Important Notice: Update to the INIS Non-EEA Family Reunification Policy Document

Revised immigration arrangements for the Spouses and De Facto Partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit Holders

Changes affecting non-EEA national spouses and de facto partners of persons who have permission to reside in Ireland on the basis of a Critical Skills Employment Permit (CSEP) take effect from today 6 March, 2019.

Non-EEA Researchers on a Hosting Agreement

The policy change outlined in this document also applies to the partners and spouses of Researchers in the State on Hosting Agreements.

 

Prior to this change, spouses and de facto partners of CSEP holders were granted permission to reside in this State on Stamp 3 conditions.Where they also wanted to access the labour market, they needed to apply for a Dependant/Partner/Spouse Employment Permit (DPSEP) to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI).

The requirement to obtain a DPSEP has now been removed by DBEI. INIS will grant eligible spouses and de facto partners of CSEP holders permission to reside in this State on Stamp 1G Conditions without the need to obtain a DPSEP from DBEI. This means that eligible spouses and de facto partners of CSEP may access the labour market when they receive a Stamp 1G, and do not need to obtain a DPSEP.

In addition, it is open to spouses and de facto partners of CSEP holders who are currently resident in Ireland on Stamp 3 conditions to attend their local immigration office to obtain a permission to reside on Stamp 1G conditions without the need for a DPSEP from DBEI.

You will need to attend your local Registration Office to register your new permission and receive a new Irish Residence Permit. If you live in Dublin City or County Dublin you will need to attend Burgh Quay Registration Office, you must make an appointment to register in Burgh Quay using the online appointment system.

If you live anywhere in Ireland except for Dublin City or County Dublin you must register at the Garda Registration Office in your local area. You can find a list of Garda Registration Offices on the INIS website.

On 1 April 2019, a new preclearance policy will be introduced for the non-EEA de facto partners of CSEP holders. Both visa and non-visa required nationals will be required to seek permission to reside in this State as the family member of a CSEP holder prior to their arrival in the State. The new procedure will reduce processing times and provide clarity for these family members. Eligible de facto partners will be granted residence on Stamp 1 conditions without the need to obtain a DPSEP from DBEI.

 

Note: Please read the Frequently Asked Questions document before contacting INIS with queries.

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Published: 6 March 2019

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