Does your spouse and family need visas to enter Ireland?
You can find the list of family members who need a visa at the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website. If your nation is NOT on the list of nations allowing free entry to Ireland, your family will have to apply for visas. You do this through the local Irish Embassy or Consulate in your country. Your spouse and dependent children should seek a “D Type” visa. Dependent children are those who are 16 or over. Children under the age of 16 are covered by the spouse’s travel visa.
Procedures for a spouse and family to join an employment permit holder
If you are a citizen of a non-visa required country such as USA or Australia, ensure that you arrive at your entry port with enough money with you. This is to show you can support yourself during a one-month visit to the country.
Before the one-month entry permission expires, go to the local police station or to the National Garda Immigration Bureau in Dublin. Make sure your spouse who holds the employment permit accompanies you. The two of you should bring:
- A marriage certificate
- The employment permit of the spouse currently working
- Recent bank statements/pay slips of the permit holder. This is to prove that your spouse can support you so you don’t become dependent on the State
- Additional proof that you will be able to financially support yourselves (e.g., health insurance/travel insurance, bank statements that show savings in your native country, etc.) is not essential but useful for strengthening your case.
- You should then be given a one-year extension, provided, of course, that your spouse has a work contract for a year or more.
Non-EEA national married to EU national
If you are a non-EEA national married to an EU national who is currently residing in Ireland, you are required to apply to the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform to seek residency on that basis. You will want to get a “Stamp 4” which will mean that you won’t require an employment permit when you want to start working in Ireland.
A spouse and any dependent children of a non-EEA national applicant can apply for residency at the same time as the employment permit holder if the holder has worked for five years or more on an employment permit scheme.