Register to join your Irish family member

To stay with your Irish family member for longer than 90 days, apply based on the Policy document on non-EEA family reunification.

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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Policy document on non-EEA family reunification

The 'Policy document on non-EEA family reunification'  explains how your application to stay in Ireland may be decided.

For example, it explains how a decision may be influenced by your relationship to your Irish family member, including as a child, adopted child, dependent parent, dependent grandparent/grandchild, etc.

To learn more, download and read the Policy document on non-EEA family reunification (PDF).

Note: If you are an Irish citizen and you are planning to bring an adopted child (who is a non-Irish, non-EU/EEA & non-Swiss citizen) into Ireland, apply for an Immigration Clearance Letter.

Permission letter

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 Spouse of Irish National Unit (SIN/SOIN) for an update.

Immigration & registration

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

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 family member
  • 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)
Spouse of Irish National Unit (SIN/SOIN)
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
Department of Justice and Equality
PO Box 12695
Dublin 2
D02 XK70

Email: inissinu@justice.ie

 

Contact

If you have questions, contact us.

Updated: 5 September 2016

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