- What is the Irish marriage visa?
- What are the eligibility requirements for the Irish marriage visa application?
- What is the application process for the marriage visa?
- What are the supporting documents needed for the Irish marriage visa?
- What is needed to prove the relationship is genuine?
- What are the cost and processing times of the Ireland marriage visa?
- How Can Total Law Help?
- Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Irish marriage visa?
The Marriage Visa permits Canadian citizens and other foreign citizens who are partners of an Irish citizen or permanent resident to enter Ireland to get married or enter into a civil partnership. The marriage visa is absolutely open to same-sex marriages who can obtain a civil partnership certificate.
This Irish visa is considered a short stay ‘C’ Visa, which means that the visa holder is permitted to only stay in Ireland for a limited period of time. If you need to stay longer, you may obtain permission to remain through another visa like the Spouse visa, work or other Long Stay D visa or stamp.
What are the eligibility requirements for the Irish marriage visa application?
To make a visa application to join your partner in Ireland for marriage or to obtain a civil partnership certificate, you must ensure you reach the following eligibility criteria:
- You must hold an original passport that is valid for at least six months after your proposed leave date from Ireland
- Personal or financial information for yourself and your family members while in Ireland
- Provide evidence of the relationship history between you and your partner
What is the application process for the marriage visa?
The first step of making an application for a marriage visa is obtaining permission from the Registrar to confirm the relationship. After getting that confirmation, you are permitted to begin the application process for the Marriage Visa.
You will then need to apply online and complete an online application form. After you submit the online form, you will get a summary application form, which must be printed and signed. There will be a detailed list of the required documentation that you need to submit, and then be asked to pay the application fee.
Once you have completed all these steps, you can submit your application to the visa application office. When you do that, you will receive a Visa Application Tracking reference Number which you can use to track your application.
Upon landing in Ireland, you must report to Irish border control and show your passport, visa and acknowledgement from the Registrar of Civil Marriages to the immigration officer.
A border control immigration officer will consider your documents and information, and if they are satisfied, you will be granted official permission to enter. If immigration officials have any suspicions about your application or the information you provide, it is possible you could be refused entry into Ireland.
What are the supporting documents needed for the Irish marriage visa?
Whilst the specific required documents may differ somewhat depending on your individual circumstances, there are several documents that are required.
The required following documents required are:
- Valid passport
- Signed and dated application summary sheet
- A signed letter highlighting:
- Your reasons for travelling to Ireland
- How long you intend to stay
- Who you plan to stay with
- Financial information on how you will fund the trip
- You will also need to confirm your commitment to the conditions of the visa and that you won’t be a financial burden on Ireland as you won’t be able to access public funds
- Two-color passport-size photographs
- Bank statements
- Evidence of your relationship history and intention to get married or enter into a civil partnership
- Documents that show you’ll return to your home country of Canada.
- This evidence needs to be sufficient to demonstrate strong family, social or economic ties to Canada.
- If you are employed, you will need to provide your three most recent payslips, a letter from your employer on how long you have been employed at the company, the dates which you were absent from the company, and the proposed date of your return to work.
- If you are a student, you will need to provide a letter from your college explaining the course(s) you are studying, how many years you have been a student at the college and the time of years/terms you have remaining at the college.
The documents must be submitted in their original form and in English or Irish, and if they are not, need to be translated by an official, accredited translator.
What is needed to prove the relationship is genuine?
It is important to show you and your partner’s genuine relationship as part of the application. This will be looked heavily on by the immigration officer.
Information documents included are:
- Evidence of an in-person relationship between you and your partner, such as travel documents that show you and your partner have travelled to visit each other a number of times. If your relationship was formed solely over the internet or through text messages, such circumstances would not be considered.
- Acknowledgment from the Registrar confirming the intended date of marriage in Ireland.
- Marriage Registration Form with proposed date or marriage.
- Civil Partnership Registration Form.
- Up-to-date bank statements, with money going out and coming into your account over the past six months. (This applies regardless of whether you are funding your expenses or if someone else is).
- Evidence of your intention to marry/enter into a civil partnership.
In the case that your or your partner was previously married or in a civil partnership, you must also provide their:
- Marriage/civil partnership certificate.
- Divorce/dissolution of the civil partnership certificate.
If somebody else is funding your expenses in Ireland and will bear complete financial responsibility, you will need to show your relationship to this person. The information needed is:
- Your name, address, account number and type of account must be visible on statements.
- Bank statements on official headed paper.
- If providing a bank statement from a savings account, you must include a letter from the bank institution explaining how much you can withdraw from the account.
What are the cost and processing times of the Ireland marriage visa?
The visa application fee is €60 (81.41 Canadian Dollars) if you are getting a single entry visa or €100 (135.68 Canadian Dollars) if you are applying for a multi-entry visa.
While the majority of applications are processed within eight weeks, the processing time does vary.
Upon approval, you will be able to start preparing for your trip and upcoming marriage in Ireland. The Marriage Visa is a short stay ‘C’ Visa, which means you will be able to stay in Ireland for 90 days. After that, you will have to leave Ireland.
Entering into a marriage is one of the biggest decisions in anyone’s life! Wanting to leave Canada to enter Ireland to be with your loved one can be a complicated process – which is where to come in!
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The marriage visa is a short stay ‘C’ visa meaning that despite getting married, you cannot stay in Ireland for longer than 90 days.
However, it is possible to stay in Ireland and apply for the long-stay ‘D’ Join Family Member Visa.
If you have lived lawfully in Ireland for a specific period of time, it’s possible to become an Irish citizen through this route. Typically, any time spent in Ireland under the marriage visa will not usually be counted as reckonable residence towards citizenship in Ireland.
If you want to become a citizen, you will need to meet the following requirements:
You must have been in a relationship with the Irish citizen for at least three years.
You will have to have lived in Ireland for 1 year of continuous reckonable residence and a total of three of the five years immediately prior to the application.
You must be able to demonstrate good character and intend to continue living in Ireland for the foreseeable future.
You may not travel to Northern Ireland using a marriage visa issued by the Republic of Ireland due to the different countries. Northern Ireland is in the United Kingdom. That means that if you are interested in visiting Northern Ireland, you will need a visa issued by the United Kingdom.