- What is the civil partner visa?
- Do British citizens require a partner visa application?
- What are the eligibility requirements for the visa application process?
- What are the/Civil Partner Visa Application Sponsorship requirements?
- What is the application process for the civil partnership visa?
- What are the required documents to include in the visa application?
- What happens after the visa is approved?
- Register with immigration
- How Can Total Law Help?
- Frequently Asked Questions
What is the civil partner visa?
The civil partner visa is an immigration pathway open to proposed civil partners and civil partners of Irish nationals from non-EEA visa-required countries.
A civil union is a legally recognized arrangement akin to marriage for same-sex couples. Please note that only couples who entered into a civil partnership before 16 May 2016 will be recognized as civil partners in Ireland and can therefore use this route.
If you entered into a civil partnership after the above date, you should apply for a spouse visa or de facto partner visa instead.
The civil partner visas fall under the long stay ‘D’ visas to join family members. With the visa, the holder is permitted to live and work in Ireland without requiring an employment permit.
Do British citizens require a civil partner visa application?
Any British citizen can move to Ireland to join their civil partner without a visa due to the long-withstanding agreement between the UK government and Irish government, which permits citizens to freely work, live, study and reside without immigration obstruction. It is known as the “Common Travel Area.”
The same privileges are enjoyed by Irish citizens who also do not require UK visas to live, work or study in the UK.
If you permanently and legally reside in the UK but are not a British citizen, however, you will require a visa valid in Ireland to reunite with your partner. If you’re from an EEA country or an Irish non-visa-required country, you can travel to meet your partner without applying for a visa. You only need to provide evidence of your relationship with your spouse or civil partner at the port of entry.
What are the eligibility requirements for the civil partner visa application process?
As this type depends on the personal circumstances between you and your partner. The basic and general requirements that all applicants must meet are:
- You must be up to 18 years.
- You and your partner must have met face-to-face at least a couple of times. The relationship can not solely exist over the internet or telephone.
- You must hold a recognizable marriage or civil partnership certificate
- You and your civil partner or spouse must provide evidence that your relationship is genuine
- You both must commit to living together as civil partners or husband and wife permanently
What are the/Civil Partner Visa Application Sponsorship requirements?
Your civil partner must be residing in Ireland to sponsor your application. However, to be eligible, they must be a:
- An Irish citizen who resides in Ireland or has the intention to reside in Ireland
- Foreign nationals and legal residents with an Irish Employment Permit
- Foreign nationals and legal residents with Stamp 4 permission. This also includes long term residents
- Foreign nationals and legal residents with Stamp 5 permission.
- D. students studying an accredited doctorate course in Ireland
- Ministers of religion with Stamp 3 permission
- Researchers under hosting agreement or with a Critical Skills Employment Permit
What is the application process for the civil partnership visa?
Your application must be submitted in writing to Immigration Service Delivery. You must complete the “Civil Partner of an Irish National application form” and submit it by registered post, with all the required original documentation to the following address:
- Spouse of Irish National Unit
- Residence Division – Unit 6
- Immigration Service Delivery
- PO Box 12695
- Dublin 2
What are the required documents to include in the visa application?
All of the following documents must accompany your application form:
- Completed Application Form, signed and dated (by you and Irish National)
- Your original marriage/civil partnership certificate
- Your original passport(s) and birth certificate
- Your Irish spouse’s/civil partner’s original passport and birth certificate (Passport Cards are not acceptable)
- Divorce papers from the applicant and/or spouse (if applicable)
- Bank Statements for the previous 6 months for the Irish National
- Bank Statements for the previous 6 months for the non-EEA national
- Evidence of Private Medical Insurance
- Evidence of joint accommodation such as rent book, joint tenancy/lease agreement, mortgage payments, proof of homeownership
- Evidence of address in your name and your civil partners such as recent utility bills (for example – gas, electricity, water, television license, letters from children’s schools (if applicable).
All original documents will be returned following the application, and copies will be retained on file. Incomplete application forms will not be processed and will be returned to you. All documentation provided with incomplete applications will be returned. All documents must be provided in either English or Irish. If they are not, they must be translated by an accredited translator before submission.
What happens after the visa is approved?
Per the Irish immigration rules, all citizens of non-EEA countries must go through border control at the point of entry upon arrival in Ireland.
At border control, an immigration officer will look through the travelling civil partner’s documents. The immigration officer will then decide if they are permitted to enter Ireland. You should tell the immigration officer that you plan to apply for updated immigration status or residency in Ireland based on your relationship with the Irish citizen
At border control, you will be asked for the following documents at a minimum:
- Valid passport
- D Visa (if they are from a visa-required country)
- Marriage or civil partnership certificate
If you are granted entry clearance to enter Ireland, the immigration officer will place a landing stamp on your passport. The landing stamp gives you permission to stay in Ireland up to the date indicated or for a maximum of 3 months.
Register with immigration
You must be in Ireland before you can register with immigration authorities and apply for residency permission. This is an important step as this residency permission allows your non-EEA spouse or civil partner to live with you in Ireland.
You must register with the immigration authorities within 90 days of your arrival in Ireland or within the time specified on the landing stamp (which may be for less than 90 days) provided at border control.
Depending on where in Ireland you are living, there are different places you can go to register. You and your spouse or partner need to provide the following to register with immigration and apply for residency:
- Your original marriage or civil partnership certificate
- Your original passport
- Your spouse’s or civil partner’s original passport
- Evidence of your joint address in Ireland
- Registration fee of €300
- At the appointment, you will have their fingerprints and photo taken.
Should the appointment go well, the Registration Officer will put a “Stamp 4” in your passport. You then have permission to live and work in Ireland for the length of time stated on the stamp.
You will be given a registration certificate called an Irish Residence Permit (IRP). This is a credit-card-sized plastic card that displays basic information about the cardholder.
Your visa Stamp 4 permission will be valid for 3 years. In order to stay in Ireland, you will need to renew this immigration status prior to its expiry.
How Can Total Law Help?
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A civil partnership is a legal relationship entered into by a couple that is registered and grants them similar legal rights to married couples. Civil partnerships are different from marriages as they’ve not formed by vows, instead, they’re formed by signing the civil partnership document.
You must inform the Garda National Immigration Bureau Registration office where you applied if you separate from your spouse/civil partner within 7 days of the separation. You will also need to contact the Spouse of the Irish National Unit detailing the circumstances surrounding your separation, at least 3 months before your immigration permission expires. You can maintain your immigration permission after a separation only if you’ve been in the marriage or civil partnership for at least 3 years and resident in Ireland for the last 2 years before separation. If it’s less, you may have to leave the country. Your ex-civil partner will be unable to sponsor any other spouse or civil partner for 7 years after the date of your spousal permission.