Residence card of a family member of an EU citizen

You do not need a visa for Ireland if:

  • You are a family member of an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, and
  • You hold a 'Residence card of a family member of a Union citizen'

To be valid, your card must be of the type referred to in Article 10 of Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (the 'Free Movement Directive').

'Free Movement Directive'

Your EU/EEA or Swiss family member has rights under EU treaties that may allow you to accompany or join them in Ireland without a visa.

To exercise this right, you must apply for and hold a 'Residence card of a family member of a Union citizen' of the type referred to in Article 10 of Directive 2004/38/EC (PDF 190KB).

This is referred to as the 'Free Movement Directive'.

Before you travel to Ireland you must satisfy yourself that your card meets the terms of the 'Free Movement Directive'. To do so you, contact the authority that issued it and ask them to confirm if meets the terms of the directive.

Important: It is your responsibility to show that your card meets the terms of the 'Free Movement Directive'. An Irish Immigration Officer, Embassy, Consulate or Visa Office will not validate your card for you.

Visas

If your card does not meet the terms of the 'Free Movement Directive', you must apply for a visa before you come to Ireland.

If you are unsure about your card or cannot get a satisfactory answer, you may also apply for a visa.

Applications from family members of EU/EEA and Swiss citizens are dealt with more quickly than other visa applications.

 

Contact

If you have questions, contact us.

Updated: 20 January 2017

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