Important Notice: Launch of Preclearance scheme for De Facto Partners of Critical Skills Work Permit (CSEP) Holders or of Non EEA Researchers on a Hosting Agreement

As of 01/04/2019 a new Preclearance scheme for De Facto Partners of Critical Skills Work Permit (CSEP) Holders or of Non EEA Researchers on a Hosting Agreement has come into force. This is a preclearance procedure to facilitate and streamline entry to the State for De Facto Partners of Critical Skills Work Permit (CSEP) Holders or of Non EEA Researchers on a Hosting Agreement. The preclearance scheme covers both non-visa required and visa required nationals. Before travelling to the State to join their De Facto partner on a CSEP or Hosting Agreement, persons will need to apply for an approval letter from the Preclearance Section in Visa Division.

Under the new scheme, non-visa required nationals intending to travel to Ireland for longer than 90 days to join their De Facto Partner on a CSEP or Hosting Agreement, must be able to present a ‘Preclearance Letter of Approval’ to an Immigration Officer when they arrive at the port of entry, otherwise they will not be permitted entry to the State.

Persons, who are citizens of visa-required countries, will also need to apply for and receive a Join Family – De Facto Partner visa before travelling to the State.

Persons granted approval under the De Facto Partnership Immigration Permission scheme are entitled to be joined in the State by their dependent children subject to normal immigration checks and visa requirements.

Further information on the operation of the new scheme can be found on the INIS website www.inis.gov.ie

For any queries you may have in relation to the new scheme please email, email preclearance@justice.ie

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Published:1 April 2019

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