Non-EU/EEA nationals who are either a qualifying or permitted family member of EU citizen that are either resident in Ireland or seek to enter Ireland can be considered for a legal status in Ireland (Stamp 4 EUFAM)
If you are a visa required national, you need to apply for a Join Family visa before you travel to Ireland. However, some exceptions exist, please contact this office for a consultation.
If you are non-visa required national seeking to enter Ireland, you most certainly will be asked to provide some documents (e.g. marriage certificate) by Irish Immigration authorities.
Please note that if you are currently undocumented in Ireland and your personal circumstances changed, such as getting married to an EU citizen then you may be eligible for a legal status (Stamp 4 EUFAM).
Although a private consultation is recommended to establish your eligibility.
‘Qualifying family members’ are:
- recognised civil partner
- dependent child
- direct descendant (child, grandchild etc.) of an EU citizen or of their spouse or civil partner
- a dependent direct relative in the ascending line (parent, grandparent etc.) of an EU citizen or of their spouse or civil partner.
‘Permitted family members’ are:
- de facto partner
- dependent of the EU citizen
- a member of the household of the EU citizen
- requires the personal care of the EU citizen on the basis of serious health grounds
If you are relocating to Ireland with your non-EU/EEA family member you may do so, but you must satisfy Irish immigration authority how will you financially support yourself and your family member and more documents and/or information may be requested by the Irish Immigration authorities.
You must notify the Department of Justice of any changes in personal circumstances such as, change of address, separation or divorce from an EU citizen, and any other changes.
If your EU citizen spouse/partner has departed the State or died, or you have either divorced or annulled your relationship then you may qualify for retention of your rights to continue the lawful residence in Ireland. Although some criteria must be met in order to qualify for it.
Please contact this office for a consultation to further establish your eligibility for such right.
If you are a non-EU/EEA national who is currently undocumented in Ireland or just wish to change your current stamp/legal status due to being a family member of EU, you may be eligible for a Stamp 4 (EUFAM).
Stamp 4 EUFAM entitles you to a right to live, work and operate a business in the State.
Spouse or civil partner of an Irish national
A non-EU/EEA national who is a family member of an Irish citizen that are resident in the State are considered for a legal status in Ireland.
Please note that being married to an Irish national does not give you an automatic right of residence in the State. You must make an application for permission to legally reside in Ireland. Supporting documents will also need to be submitted.
If you currently hold a legal status in Ireland and wish to change to a Stamp 4 due to your marriage/civil partnership an Irish national, then you need to attend your local immigration office to do so.
However, if you are either a visa required or non visa required national then you need to submit an application from the country where you legally reside.
If you have entered Ireland other measure may be taken for you to legally reside in Ireland without leaving the State.
If you are a family member (spouse, dependent or other) of an Irish citizen, you may be eligible for a Stamp 4, which entitles you to a right to live, work and operate a business in the State.
Please note that if you currently hold a deportation order you still may be eligible for either EU and Irish spouse/partner applications.
This route is a complex one so in order to identify possible options we would need to get all your details. Please contact this office for a consultation to discuss all those options.