Register to join your EU/EEA or Swiss family member

To stay with your EU/EEA or Swiss family member in Ireland for longer than 90 days, you can apply for a 'Residence Card of a Family Member of a Union Citizen' (also referred to an EU Treaty Rights application).

IMPORTANT: From 11 December 2017 the previous registration certificate (GNIB card) has been replaced by the new Irish Residence Permit (IRP).

Immigration permission

Apply for a Residence Card of a Family Member of a Union Citizen

A Residence Card of a Family Member of a Union Citizen allows you to join your EU/EEA or Swiss family member if they live in Ireland.

To obtain a card, your family member must use their EU Treaty Rights to sponsor an application by you. Applications may take 12 months to process.

There are 2 types of card:

1. Residence card for a qualifying family member of a Union citizen

Apply for this card if you are the spouse, child, grandchild, dependent parent or dependent grandparent of an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen in Ireland.

2. Residence card for a permitted family member of a Union citizen

Apply for this card if you are the long term (de facto) partner of an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen in Ireland, or some other family member as defined in the application conditions.

A 'de facto' relationship means you and your partner are committed to a shared life together, ie as if you were married.

Note: You cannot use a 'Residence Card of a Family Member of a Union Citizen' issued by any other country to authorise a long term stay here. Your card must be issued by Ireland.

Temporary immigration permission and registration

After you make an application, you will be sent a letter that gives you temporary permission to stay in Ireland until a decision about your case is ready.

The letter will contain detailed information about what to do next. This includes how to register with immigration.

Read a summary of the registration process.

If you have applied for but not yet received a response or a letter, contact the EU Treaty Rights Applications Unit for an update.

Help & information

EU Treaty Rights Applications Unit
Residence Division
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
Department of Justice and Equality
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
Ireland
D02 XK70

Email: eutreatyrights@justice.ie

 

Contact & help

If you have questions, check the support centre for help.

Updated: 18 December 2017

Page history

18 December 2017

Descriptions updated to reflect change from 'GNIB card' to Irish Residence Permit (IRP).

5 September 2016

Page published.