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Visit family or friend

Visit as tourist

Visit by Family Member of Irish Citizen

Accompany / join EU citizen under Directive 2004/38/EC on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move to and reside freely within the territory of the Member States

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Visit family or friend - visa application documents required

  • Fully complete the online application form, and submit your signed summary application form, photographs and fee
  • In addition to the signed summary application form, please also submit a signed letter of application
  1. outlining your reason for wishing to visit Ireland,
  2. giving details of any members of your family who are currently in Ireland, or any other EU State,
  3. stating how long you plan to stay,
  4. undertaking that you will observe the conditions of your visa, that you will not become a burden on the State, and that you will leave the State on the expiry of your permission to remain.
  • Passport, valid for 6 months after your intended date of departure from the State, and copy of previous passport if applicable
  • If visiting another State prior to travelling to Ireland, the relevant visa for that State must be obtained and in your passport before applying for an Irish visa
  • If you have been refused a visa for any other country, details of this must be given. Submit the original letter issued to you by the authorities of that country. Concealment of visa refusals will result in your Irish visa application being refused
  • If you are resident in a country other than your country of origin, evidence of your permission to reside in that country. This permission should be valid for at least 3 months after your intended departure from Ireland
  • Where a child under the age of 18 is travelling alone, the consent of both parents/guardians is required. If the child is travelling with one parent, the consent of the other parent is required. This signed parental consent must be accompanied by a copy of the consenting parent's passport or national identity card showing the bearer's signature
  • Where only one parent has total custody, a Court Order bestowing sole custody of this child must be shown.

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Accommodation and funds

  • A letter of invitation from your contact/host in Ireland confirming that accommodation will be provided for the duration of your visit
  • Current utility account bill in name of contact/host for address where you will be accomodated
  • A written undertaking from your contact/host stating that you will observe the conditions of your visa, that you will not become a burden on the State, and that you will leave the State on the expiration of your permission to remain
  • Details of how you are known to, or related to your contact/host, and supporting evidence of this – e.g. birth certificates/marriage certificates
  • áCopy of your contact/host’s passport, or if contact/host is an Irish citizen, other documentary evidence attesting to Irish citizenship
  • If your contact/host is not an Irish/EEA citizen, evidence of their permission to remain in Ireland – a copy of their GNIB card and copy of their passport showing Immigration stamps
  • A detailed statement of your bank account covering a six-month period immediately prior to your visa application, and showing sufficient funds to cover your costs
  • A detailed statement of your contact/host’s bank account for the six-month period immediately prior to your visa application showing sufficient funds to support your stay
  • Evidence of insurance cover will help us decide your application. If we grant you a visit, you should show proof of medical/travel insurance when you arrive at the port of entry.

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Evidence of your obligations to return to your country of permanent residence

  • If you are employed, a letter from your employer stating how long you have been employed there, the dates you will be on annual leave from, the date you will be returning to work in that employment, and your three most recent payslips.
  • If you are a student, a letter from your college stating the course you are studying, how many years you have been a student there, how many years/terms you have left at that college, and that you will be returning there following your visit to Ireland.
  • Details of any family members living in your country of permanent residence. If you are married or have children under age eighteen, and your spouse or children are remaining at home, you should submit your marriage certificate and birth certificates for the children.

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Please keep copies of all documents submitted with your application. Original documents such as marriage/birth certificates will be returned to you. However, bank statements, letters of invitation etc will not be returned.
If there are specific documents that you wish to have returned to you, please submit a list of these with your application.

All letters submitted should be on official company headed paper and give full contact details for verification purposes. These must include a full postal address, name of contact, position in company, telephone number (landline) and email address where relevant. (Email addresses such as Yahoo or Hotmail are not accepted). Website address should also be included, if available.

All of the above documents must be submitted with your application

All documentation must be in English or accompanied by a notarised translation

The provision of all the documentation listed in no way guarantees that a visa will be granted

Please do not purchase travel tickets prior to a decision being made on the visa application.á Doing so may lead to unnecessary additional costs in circumstances where a visa is not granted.

