Register to join your Irish family member

To join your Irish family member 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IMPORTANT: From 11 December 2017 the previous registration certificate (GNIB card) has been replaced by the new Irish Residence Permit (IRP).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 based on policy document on non-EEA family reunification

The 'Policy document on non-EEA family reunification' explains how your application to stay in Ireland may be decided.

To learn more, download and read the Policy document on non-EEA family reunification (PDF).

Note: If you are an Irish citizen and you are planning to bring an adopted child (who is a non-Irish, non-EU/EEA and non-Swiss citizen) into Ireland, apply for an Immigration Clearance Letter.

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 Residence Division Unit 2 or Unit 5 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

If you are aged 23 or older

Residence Division (Unit 5)

If you are aged under 23
Residence Division (Unit 5)



Contact & help

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

Updated: 28 February 2019

Page history

28 February 2019

Help and Information email address updated.

18 December 2017

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

5 September 2016

Page Published.