Register to join your long term, de facto partner

To join your long term, de facto partner in Ireland for longer than 90 days, you must first apply for immigration permission.

If your application is successful, you will then be sent a letter with information about your permission including how to register with immigration.

IMPORTANT: From 11 December 2017 the previous registration certificate (GNIB card) has been replaced by the new Irish Residence Permit (IRP).

Immigration permission

Apply for De Facto Partnership Immigration Permission

'De Facto Partnership Immigration Permission' is an immigration status that allows you to stay with your long term partner in Ireland.

A de facto relationship means you and your partner are both committed to a shared life together to the exclusion of all others, ie as if you were married.

When applying, you will need to provide proof of your relationship and meet several other conditions.

Read a longer description of this permission and how to apply.

Applications may take 12 months to process.

Successful application

If your application for immigration permission is successful, you will be sent a letter that includes information about the permission granted to you and what to do next.

This includes how to register with immigration.

If you applied but have not received a response or a letter, contact the De Facto Relationship Unit for an update.

Immigration registration

Before travelling to Ireland, check if you need a visa.

If you are granted permission to enter Ireland, an immigration officer at border control will stamp your passport and then add a date to the stamp.

You must visit a registration office in person before this date to:

  • Extend your immigration permission, ie for longer than 90 days
  • Register your details

If you don't register in time, you may have to leave the country.

Consult your letter for detailed information about how to register or read a summary of the registration process.

Help & information

Residence Division (Units 5 and 6)
De Facto Relationship Unit
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
Department of Justice and Equality
PO Box 12695
Dublin 2
D02 XK70



Contact & help

If you have questions, check the support centre for help.

Updated: 18 December 2017

Page history

18 December 2017

Descriptions updated to reflect change from 'GNIB card' to Irish Residence Permit (IRP).

5 September 2016

Page published.