EU Treaty Rights & Descendants

European Union citizenship provides for the right to move and reside freely within Union territory.

This right can also be granted to descendant family members, such as a child and can include stepchildren.

EC Directive 2004/38 at 2(c) specifies that direct descendants who are under 21 or who are dependents can fall under the definition of a family member.

The Minister can grant a qualifying family member facility to obtain an Irish Visa.

If you have any questions, we will be happy to help.

EU Treaty Rights & Descendants


If you are submitting official documents with your application, such as a Birth Certificate that was issued in the EEA area, this does not need to be attested as genuine in the member state who create the birth certificate document.

If a multilingual standard form is available, then the translation is not required.

Applications are made to the EU Treaty Rights Division, Immigration Service Delivery, Department of Justice, 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.

Qualifying family members make the application with EUTR1 Form.

Visa fees for a child beneficiary of Directive 2004/38/EC do not apply.  

Applicants must reside in Ireland to make this application.

Applications are made to EU Treaty Rights Division, Immigration Service Delivery, Department of Justice, 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.

Temporary Permission

While the persons application is being assessed, they can seek temporary permission to remain during this period.


If an application is refused there is a very short timeframe to appeal with form EU4.

Immigration Lawyer

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


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