Study
  • Travel abroad for short periods (e.g. holidays and attending conferences) and return to Ireland
  • Bring immediate family members (dependents) with you, meaning in this case minor children under 18 years of age. (or up to 23 years of age if they are in full time education)

 

With this permission you cannot:

  • Bring any other family members, apart from those referred to above;
  • Remain in Ireland under this permission if your sponsor leaves the country
  • Retain your permission if your relationship ends
  • Rely on public services or claim any state benefits
  • Operate a business on the basis of being self-employed.

Am I eligible to apply as De Facto Partner of a Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder (CSEP) or a Hosting Agreement Holder (HA)?

For immigration purposes, a person may be considered the De Facto partner, opposite or same sex, of another person if:

  • They have a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others akin to a marriage or civil partnership in practice though not in law, and
  • The relationship between them is genuine and continuing, and
  • They live together or do not live separately and apart on a permanent basis, and,
  • They are not related by family.

The applicant must be in a position to provide evidence of:

  • A genuine, long-term, durable relationship,
  • Living with their de facto partner as a family unit for at least two years prior to the commencement of this scheme.

You are eligible to apply under this Scheme if you:

  • Are outside of Ireland,
  • Are aged 18 or older,
  • Are a non EU/EEA and non-Swiss citizen are being sponsored by an eligible person,
  • Are of good character and good standing, for example, you can provide a clean police clearance certificate or equivalent not more than 6 months old for any country you have resided in in the past five years,
  • Have resided with your De Facto Partner for at least two years prior to your application,
  • Intend to live together permanently with your De Facto Partner in Ireland,
  • Have medical insurance from a company authorised by the Health Insurance Authority of Ireland to cover you and your dependent children (if applicable) in place on your arrival in the State for the entire duration of your stay in Ireland. (further details below)

Who can sponsor me?

An eligible sponsor must:

  • Hold a Critical Skills Employment Permit or a Hosting Agreement
  • Intend to be resident in the State and be self-sufficient i.e. not on social welfare benefits and must, if necessary, be able to support the applicant and any dependents financially without recourse to Public Funds.
  • Not have sponsored anyone else in the 7 year period prior to the Preclearance application.
  • Be of good character and good standing, for example, he/she can provide a clean police clearance certificate or equivalent not more than 6 months old for any country he/she has resided in in the past five years.
  • Have medical insurance from a company authorised by the Health Insurance Authority of Ireland (further details below)

My De Facto Partner holds a CSEP/HA and is a visa required national. Will they need to apply for and be granted a visa before I can apply under this Scheme?

The Critical Skills Permit holder or Hosting Agreement Holder must be granted a visa to travel to Ireland before a Preclearance approval letter or a long stay ‘D’ Visa.

A Preclearance letter and visa allows you to travel to Ireland only for a specific purpose. They do not give you permission to enter the country or to stay here. An Immigration Officer at border control can refuse you entry even if you have a preclearance letter /long stay visa.

  • Non-visa required nationals will apply for a Preclearance letter of approval.
  • Visa required nationals will apply for a long stay ‘D’ visa.

Your application has 3 parts:

  1. APPLICATION FORM

Fill in the online application form here. This will generate an application summary form and declaration at the end which must be printed, signed and dated.

When you are filling in your information on the online application form:

If you are a visa required national,

  • You will need to select visa/Preclearance type as ‘Long Stay (D)’
  • Journey Type as ‘Multiple’
  • And ‘Visa – Join Family (De Facto CSEP/HA )’ as your reason for travel at the link above.

If you are a non-visa required national

  • You will need to select visa/Preclearance type as ‘Long Stay (D)’
  • Journey Type as ‘Multiple’
  • And ‘Preclearance – Join Family (De Facto CSEP/HA)’ as your reason for travel at the link above.

Do not provide false or misleading information on the application form. Doing so can result in you being prevented from making further visa/Preclearance applications for a period of up to 5 years.

 

  1. ORGANISE YOUR DOCUMENTS AND PAY FEE

You must organise your supporting documents and pay the visa/Preclearance application fee.  Different offices accept fees in different ways. The summary application form will tell you to which office you need to pay your fee.

