Spouse / Civil Partner of Irish Citizen – Visas – Family Reunification

If you are from a visa required country, you will need a visa to travel to Ireland.

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

If you require a visa and are a spouse or civil partner of an Irish national, this post will give you information about the application process.

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

Spouse / Civil Partner of Irish Citizen - Visas

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

The visa applicants family member who is resident in Ireland is called the sponsor.

If the sponsor is an Irish citizen, they must have earned gross income not below ā‚¬40,000 over a three year period prior to the join family application been made.

The person the applicant seeks to reside with in Ireland must be a qualified sponsor of an applicant for family reunification. The sponsor assumes responsibilities for the family member who comes to Ireland. Evidence of the relationship will need to be provided.

The onus of proof in such applications regarding the familial relationship is on the applicant.

Immigration Lawyer

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

Join Family Visa Application

Such an applicant can make a long stay ā€˜Dā€™ visa application.

The application can be made via the AVATs portal on here. The application should be made from the persons country of origin.

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 to have medical travel insurance.

Application Processing Time

The processing time can vary but it can take between 7 months to 12 approximately for this application type.

Visa Decision

If you are granted permission, you must register with Garda National Immigration Bureau and your spouse should arrange an appointment with the officer at the immigration office local to you. It will be necessary to obtain your Irish Residence card from the immigration office.

If such visa application is granted, you are given initial permission to reside in Ireland for 12 months on Stamp 4.

Visa Decision Appeal

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.


Please be advised that the above-mentioned material is intended as an overview and as a broad outline of the topic discussed. It should not be considered as complete and comprehensive legal advice, nor act as an appropriate substitute.

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