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Visit as tourist - visa application documents required

  • Fully complete the online application form, and submit your signed summary application form, photographs and fee.
  • In addition to the signed summary application form, please also submit a signed letter of application
  1. outlining your reason for wishing to visit Ireland,
  2. giving details of any members of your family who are currently in Ireland, or any other EU State.
  3. stating how long you plan to stay,
  4. undertaking that you will observe the conditions of your visa, that you will not become a burden on the State, and that you will leave the State on the expiry of your permission to remain.
  • Passport, valid for 6 months after your intended date of departure from the State, and copy of previous passport if applicable.
    If visiting another State prior to travelling to Ireland, the relevant visa for that State must be obtained and in your passport before applying for an Irish visa
  • If you have been refused a visa for any other country, details of this must be given. Submit the original letter issued to you by the authorities of that country. Concealment of visa refusals will result in your Irish visa application being refused.
  • If you are resident in a country other than your country of origin, evidence of your permission to reside in that country. This permission should be valid for at least 3 months after your intended departure from Ireland.
  • Where a child under the age of eighteen is travelling alone, the consent of both parents/guardians is required. If the child is travelling with one parent, the consent of the other parent is required. This signed parental consent must be accompanied by a copy of the consenting parent's passport or national identity card showing the bearer's signature.
  • Where only one parent has total custody, a Court Order bestowing sole custody of this child must be shown.

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Accommodation and funds

  • If you intend staying in hotel, hostel or guesthouse accommodation, confirmation of your accommodation booking must be submitted.
  • A detailed statement of your bank account covering a six-month period immediately prior to your visa application, and showing sufficient funds to cover your costs.
  • Evidence of insurance cover will help us decide your application. If we grant you a visit you should show proof of medical/travel insurance when you arrive at the port of entry.



Evidence of your obligations to return to your country of permanent residence

  • If you are employed, a letter from your employer stating how long you have been employed there, the dates you will be on annual leave from, the date you will be returning to work in that employment, and your three most recent payslips.
  • If you are a student, a letter from your college stating the course you are studying, how many years you have been a student there, how many years/terms you have left at that college, and that you will be returning there following your visit to Ireland.
  • Details of any family members living in your country of permanent residence. If you are married or have children under age eighteen, and your spouse or children are remaining at home, you should submit your marriage certificate and birth certificates for the children.

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Please keep copies of all documents submitted with your application. Original documents such as marriage/birth certificates will be returned to you. However, bank statements, letters of invitation etc will not be returned.
If there are specific documents that you wish to have returned to you, please submit a list of these with your application.

All letters submitted should be on official company headed paper and give full contact details for verification purposes. These must include a full postal address, name of contact, position in company, telephone number (landline) and email address where relevant. (Email addresses such as Yahoo or Hotmail are not accepted). Website address should also be included, if available.

All of the above documents must be submitted with your application

All documentation must be in English or accompanied by a notarised translation

The provision of all the documentation listed in no way guarantees that a visa will be granted

Please do not purchase travel tickets prior to a decision being made on the visa application.á Doing so may lead to unnecessary additional costs in circumstances where a visa is not granted.

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Visit by Family Member of Irish Citizen - visa application documents required

  • Fully complete the online application form, and submit your signed summary application form, photographs and fee.
  • In addition to the signed summary application form, please also submit a signed letter of application
  1. outlining your reason for coming to Ireland,
  2. giving details of any members of your family who are currently in Ireland, or any other EU State.
  • Passport, valid for 12 months, and copy of previous passport if applicable.
  • If you have been refused a visa for any other country, details of this must be given. Submit the original letter issued to you by the authorities of that country. Concealment of visa refusals will result in your Irish visa application being refused.
  • A detailed statement of your bank account covering a six-month period immediately prior to your visa application, and showing sufficient funds to cover your costs.
  • Clear copy of spouse’s passport, or other documentary evidence attesting to spouse's Irish citizenship, showing evidence of residency in country you are moving from
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Evidence that you will be accompanying your Irish spouse – e.g. return airline/ferry tickets in both names

If your Irish spouse is residing in Ireland, and you have not resided together since your marriage, you MUST also submit the following:

  • A full account of relationship history – when and where you met, evidence of this such as visas, entry/exit stamps on the passport of your Irish spouse. Please note that for Immigration purposes it is not sufficient for a relationship to have developed solely over the internet or by telephone/sms. A relationship must include a number face to face meetings (excluding webcam) between the parties. You must satisfy the visa officer that the relationship is bona-fide.
  • Evidence of how you/your spouse will be supported financially – P60, payslips, bank statement for 6 months prior to application.
  • Evidence of insurance cover will help us decide your application. If we grant you a visit you should show proof of medical/travel insurance when you arrive at the port of entry.


If you have children (under 18 years) who do not hold Irish passports, and therefore require a visa, a separate application must be submitted, along with a birth certificate, for each child.

If you wish a child (under 18 years) from a previous marriage or relationship to travel with you, a Court Order bestowing sole custody of this child must be shown.

