Renew Stamp 4 based on living with your family member who is a recognised refugee

To stay in Ireland with your family member who is a recognised refugee, 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IMPORTANT: From 11 December 2017 the previous registration certificate (GNIB card) has been replaced by the new Irish Residence Permit (IRP).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, your family member may have been sent a letter with detailed information about your permission and related conditions.

If so, the letter contained information about how to renew, including documents and other evidence you will need.

Your application to renew will then be considered with reference to the Policy on Family Reunification for Recognised Refugees.

If you have lost the original letter or are unsure what to do, contact the Family Reunification Section.

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

Help & information

Family Reunification Section
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
Department of Justice and Equality
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
D02 XK70

Fax: +353 (0)1 879 8695


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).

3 July 2017

Replacement of Leave to Remain with Permission to Remain.

5 January 2017

Contact details for Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC) changed to International Protection Office (IPO).

5 September 2016

Page published.