 

  1. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

 

To complete the process, you must submit your passport & supporting documents for processing. Where you submit your application depends on where you are living. The summary application form will direct you to the relevant office.

It is very important that you submit your documents and fee to the correct office within 30 days of completing the online application form.

I am the De Facto Partner of a CSEP or HA holder. My children/the children of my partner are to accompany me to Ireland. How do they apply?

Children (under 18 years, up to 23 years if in full time education) apply in a similar way to you and must be sponsored by the Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder/Hosting Agreement Holder.

You must fill in your application form first, and take note of the application number.

Child dependents must then fill in their application forms using the instructions below:

  1. Application Form

Fill in the online application form here . This will generate an application summary form and declaration at the end which must be printed, signed and dated. The online application form is signed by the parent or legal guardian of the child when under the age of 18 years.

When they are filling in their information on the online application form:

If they are a visa required national,

  • They will need to select visa/Preclearance type as ‘Long Stay (D)’
  • Journey Type as ‘Multiple’
  • And, ‘Join Family (Non-EEA nat.)(Other)’ as their reason for travel on the link above.
  • In the text box ‘Purpose of Travel’ it is advisable that they include the De Facto Partner’s application number here.

If you are a non-visa required national

  • You will need to select visa/Preclearance type as ‘Long Stay (D)’
  • Journey Type as ‘Multiple’
  • And, ‘Preclearance – Dependents’ as their reason for travel at the link above.
  • In the text box ‘Purpose of Travel’ it is advisable that they include the De Facto Partner’s application number here.

Do not provide false or misleading information on the application form. Doing so can result in you being prevented from making further visa/preclearance applications for a period of up to 5 years.

 

  1. ORGANISE YOUR DOCUMENTS AND PAY FEE

You must all then organise your supporting documents and pay the visa/Preclearance application fee.  Different offices accept fees in different ways. The summary application form will tell you to which office you need to pay your fee.

 

  1. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

 

To complete the process, you must all submit your passports & supporting documents for processing. Where you submit your application depends on where you are living. The summary application form will direct you to the relevant office.

It is very important that you all submit your documents and fee to the correct office within 30 days of completing the online application form.

 

Please note: If you are applying for dependents, and you have visa required and non-visa required applicants in your family group, you must contact the preclearance unit at preclearance@justice.ie with your details (including all transaction numbers, and nationalities) before you pay the application fee and submit your documents. 

 

If you are asked to submit your documents by post to an office (recorded delivery only), put them into a strong padded envelope and make sure to pay the correct postage. You may send all your applications together if you are applying for dependents under this Scheme. To send together:

  • Place each person's application documents into separate envelopes
  • Write the name and Application Transaction Number of each applicant on each envelope
  • Place each envelope into a larger envelope send it to the application office.

Do not use any clips, staples or files to attach sheets together in your application.

What supporting documents are required?

Before you gather your supporting documents, you must read the important information on documents requirements below.

This will give you guidelines on supporting documents, including information on translations and rules.

If you find that you cannot submit a document requested below, you should provide an explanation as to why you cannot provide it, and any other documents for consideration by the visa/Preclearance Officer.

 

Document required from the applicant:

  1. Application Summary Form - This is the summary application form which you must print. It contains a declaration that must be signed and dated by the applicant. If the person applying for a visa/Preclearance is under the age of 18 years, their parent or legal guardian must sign the form.
  2. 2 x passport sized photographs - [Rules for Photographs.]  
  3. Passports - You are required to submit your current passport with a visa/Preclearance application. 
  • For long stay visas (over 90 days) it must be valid for at least 12 months from your proposed date of entry.
  • For Preclearance (over 90 days) it must be valid for at least 12 months from your proposed date of entry.
  • If you have held previous passports, you must also submit a good quality colour copy of all pages of these passports. (All pages includes blank pages.)
  • If you are unable to provide copies of your previous passports, a written explanation must be provided along with any relevant police reports for consideration.
  • If you have changed your name in the past, for example by marriage or for any other reason, you must provide full details to us.
  • Any State issued official documents, such as Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Death Certificates, Divorce Certificates that were issued by a State outside of the EEA or Switzerland, must be attested/apostilled as genuine by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the State that issued the document, in order that it can be accepted as evidence for Irish visa purposes. Such documents are required to be translated into English or Irish, if necessary. Translations done outside the EEA or Switzerland must also be attested/apostilled as genuine, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country in which the translation occurs. Translations done in the EEA or Switzerland do not need to be attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Any State issued official documents, such as Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Death Certificates, Divorce Certificates that were issued by a State within the EEA or Switzerland do not require to be attested as genuine from Member States. A translation of these documents is not required where a multilingual standard form (MSF) is also provided. Such MSF forms are available from Member States on request. If an MSF is not provided by you then those documents are required to be translated into English or Irish, if necessary in order that it can be accepted as evidence for Irish visa purposes.  Translations done outside the EEA or Switzerland must also be attested/apostilled as genuine, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country in which the translation occurs. Translations done in the EEA or Switzerland do not need to be attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We will also accept the Extract of a European marriage certificate, issued in accordance with the “Convention on the issue of multilingual extracts from civil status records“, as proof of a marriage within the EEA or Switzerland.

