Immigration as the spouse of Irish citizen via 'Join Family' visa
Earlier today I had the pleasure of speaking with an Irish citizen living in Ireland who is marrying a non-EEA citizen later this year. They have given notice of their intention to marry to the relevant authorities in Ireland, and will follow the process involved with that in the coming months i.e. entry of the non-EEA citizen to Ireland, interview prior to marriage, etc.
The official policy on this type of immigration route states that after marriage the non-EEA citizen must leave the country, and then apply for a 'Join Family' visa, which takes anywhere up to approx 6 months to process. Once that's approved, the non-EEA citizen can enter Ireland, and go about applying for permission to remain (most likely in the form of Stamp 4).
I'm starting this topic for us to share whatever we can about this process. If you've been through it, please add your perspective to the thread, so that others can benefit from your experience. If you too are going down this route, please let us know, or at least subscribe to the topic for updates as their posted.
- Official Join Family Visa INIS page http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Join%20Family
- Current processing times: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Current_Processing_Times
I am from N.Ireland (Irish/UK/US citizenship). I have been living in the US for 11 years. I am married to a US citizen and we have a 3 year old daughter (Irish/US).
I will be running a company in Belfast and Dublin, we will probably live in N.Ireland close to the border. My US husband will probably work in Dublin. My daughter and I are already in NI. My husband is planning on joining us soon. Can he fly into Dublin, go to INIS or Grada station upon arrival and get a stamp 4 (or a stamp 1 since his professions is on the needed skills list), but most importantly can we use our NI address to apply for the Stamp in ROI?
@lauraliv Hi Laura,
Stamp 4 gives you the ability to live and work in the ROI. I'm not too sure a person living in NI would qualify. You may need to apply in NI. I haven't come across this situation before, and being no expert, can't really comment. Have you tried contacting the relevant visa folk in both ROI and NI? They should be able to answer this for. Let us know what you find out please.