Join Family Visa

If a person from a visa required country wishes to come to Ireland for longer than 3 months to reside with a family member the applicant can apply for a join family long-stay visa.

Join Family Visa


The sponsor is the family member person in Ireland.

The family member you intend to reside in Ireland must have a status within the state, such as being an Irish Citizen or lawfully resident here.

The person you seek to reside with must be a qualified sponsor of an application for family reunification. The sponsor assumes responsibilities for the family member who comes to Ireland.

The onus of proof in such applications regarding the familial relationship is on the applicants. The application for family reunification is a joint enterprise.

A long stay ā€˜Dā€™ visa is for a time period longer than 90 days.

The applicant can be made via the AVATs portal here.

Details of documents required for the application are listed on the INIS website.

Evidence of finances for the applicant and sponsor must be provided with the application.

This could be the applicants and sponsors bank account statements for a 6 month period prior to the date of the application, a contract of employment, P60s, payslips etc.

It would be helpful if the applicant had medical travel insurance.

Family Members

Proving the familial connection is imperative in such applications. Adopted children are treated the same way as other children in family reunification applications.


If an applicant is unsuccessful in their application then reasons will be furnished to them for the refusal. If an application is refused, the applicant only has a short timeframe to appeal, which is within 2 months from the date of the decision letter of refusal from the Irish Immigration Service.


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