Application for Family Reunification in Ireland

A person who is not an EEA/Swiss national who wishes to come to Ireland for longer than 3 months to reside with a family member can apply for permission vis a vis a join family visa application.

You can check if you are from a visa required country here.

This is a long stay visa application and permission if granted.

The Application is made to Irish Immigration Services and can be completed online vis a vis the Department of Justices AVATs system.

You will find some information about the application process in this post and our contact numbers can be found on our website if you have any questions.

Join Family Visa

How to Apply for Family Reunification Ireland

Making a join family visa application is a joint enterprise between applicant and sponsor.

The sponsor is the family member person in Ireland of the visa applicant. The sponsor must have immigration status within the state.

The family member you intend to reside in Ireland must have an immigration status within the state, such as being an Irish Citizen or lawfully resident here on Stamp 4 or 5 for example.

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 applicant must provide evidence of the family relationship.

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

Family Reunification Application Form & Documents Ireland

The application form can be completed 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.


How can I get a family reunification visa ?

This post will give you information on the how to, but family reunification visa applicantions vary with respect to requirements. An example is if you are seeking to bring your parent to Ireland, and in that scenario here is a post to assist with information in relation to this. Here is an information post in relation to a spouse visa.

How long does it take to get a family reunification visa ?

It can take approximately 6 months.

What is the join family visa ?

To join a family member who is not a citizen or EEA national in Ireland for longer than 3 months, one needs a long stay family member visa permission.

Irelands Join Family Visa Processing Times ?

This is answered above.

How can I get a family reunification visa ?

Applications are made to Immigration Service Delivery. Government policy regarding guidelines with respect to family reunificaiton for Non-EEA citizens with family members residing in Ireland, is set out in the Non-EEA Policy Document of Family Reunification.

Immigration Lawyer

If you have questions about visas, you can speak with an immigration lawyer on (01) 546 1121 or  (052) 612 1999.


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