 

  1. Evidence of Fee payment - First you must read the information on visa fees/Preclearance fees below. Some applicants do not have to pay the application fee.  A non-refundable fee of €60 applies to preclearance and must be paid in full at the time of the Preclearance application.

Please include, with your application, proof that the application fee has been paid – for example a copy of the transfer receipt from your bank.

The visa/Preclearance fee is a non-refundable administration fee which covers the cost of processing your application. This fee cannot be refunded even if your application is refused or withdrawn.

You may be required to pay additional charges e.g. relating to the submission of your documents. The website of the Office to which you must submit your documents will have details about additional charges and any local payment options. Details of the relevant office will be available to you once you complete the online application.

 

Information on Visa fee exemptions

Some visa applicants are exempt from the requirement to pay the visa fee. Check below if the visa fee does not apply to you.

 

Nationalities exempt from visa/Preclearance fees:

  • Bosnia
  • Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Ecuador
  • Indonesia
  • Jamaica
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • North Macedonia
  • Peru
  • Serbia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

 

  1. Medical insurance

You must provide evidence of medical insurance that satisfies the criteria outlined below:

You must be covered by private medical insurance, from a company authorised by the Health Insurance Authority for the duration of your time in the State. Your sponsor may include you in their group insurance scheme if applicable. Travel insurance may suffice but only during the first year of your stay provided it covers you:

  • For the full period before you arrange private medical insurance
  • At a minimum of €25,000 for accident and €25,000 for illness and disease and
  • For any period of hospitalisation
  • In addition, it is advisable that applicants have insurance to cover repatriation in the event of serious illness or unforeseen events.

 

  1. Up to date 6 months bank statements

Bank statements must be on headed bank paper (You may use a printed internet statement but it must be officially certified by your bank. This means that every page must be notarised by the bank and the statement must be accompanied by a letter from the bank. We will not accept uncertified internet statements)

They must show:

  • The full name of the owner of the account
  • Address
  • The bank account number and account type
  • Money paid in and out of the account over the last six (6) months immediately prior to the application. (i.e. income and expenditure) and
  • If you are also sending a bank statement from a deposit/savings account, you must
    • Include a letter from your bank confirming that you can take money from that account.

Please note that handwritten entries or details on a bank statement are not accepted.

 

  1. A Letter of Application

Your letter of application must include the following

  • Your full name, postal address and application number.
  • Your reason for travelling to Ireland, and how long you plan to stay.
  • The date you started living at your current address, and any previous addresses you have resided at in the previous 5 years, including the amount of time in each location.
  • You must provide details of any passports you hold issued by any other country outside the nationality you are applying under.
  • Details of your family members residing in Ireland or in any other EU/EEA State (including the United Kingdom). (Name, nationality, date of birth, relationship to you, and registration number in Ireland if applicable).
  • Details of any children you have (name, nationality, date of birth, current location and whether or not they have applied to travel to Ireland with you)
  • That you will obey the conditions of any permission which may be granted to you, and not rely on State funds or resources while you are in Ireland.

 

  1. Police Clearance

You must submit a Police Clearance Certificate (not more than 6 months old, to also include a criminal records check) from your country of current residence and any country you have resided in, in the 5 years prior to your application.

