Register to join a recognised refugee in Ireland

To join a family member who is a recognised refugee, your family member in Ireland must apply on your behalf for 'Family Reunification for Recognised Refugees'. You cannot apply for yourself.

If the application is successful, your family member will be sent a letter with information about your permission including how to register with immigration.

IMPORTANT: From 11 December 2017 the previous registration certificate (GNIB card) has been replaced by the new Irish Residence Permit (IRP).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

To join your family member in Ireland, your family member here must apply on your behalf for 'Family Reunification for Recognised Refugees'. You cannot apply for yourself.

Read a longer description and find out how to make an application.

Successful application

If the application is successful, your family member will be sent a letter with detailed information about what to do next.

This includes how to register with immigration. Read a summary of the registration process.

If your family member has already applied but has not received a response or a letter, contact Family Reunification Section for an update.

Immigration registration

Before travelling to Ireland, check if you need a visa.

If you are granted permission to enter Ireland, an immigration officer at border control will stamp your passport and then add a date to the stamp.

You must visit a registration office in person before this date to:

  • Extend your immigration permission, ie for longer than 90 days
  • Register your details

If you don't register in time, you may have to leave the country.

Consult the letter (above) for detailed information about how to register or read a summary of the registration process.

Help & information

Family Reunification Section
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
Department of Justice and Equality
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
Ireland
D02 XK70

Fax: +353 (0)1 879 8695

 

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.