Where the other parent of this child has some custody or access rights, a sworn affidavit by this parent consenting to the child being removed from their home country is required. This signed parental consent must be accompanied by a copy of the consenting parent's passport or national identity card showing the bearer's signature.

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Please keep copies of all documents submitted with your application. Original documents such as marriage/birth certificates will be returned to you. However, bank statements, letters of invitation etc will not be returned.
If there are specific documents that you wish to have returned to you, please submit a list of these with your application.

All letters submitted should be on official company headed paper and give full contact details for verification purposes. These must include a full postal address, name of contact, position in company, telephone number (landline) and email address where relevant. (Email addresses such as Yahoo or Hotmail are not accepted). Website address should also be included, if available.

All of the above documents must be submitted with your application

All documentation must be in English or accompanied by a notarised translation

The provision of all the documentation listed in no way guarantees that a visa will be granted

Please do not purchase travel tickets prior to a decision being made on the visa application.á Doing so may lead to unnecessary additional costs in circumstances where a visa is not granted.

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Accompany / join EU citizen under Directive 2004/38/EC on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move to and reside freely within the territory of the Member States

Directive 2004/38 /ECáá(transposed into Irish lawáby European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2006 and 2008) applies only to EU citizens who move to or reside in a Member State other than that of which they are a national, and to their family members who accompany or join them. References to EU citizens include EEA citizens.

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If you are a non-EEA national and wish to accompany or join an EU citizen family member who is moving to or residing in Ireland please read the following information carefully. You may also wish to refer to the Processing guidelines prepared for visa officers in relation to applications made on the basis of the Directiveáwhich are availableáhere.  This document is a pdfá

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Basis of visa applicationá

If you wish to have your visa application considered under the Directive on the basis that you are a family member of an EU citizen exercising or planning to exercise free movement rights you must state this clearly on your application. If you state that you wish to have your application considered on the basis of the Directive rather thanáááunder national law, and your application is refused, you will be offered the opportunity to apply under national law but the normal fee will apply.

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Type of visa

In the event that you decide to have your visa application considered on the basis of the Directive and it is approvedáyou will be issued with a single journey short-stay C visa which will permit you to enter and reside in the State for up to 3 months. In the event that you wish to remain in the State for more than 3 months as a family member of an EU citizen exercising their free movement rights, you must apply (when in the State) for a Residence Card of a family member of a Union citizen.á

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Holders of document called "Residence card of a family member of a Union citizen"

Family members of an EU citizen who are holders of a document called "Residence card of a family member of a Union citizen" as referred to in Articles 5 (2) and 10 (1) of Directive 2004/38/EC are not subject to an Irish visa requirement.

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Please be advised that the Visa Offices /Irish Missions are not in a position to provide guidance or advice as to whether a particular card or document held is sufficient to exempt the person concerned from the visa requirement.ááIt is however, open to the person concerned to contact the appropriate issuing authority of the relevant Member State for guidance or advice as to whether the card or document comes within the definition of the Directive, as implemented by that particular Member State.

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In circumstances where a person is in anyway uncertain as to whether or not they are exempt from a visa requirement, then it remains open to the person to apply for a visa.ááSuch an application from a family member of an EU Citizen will be dealt with in an accelerated fashion. Whether or not a visa should be applied for is a matter of choice for the person themselves.

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Making a visa application on the basis of the Directive

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If you wish to make a visa application and have it considered under the Directive you should:

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  • fully complete the online application form,
  • submit your signed summary application form, photographs and fee (where applicable), and
  • submit supporting documentary evidence to prove

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  • there is an EU citizen from whom you derive rights under the Directive,
  • the existence of the required family relationship to that EU citizen (or his/her spouse or civil partner*),
  • where relevant, dependency or membership of the household,
  • that you will be accompanying or joining an EU citizen who is exercising free movement rights in Ireland or will be exercising those rights at the time of your arrival in Ireland.

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*Refers to theápartner of an EU citizen who has contracted a registered partnership, or is a party to a class of legal relationship specified in an order under section 5 of theáCivil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010áas entitled to be recognized as a civil partnership.á

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Documentary evidence requested to support your application

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Spouse/Civil Partner of EU citizen or Child (under 21 years of age) of EU citizen / spouse/civil partner

  • Your passport
  • Copy of the bio page of your EU citizen spouse’s/civil partner’s/parent’s passport or national identity card
  • Marriage certificate/ácivil partnership certificateá– evidence (apostilled document) that marriage / civil partnership has been registered in applicant’s country of origin/residence
  • Birth certificate (long form) for children under 21 years, parental consent where appropriate, national identity card (signed if required)
  • Evidence that you are accompanying or joiningáyour EU citizen spouse/civil partner/parentáwho is exercising free movement rights in Ireland or will be exercising those rights at the time of your arrival in Ireland - proof that the EU citizen already resides in Ireland (e.g. a utility bill, hotel reservation or receipts etc.) or that the EU citizen will travel to Ireland (e.g. travel itinerary, acceptance of offer of employment etc.)

