Written answers

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Department of Justice and Equality

Residency Permits

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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119. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the appropriate procedure to be adopted by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44109/19]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois, Fine Gael)
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I can advise the Deputy that all non-EEA nationals need immigration permission to remain in the State. A person in a long-term relationship with an Irish citizen may be eligible to apply for De Facto Partnership permission to remain in the State.

In order to apply for De Facto Partnership immigration permission a non EEA national (the Applicant) who wishes to remain the State and is in a relationship with an Irish National or an Irish Resident (the Sponsor) must be in a position to provide documentary  evidence of a durable relationship, akin to marriage, with evidence of cohabitation of at least two years on the date of application. 

De Facto Partnership applications will only be accepted from individuals who have a valid permission to be in the State and are present in the State at the time of applying. However such applications are not accepted from persons who are in the State on foot of a short-stay visa or from those who are unlawfully in the State at the time of applying.  If the applicant is a visa required national they must apply for and be granted an Irish D Join Partner visa for entry into the State.

Applicants must remain in the State for the duration of their application. There is no fee for De Facto Partnership applications. The processing time currently stands at 6-9 months.

Further information on applying for De Facto Partnership permission, including an application form, can be found on the Immigration Service website:


If the person concerned wishes to make a De Facto Partnership application they must apply in writing to  - De Facto Partnerships, Residence Division - Unit 5, Immigration Service, PO Box 12695, Dublin 2.

A person wishing to join a spouse or other family member in Ireland should also refer to the Family Reunification Policy Document which is also available from the above webpage.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the Immigration Service of my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from the Immigration Service is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.


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