This must be issued by the police force of that country and must include a full check of that country’s national and local records.

Criminal record checks conducted by private companies will not be accepted.

 

  1. Other Requirements (if applicable)

Biometrics – biometrics are required from residents of Pakistan, Nigeria, China, Hong Kong and India who make a visa application. (Some exemptions apply)

Please ensure you read the following information carefully.

 

                biometrics information 

  • If you are resident in a country outside of the country which issued your passport or travel document you must submit
    •  a full colour copy of your residence permission (If you have a residence card you must photocopy both sides),
  • Documentation on previous visa refusals, Other immigration Issues (including deportation, overstaying) and Criminal Convictions.

 

For all visa/preclearance applications, if you have been refused a visa/preclearance in the              past for any country, you must provide details to us. The original letter issued to you by the   authorities of that country must be provided with your application.

                In addition if you have

  • Been deported from any country;
  • Been refused entry to any country; or
  • Been otherwise required to leave any country (including overstaying in any country)

                You must provide original documentation issued by the authorities of that country with your application and a full explanation for consideration.

                You must also provide official documentation of any criminal convictions or pending criminal charges.

                Failure to do so will result in your application being refused.

                Failure to disclose this information, where applicable, will result in your application being refused.

 

Joint Documents:

  1. Evidence of Co-habitation

Evidence of co-habitation of 2 years or more must be provided, for example

  • If renting, Letter from Landlord/ agency, rental contract/ book, dated tenancy agreement:
  • If home owner, evidence of mortgage, house ownership (for example property deeds)
  • Utility bills from both the applicant and the sponsor
  • Proof of rent paid, or mortgage payments e.g. dated bank statements etc.

As per the policy document, Partners who are not living together at the time of the application will be required to give compelling reasons for this. It will still be necessary to show cohabitation for a full two year period but each application is considered on its individual merits and humanitarian reasons will be considered.

If a couple claim they have maintained their relationship during the two year period by merely visiting each other as often as they can, this will not be sufficient to demonstrate a committed De Facto relationship.

 

  1. Evidence of financial inter-dependence

This can be demonstrated, for example, by providing evidence of transfer receipts, joint accounts, joint purchases, joint assets, or loans.

  1. Evidence of Relationship History

You must both provide a detailed relationship history supported by verifiable documentary evidence. This must include the date you commenced the relationship and the date you commenced cohabitation.

This may be supported by providing evidence of, for example letters, messages, emails, phone calls, bookings, evidence that you were in the same country when the relationship commenced etc.

The onus is on you to satisfy the processing officer that your relationship meets the definition of a De Facto relationship.

  1. Accommodation Plan

You must provide documentary evidence of where you will reside in Ireland.  If you are sourcing accommodation after your proposed date of arrival, you must tell us where you will stay while searching for accommodation and provide evidence of this.

  1. Previous Marriages

If you or your sponsor were previously married you must provide

  • a clear colour copy of the State issued marriage certificate, and
  • a clear colour copy of the official divorce agreement, or
  • separation agreement/clear evidence of separation, or
  • death certificate

Documents required from your sponsor

  1. Passports

You, as the sponsor, must provide a full colour copy of all pages (including blank pages) of your current passport.

If you have held previous passports, you must also submit a good quality colour copy of all pages of these passports. (All pages includes blank pages.)

If you are unable to provide copies of your previous passports, a written explanation must be provided along with any relevant police reports for consideration.

If you have changed your name in the past, for example by marriage or for any other reason, you must provide full details to us and supporting documentary evidence.

  1. Police Clearance

You must submit a Police Clearance Certificate (not more than 6 months old, to also include a criminal records check) from your country of current residence and any country you have resided in, in the 5 years prior to your application.

This must be issued by the police force of that country and must include a full check of that country’s national and local records.

Criminal record checks conducted by private companies will not be accepted.

  1. CSEP/HA

You must provide a clear colour copy of your valid Critical Skills Employment Permit issued by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation or your Hosting Agreement.

  1. Employment Contract

You must provide a full copy of your employment contract.

  1. Qualifications /Work Experience

You must provide evidence of your educational qualifications and evidence of work experience.

Clear colour copies of qualifications should be submitted.

