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.
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