EU Treaty Rights Ireland

European Union citizens and also their family members, who may not be Union citizens, can enjoy free movement and residence rights in Ireland.

EU Treaty Rights is a catch all term availed of to describe rights under the European Communities Free Movement of Persons Regulations 2015 and from Directive 2004/38/EC.

Recital 5 of the 2004 Directive states :

The right of all Union citizens to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States should, if it is to be exercised under objective conditions of freedom and dignity, be also granted to their family members, irrespective of nationality.

Family members of the Union citizen are divided into separate categories ie qualifying family members and then permitted family members.

A person who is not a qualifying family member may come within the permitted family member category.

Residence Card of a Family Member of a Union Citizen

If a family member / applicant of a Union citizen brings an application for a residence card, visa applications should be dealt with by way of an ‘’accelerated process’’.

If the application concerns family member dependency, for example, an ‘’extensive examination of the personal circumstances’’ must be conducted by the decision maker.  

The decision to grant or refuse the residence card application must be made within 6 months of receiving the application.

A 5 year period residence card can be obtained to live and work in Ireland.

Rights of Non-EU Spouse of EU Citizen in Ireland

We have a separate post on this which can be found here.

Permanent Residence Card Ireland

Under S.12 of the Free Movement of Persons Regulations 2015, a Union citizen of a qualified / permitted family member who has resided in the state can acquire permanent residence status after five years.

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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