Evidence of work experience, may include for example, letters from previous employers which state your dates of employment, job title, duties and annual salary for that role.

  1.  Letter of sponsorship

The letter of sponsorship must include  

  • Your full name, postal address and the applicant’s application number.
  • If applicable, details of all accompanying family members including their application transaction numbers.
  • Confirmation that you are acting as the sponsor of this application.
  • The date you started living at your current address, and any previous addresses you have resided at in the previous 5 years, including the amount of time in each location.
  • Details of any passports you hold issued by any other country.
  • If you have resided in Ireland in the past, your PPSN and registration number.
  • If you have any criminal convictions or pending criminal charges in any country.
  • If you have had any previous visa refusals in/refusal of entries into any country.
  • If you have sponsored a prior spouse/partner permission before.
  • If you have children, in Ireland or in any other country, their details.

 

  1. Up to date 6 month bank statements  

You must provide 6 months bank statements to us, following the requirements for bank statements. 

Bank statements must be on headed bank paper (You may use a printed internet statement but it must be officially certified by your bank. This means that every page must be notarised by the bank and the statement must be accompanied by a letter from the bank. We will not accept uncertified internet statements)

They must show:

  • The full name of the owner of the account
  • Address
  • The bank account number and account type
  • Money paid in and out of the account over the last six (6) months immediately prior to the application. (i.e. income and expenditure) and
  • If you are also sending a bank statement from a deposit/savings account, you must
    • Include a letter from your bank confirming that you can take money from that account.

Please note that handwritten entries or details on a bank statement are not accepted.

 

  1. Medical Insurance

You, the sponsor, must provide evidence of medical insurance satisfies the criteria outlined below:

You must be covered by private medical insurance, from a company authorised by the Health Insurance Authority for the duration of your time in the State. Your sponsor may include you in their group insurance scheme if applicable. Travel insurance may suffice but only during the first year of your stay provided it covers you:

  • For the full period before you arrange private medical insurance
  • At a minimum of €25,000 for accident and €25,000 for illness and disease and
  • For any period of hospitalisation
  • In addition, it is advisable that applicants have insurance to cover repatriation in the event of serious illness or unforeseen events.

 

  1. Other Requirements - (if applicable)
  • If you are resident in a country outside of the country which issued your passport or travel document you must submit
    •  a full colour copy of your residence permission (If you have a residence card you must photocopy both sides),
  • Documentation on Previous Visa Refusals, Other immigration Issues (including deportation, overstaying) and Criminal Convictions.

 

For all visa/preclearance applications, if you have been refused a visa/preclearance in the past for any country, you must provide details to us. The original letter issued to you by the   authorities of that country must be provided with your application.

In addition if you have:

  • Been deported from any country;
  • Been refused entry to any country; or
  • Been otherwise required to leave any country (including overstaying in any country)

                You must provide original documentation issued by the authorities of that country with your application and a full explanation for consideration.

                You must also provide official documentation of any criminal convictions or pending criminal charges.

                Failure to do so will result in the application being refused.

                Failure to disclose this information, where applicable, will result in the application being refused.

 

Documents required from dependent children

If your children have applied to travel with you to Ireland, they must provide:

  1. Application Summary Form - This is the summary application form which you must print. It contains a declaration that must be signed and dated by the applicant. If the person applying for a visa/Preclearance is under the age of 18 years, their parent or legal guardian must sign the form.
  2. 2 x passport sized photographs - [Rules for Photographs.]  
  3. Passports - You are required to submit your current passport with a visa/Preclearance application. 

For long stay visas (over 90 days) it must be valid for at least 12 months from your proposed date of entry.

For Preclearance (over 90 days) it must be valid for at least 12 months from your proposed date of entry.

If you have held previous passports, you must also submit a good quality colour copy of all pages of these passports. (All pages includes blank pages.)

If you are unable to provide copies of your previous passports, a written explanation must be provided along with any relevant police reports for consideration.

If you have changed your name in the past, for example by marriage or for any other reason, you must provide full details to us.

 

  1. Evidence of Fee paymentFirst you must read the information on visa fees/Preclearance fees below. Some applicants do not have to pay the application fee.

