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).

If your application is successful, you will be sent a letter with information about your permission including how to register. Read a summary of the registration process.

If you have not applied for a card or have not yet received a letter or reply, find out what to do next below.

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Apply for a card

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.

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. You must have a card issued by Ireland.

Two types of card are available.

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.

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.

Applications may take 12 months to process.

Temporary permission

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

 

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Updated: 5 September 2016

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