Partner of EU citizen *

*Refers to a long-term relationship with an EU citizen that has existed for at least 2 yearsá

  • Your Passport

  • Copy of the bio page of your EU citizen partner’s passport or national identity card

  • Documentary evidence that will attest to the existence, duration and durability ofátheárelationship e.g. the registration certificate (if it is a registered partnership), evidence of common ownership of property, joint tenancy of property, on-going correspondence addressed to both partners at the same address, financial dependence/interdependence, joint bank accounts or any other relevantádocumentation
  • Evidence that you are accompanying or joiningáyour EU citizen partneráwho is exercising free movement rights in Ireland or will be exercising those rights at the time of your arrival in Ireland - proof that the EU citizen already resides in Ireland (e.g. a utility bill, hotel reservation or receipts etc.) or that the EU citizen will travel to Ireland (e.g. travel itinerary, acceptance of offer of employment etc.)

NOTE:áThe onus is on the applicant to satisfy the Visa Officer of the bona fides of the partnership.

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Other family members of EU Citizen including their parents, parents in-laws and dependent children aged 21 years or more

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Any family member of an EU Citizen who is:

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a dependent of the EU Citizen or an eligible dependant of the spouse/civil partner of the EU Citizen

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a member of the household of the EU Citizen or a person requiring the personal care of the EU Citizen, on the basis of serious health grounds may have their application for a visa considered on submission of the following documentation:

  • Passportáof the applicant
  • Copy of the bio page of the EU citizen’s passport or national identity card (and spouse’s / civil partner’s where relevant)
  • Evidence of their relationship to the EU Citizená/ spouse /civil partner e.g. birth certificates, marriage certificates to show the relationship
  • Evidence of their dependency on the EU Citizen /spouse /civil partner, where applicableáá(e.g.ádocumentary evidence of receipt of financial support from the EU citizen /spouse/civil partner, documentary evidence of household outgoings, documentary evidence of the applicant’s own means (e.g. bank statements, pay slips) or if none documentary evidence that the applicant is unemployed, has no access to private means or state supports),ádocumentary evidence from the relevant authority of the country of origin from which the applicant will arrive certifying that they are a dependent of the Union Citizen,á
  • Evidence that they are a member of the household of the EU Citizen, where applicableá(e.g.ádocumentary evidence from the relevant authority of the country of origin from which the applicant will arrive, certifying that they are a member of the household of the Union Citizen)
  • Evidence that the applicant requires the personal care of the EU Citizen on serious healthágrounds, where applicable
  • Evidence that the family member is accompanying or joiningáthe EU citizen / spouse/civil partneráwho is exercising free movement rights in Ireland or will be exercising those rights at the time of the family member’s arrival in Ireland - proof that the EU citizen already resides in Ireland (e.g. a utility bill, hotel reservation or receipts etc.) or that the EU citizen will travel to Ireland (e.g. travel itinerary, acceptance of offer of employment etc.)

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IMPORTANT NOTES

  • The bearer of the visa must present to an Immigration Official at an approved port of entry. Please note that a visa only grants the bearer permission to present at an approved port of entry into the State. áThe decision to allow entry to the State is at the discretion of the Immigration Officer and moreoveráthe visa itself does not imply any entitlements whatsoever as to residency in the State.á

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  • If you are granted a C visa on the basis of the Directive and are joiningáan EU citizen who is exercising free movement rights in the State please be advised that you should ensure that you have proof of the EU citizen’s residence in the State for production on request to the Immigration Official at the port of entry.

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  • It is important that you keep copies of all documents submitted with your application. Original documents such as marriage/birth certificates will be returned to you. However, bank statements, letters of invitation etc. will not be returned. If there are specific documents that you wish to have returned to you, please submit a list of these with your application.

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  • All letters submitted should be on official company headed paper and give full contact details for verification purposes. These must include a full postal address, name of contact, position in company, telephone number (landline) and email address where relevant. (Email addresses such as Yahoo or Hotmail are not accepted). Website address should also be included, if available.

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  • All documentation submitted must be in English or accompanied by a notarised translation.

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  • The provision of all the documentation listed in no way guarantees that a visa will be granted

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