A non-refundable fee of €60 applies to preclearance and must be paid in full at the time of the Preclearance application.

Please include, with your application, proof that the application fee has been paid – for example a copy of the transfer receipt from your bank.

The visa/Preclearance fee is a non-refundable administration fee which covers the cost of processing your application. This fee cannot be refunded even if your application is refused or withdrawn.

You may be required to pay additional charges e.g. relating to the submission of your documents. The website of the Office to which you must submit your documents will have details about additional charges and any local payment options. Details of the relevant office will be available to you once you complete the online application.

 

Information on Visa fee exemptions

Some visa applicants are exempt from the requirement to pay the visa fee. Check below if the visa fee does not apply to you.

Nationalities exempt from visa/Preclearance fees:

 

  • Bosnia
  • Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Ecuador
  • Indonesia
  • Jamaica
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • North Macedonia
  • Peru
  • Serbia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

 

  1. Medical insurance

They must provide evidence of medical insurance that satisfies the criteria outlined below:

They must be covered by private medical insurance, from a company authorised by the Health Insurance Authority for the duration of their time in the State. Your sponsor may include them in their group insurance scheme. Travel insurance may suffice but only during the first year of their stay provided it covers them:

  • For the full period before you arrange private medical insurance
  • At a minimum of €25,000 for accident and €25,000 for illness and disease and
  • For any period of hospitalisation
  • In addition, it is advisable that applicants have insurance to cover repatriation in the event of serious illness or unforeseen events.

 

  1. Children under 18 years

Children under 18 years, living with their parents are assumed to be automatically dependent.

If making an application for a child under 18 years, you are required to provide

  • The child’s original Birth Certificate/Adoption Certificate with their application documents.
  • Evidence of the child’s current location (for example, school attendance record)

 

If you are applying for a child where a parent is deceased:

  • You must include the original Death Certificate of the deceased parent.
  • If you applying for more than one child, include the original Death Certificate in one application and a photocopy in each other application.
  • You must provide evidence of where the child is residing.

 

If you are applying for a child where one parent has sole custody:

  • You must include the original Court Order that granted sole custody to the parent concerned.
  • If you applying for more than one child, include a separate Court Order for each individual child (as appropriate)

 

If there are any other custody (shared/joint) arrangements in place,

  • The original Court Order must be submitted
  • A clear colour copy of the parents biodata page of their passport or, in the absence of a passport, national ID which displays their photo and signature.

 

Children over 18 years under 23 years

You must submit

  • The birth certificate/ adoption certificate of the child.
  • Evidence of current address.
  • Any other source of income they have
  • Details of any other family members in their country of origin/ residence.
  • Documentary evidence that they are in full time education, and remain dependent on their parent
    • This, for example, would include letters from school/college/university, transcripts, exam results, attendance records, evidence of financial dependency etc.

 

  1. Other Requirements (if applicable)
  • Biometrics - biometrics information 
  • If you are resident in a country outside of the country which issued your passport or travel document you must submit
    •  a full colour copy of your residence permission (If you have a residence card you must photocopy both sides),
  • Documentation on Previous Visa Refusals, Other immigration Issues (including deportation, overstaying) and Criminal Convictions.

 

What happens after I apply?

After we receive your application and documents, we will check that you have:

  • Selected the correct reason for travel on your application form,
  • Attached supporting documentation
  • Paid the application fee

 

Applications are generally processed in the order they are received.

Please note that the onus is on the applicant to supply the relevant documentation to us and to satisfy the processing officer that the Visa or Preclearance sought should be granted.

The current processing times for Visas and Preclearance are updated each Tuesday.

My application has been approved, what happens now?

Non-Visa Required Nationals:

We will notify you if your application is approved, and will send you a Preclearance letter of approval. It is important that you check your details on this letter for any errors. Your Preclearance letter is an important document. You will need it to present to an Immigration Officer at border control and, if granted entry, for Immigration Registration.

The Preclearance letter is valid for 6 months. If you do not use it to travel to Ireland within the validity period on the letter, you must restart the process and submit a new application.

Do not travel to Ireland with an expired Preclearance letter of approval.

It is also recommended that you have clear evidence of your medical insurance cover with you when you arrive at the border.

