Register to join your spouse or civil partner

To stay with your spouse or civil partner in Ireland for longer than 90 days, apply for Permission to reside on the basis of marriage (or civil partnership) to an Irish national.

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

Permission to reside on the basis of marriage (or civil partnership) to an Irish national

'Permission to reside on the basis of marriage (or civil partnership) to an Irish national' is an immigration status that may allow you to stay with your spouse or civil partner in Ireland.

Read a longer description of this permission and how to apply.

Applications may take 12 months to process.

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 spouse
  • Register your details with immigration

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

Important: Permission will be refused if it is discovered you are in a 'sham marriage'. If you are already in the country, you will be deported.

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

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Updated: 5 September 2016

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