Renew Stamp 3 based on living with a non-EU/EEA/Swiss family member or partner

To stay in Ireland with your family member, you must apply in person at a registration office before your current permission and registration expires.

IMPORTANT: From 11 December 2017 the previous registration certificate (GNIB card) has been replaced by the new Irish Residence Permit (IRP).

Check your expiry date

The expiry date for your current immigration permission and registration is shown in your passport and on your registration certificate, ie Irish Residence Permit (IRP) or GNIB card.

To apply for a renewal, you must visit a registration office within the 2 week period before expiry.

If you do not renew in time, future applications could be affected by gaps in your immigration record. In some circumstances, you may have to leave the country.


Prepare to renew

When you were first granted permission to stay in Ireland, you were sent a letter with detailed information about your permission and related conditions.

The letter also contained information about how to renew, including documents and other evidence you need. If you have lost your original letter, contact Residence Division Unit 2.

Your application to renew will be considered with reference to the Policy on non-EEA Family Reunification.

In some circumstances you may not be able to renew, eg your family member or partner has lost their job. If you think you no longer meet the conditions for Stamp 3, contact us for advice before you visit a registration office.

Read a longer description of the renewal process and what happens next.

Help & information

Residence Division (Unit 2)
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
Department of Justice and Equality
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
D02 XK70



Contact & help

If you have questions, check the support centre for help.

Updated: 8 December 2017

Page history

8 December 2017

Descriptions updated to reflect change from 'GNIB card' to Irish Residence Permit (IRP).

1 November 2017

Contact details for Unit 2 published.

5 September 2016

Page published.