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De Facto Relationships with an Irish National or Irish Resident

New Preclearance process to be introduced to help Non-EEA de facto partners of Irish citizens live and work in Ireland.

  • Under the new process, de facto partners of Irish citizens will be allowed to apply for their permission to reside in the country before they travel to Ireland.

  • Under the previous system, the application process for de facto partners could only begin upon their arrival in the State and may have taken up to a year to complete.  Now, once preclearance has been granted, applicants can arrive and register with the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) immediately.  They will then have access to the labour market straight away. To find out more read here.