Dependents (Children) if applicable:

Your children (if non visa required) will appear on your letter of approval. If they do not appear on your letter, they will receive a separate decision letter from the Division.

They should not travel if they do not appear on your letter of approval. 

Visa Required Nationals:

We will notify you if your application is approved and a Long Stay D visa will be placed in your passport by the relevant office. You will need this to travel to Ireland. You will need to show it to an Immigration Officer at border control and, if granted entry, for Immigration Registration. It is important that you check your visa for any errors.

Your visa will be valid for 6 months. If you do not use your visa during the validity period, you must restart the process and submit a new application.

You will not be permitted to travel to Ireland unless your visa is valid.

It is also recommended that you have clear evidence of your medical insurance cover with you when you arrive at the border.

Family Members (Children) if applicable:

Your children (if visa required) will receive their own visa in order to travel to Ireland. If they do not receive a visa, they will receive a separate decision letter from the Division.

They should not travel if they do not have the appropriate visa in their passport.

For further information on travelling to Ireland please click here

My application has been refused, can I appeal?

We will notify you by letter if your application is refused. This letter will outline the reasons why your application was refused.

The refusal letter will also tell you if you are permitted to appeal the decision. In some cases you may not be permitted to appeal (for example if you provide false or misleading information in your application).

The appeal process is free of charge.

You can request an appeal of this decision by responding to the refusal reasons with extra supporting documents if required.

This appeal must be received by us within 8 weeks of the date of the refusal letter.

You must submit appeals by post only. We cannot accept faxes or emails.

Be sure to pay the correct postage for large packages.

After you appeal

We process visa/preclearance appeals in the order we receive them. We make every effort to process appeals as soon as possible and we advise the applicant of the outcome when the decision is made. Processing times can differ between offices and may also vary during the year, for example during peak periods. 

We may take more time processing the appeal if we need to do a detailed assessment of family rights under the Constitution of Ireland or the European Convention on Human Rights. 

Appeals Directed to the Dublin Visa/Preclearance Office

If your appeal is being processed in the Dublin Visa/Preclearance Office, the following page, which we update each Tuesday, can be visited to keep up to date for current processing times for appeals Check current appeal waiting times

Non Visa Required Nationals

If your appeal is approved, we will send you a preclearance letter as described above. If your appeal is refused, we will send you a letter outlining the reasons. You cannot request another appeal. Do not attempt to come to Ireland without preclearance approval as you will not be allowed enter the country.

If your appeal is refused, you cannot request another appeal. Only one appeal is permitted per application. In most cases it is open to you to make a fresh application.

Visa Required Nationals

If your appeal is approved, a Long Stay D visa will be placed in your passport by the relevant office as described above. If your appeal is refused, we will send you a letter outlining the reasons.

You cannot request another appeal. Only one appeal is permitted per application.  Do not attempt to come to Ireland without a visa as you will not be allowed enter the country. In most cases it is open to you to make a fresh application.

I have travelled to Ireland as the De Facto Partner of CSEP /HA holder with preclearance approval or on a long stay ‘D’ Irish visa, and I am now in Ireland. What happens next?

Immigration permission and registration

After you enter the country, you must visit a registration office before your landing stamp expires to:

  • Extend your permission to stay for longer than 90 days (i.e. as the De Facto Partner of an CSEP/HA holder ) and to
  • Register your details with Immigration

If your visit is successful, you will be given immigration permission to stay as the De Facto Partner of CSEP/HA holder in line with the duration of permission granted to the CSEP holder based on immigration stamp number 1G.

Read how to extend your permission and register for the first time.

Renewing your immigration permission

You must visit a registration office to renew your permission and registration about 6 weeks before they expire.

If you have questions about renewal contact:

Email: inisdefacto@justice.ie

or

Post:

De Facto Relationship Unit
Residence Division (Units 5 and 6)
Immigration Service Delivery (Dept. of Justice)
PO Box 12695
Dublin 2
D02 XK70

 

Accompanying Family Members (if applicable)

Any children over the age of 16 years will also have to extend their permission and register. If their visit is successful, they will be granted permission based on Stamp 3 conditions.

For further information on children under the age of 16 years please click here

Updated: 10 June 2021