You need a visa for Ireland
You need a Join Family Visa to join your spouse, partner, family member or child (who is an Irish citizen) living in Ireland, or to accompany them if they are moving to Ireland.
Your exact preparations depend on your plans and personal circumstances. Some of the most important are described below. Read this information carefully to make sure you have everything you need.
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Before you travel
Apply for a Join Family Visa
Only some types of family relationship are permitted for this visa. Read more about immigration permission to join a family member in Ireland.
When you travel
Prepare for border control
You will need to prove that you have a valid reason for entering Ireland to an immigration officer at border control.
To do so, you will need your passport, visa, proof of family relationship and other documents.
If you cannot satisfy the immigration officer, you will not be allowed into Ireland.
After you enter
Apply for permission to stay & register with immigration
After you enter the country, you must apply for permission to stay in Ireland and register with immigration before the date shown by the stamp in your passport.
If you don't get permission and register in time, you may have to leave the country.
During your stay
Travel to Northern Ireland & United Kingdom
You cannot travel to Northern Ireland using an Irish visa. You need a visa issued by the United Kingdom.
If you travel from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland and then wish to return to the Republic, you must have a Re-entry Visa (explained below).
Leaving & returning to Ireland
If you plan to leave Ireland for a short period and then come back again, you must apply for a Re-entry Visa.
You must have a valid Certificate of Registration (also called a 'GNIB card') to apply for a Re-entry Visa.
If you leave without a Re-entry Visa, you will not be allowed back into the country. You will have to apply again for a full visa.
Only some types of family relationship are permitted when joining a family member in Ireland. This includes to join your:
- Spouse or civil partner
- Long term, de facto partner
- Other family member
Read more in the Policy Document on Non-EEA Family Reunification (PDF 330KB).
Visa application processing times
Applications for a visa are normally processed within 6 months, though this may vary.
Updates on processing waiting times are published on the INIS website every week.
You can cancel your application at any time, however fees will not be refunded.
How to apply
When to apply
You should apply for a visa at least 6 months before you intend travel.
You may need extra time to prepare documents to support your application, eg proof of family relationship.
How to apply
You must apply from your home country or a country where you are a legal resident:
- Read detailed instructions for the Join Family Visa
- Submit your visa application online
- Send your passport and other documents for processing
You will be given instructions where to send your documents when you apply online.
- €60 : Long Stay 'D' Visa
- €60 : Re-entry Visa single entry (valid for 90 days)
- €100 : Re-entry Visa multiple entry
- Some applicants do not pay visa fees
Extra charges may apply for some applications, eg consular fees.
To register with immigration (after you arrive in Ireland):