You may need a visa for Ireland

Your 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 hold a valid 'Residence card of a family member of a Union citizen'.

('Residence Card of a Family Member of a Union Citizen' is sometimes shortened to 'EU Family Residence Card'.)

You are from a visa required country and you wish to join your EU/EEA or Swiss family member in Ireland for longer than 3 months. Change your answers

 

Before you travel

EU treaty rights & EU Family Residence Card

Read more about:

After you enter Ireland

If you do not hold an EU Family Residence Card issued by Ireland

You must hold an EU Family Residence Card issued by Ireland to stay here for longer than 3 months.

An EU Family Residence Card issued by another country in the EU/EEA or Switzerland is not valid for this purpose.

To apply for an EU Family Residence Card, your family member must be resident in Ireland and be exercising their EU treaty rights of free movement at the date of application.

You must apply within 3 months of your arrival here. Read a longer description about how to apply.

In some circumstances, you may be given temporary permission to stay in Ireland until a decision is made. If so, you need to register with immigration.

During your stay

Travel to Northern Ireland & United Kingdom

If you intend to travel to Northern Ireland, check with the United Kingdom authorities if you need a visa.

Application conditions

Family relationships

Only some types of family relationship are permitted when applying to join a family member in Ireland using their EU Treaty Rights.

How to apply for a visa

How to apply

You must apply from your home country or a country where you are a legal resident:

  1. Read detailed instructions for the Family Member of EU/EEA/Swiss Citizen Visa
  2. Submit your visa application online
  3. Send your passport and other documents for processing

Apply for a single entry (not a multiple entry) visa only.

You will be given instructions where to send your documents when you apply online.

Visa costs

Extra charges may apply for some applications, eg consular fees.

Other costs

To register with immigration (after you arrive in Ireland):

Help & information

Visas

Visa office
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
Department of Justice and Equality
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
Ireland
D02 XK70

Email: visamail@justice.ie

EU Treaty Rights

EU Treaty Rights Applications Unit
Residence Division
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
Department of Justice and Equality
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
Ireland
D02 XK70

Email: eutreatyrights@justice.ie

Registration

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

Email: burghquayregoffice@justice.ie (if you live in Dublin)
Email: gnib_dv@garda.ie (if you live outside Dublin)

 

Contact

If you have questions, contact us.

Updated: 20 January 2017

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