Register to join your family member as an elderly, dependent relative
To stay in Ireland for longer than 90 days as the elderly, dependent relative of a non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, apply for Stamp 0 permission from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).
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 Stamp 0 or have not yet received a letter or reply, find out what to do next below.
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Apply for permission
Stamp 0 permission may allow you to live in Ireland as the elderly, dependent relative of a non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen.
Stamp 0 may only be granted if you can prove that your relative can support you fully and completely.
In addition, your relative must hold an appropriate permission to sponsor an application by you - and be registered with immigration.
Stamp 0 is subject to several conditions and limitations. For example, it does not allow you to access any public services, eg health services or public hospitals.
Applications normally take 12 months to process.
If your application for Stamp 0 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 for Stamp 0 but have not received a response or a letter, contact Residence Division (Unit 2) 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 (Unit 2)
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
Department of Justice and Equality
13-14 Burgh Quay