Renew Stamp 4 based on living with your Irish spouse or civil partner

To stay in Ireland with your Irish spouse or civil partner, 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IMPORTANT: From 11 December 2017 the previous registration certificate (GNIB card) has been replaced by the new Irish Residence Permit (IRP).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.

Your application will be considered with reference to Permission to reside on the basis of marriage (or civil partnership) to an Irish national.

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

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.

Help & information

Residence Division (Units 5 and 6)
Spouse of Irish National Unit (SIN/SOIN)
Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service
PO Box 12695
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).

5 September 2016

Page published.