Register to join your long term, de facto partner
To stay with your long term, de facto partner in Ireland for more than 90 days, apply for De Facto Partnership Immigration Permission.
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 permission or have not yet received a letter or reply, find out what to do next below.
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Apply for permission
De Facto Partnership Immigration Permission
'De Facto Partnership Immigration Permission' is an immigration status that may allow you to stay with your long term partner in Ireland.
A de facto relationship means you and your partner are both committed to a shared life together to the exclusion of all others, ie as if you were married.
When applying, you will need to provide proof of your relationship and meet several other conditions.
Read a longer description of this permission and how to apply.
Applications may take 12 months to process.
If your application is successful, you will be sent a letter that includes information about the permission granted to you and what to do next.
This includes how to register with immigration.
If you applied but have not received a response or a letter, contact De Facto Relationship Unit for an update.
Immigration & registration
Check if you need a visa
If you need a visa, apply for a Long Stay (D) Visa.
If you come to Ireland using a Short Stay (C) Visa, you will not be allowed to apply for De Facto Partnership Immigration Permission. You will have to leave the country and reapply.
Border control & registration
If you are allowed into 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:
- Confirm the permission in your letter, ie to join your long term partner
- Register your details with immigration
If you don't register in time, you may have to leave the country.
Consult your letter for detailed information about how to register or read a summary of the registration process.
Help & information
Residence Division (Units 5 and 6)
De Facto Relationship Unit
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
Department of Justice and Equality
PO Box 12695