Child Dependent Visa

A child Dependent Visa is a type of Long Term D (join family) Irish Visa that allows citizens and Irish residents to bring their children to Ireland.

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    What is the Long Term 'D' Child Dependent Visa?

    A child dependent visa is a type of long-term ‘D’ visa that allows child/children of Irish citizens or residents to be able to move to Ireland as a ‘dependent’ of the parent/legal guardian who is living in the State already or who plans on moving to Ireland. This visa allows children of Irish citizens to reside in Ireland for more than 90 days.

    Usually, your child must be under the age of 18, and in some cases, dependents under 23-year may also apply to join, but they must be in full-time education. However, the parents of the dependent can be either an Irish citizen, an EEA national, or a non-EEA national who is residing in Ireland on other visa types.

    Applying for a child-dependent visa for your child/children involves the submission and verification of different documents. These documents are to verify your guardianship over the child and prove that you can take care of their financial needs in Ireland.

    During the immigration process, the parent or legal guardian intending to bring his/her child to Ireland is known as the sponsor, and the child is classed as a dependent. The sponsor is required to provide evidence that shows his/her relationship with the child and proof that the child is dependent on them.

    For instance, the sponsor must provide evidence of frequent correspondence or visits to the child, financial documents showing mortgage or rent, medical support, utility costs, and food and education payment plans when the child travels to live in Ireland. However, the application process varies based on individual circumstances, the relationship of the sponsor to the child, and the legal residency rights of the sponsor in Ireland.

    For instance, it is easier for Irish citizens to undergo immediate Family Reunification with their child/children than non-EEA applicants under an immigration category in Ireland.

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    Supporting Documentation for Child Dependent Visa

    There are certain documents sponsors need to submit for verification when applying for a child-dependent visa. These documents serve as evidence to satisfy the Irish immigration and visa officer, and if these documents are not submitted or you failed to satisfy the Irish immigration office with their demands, your visa application might be refused. However, you will need to provide the following documents:

    • Passport copies of yourself and your child
    • A signed letter detailing yourself and your child’s reasons for coming to Ireland
    • Proof of your familial relationship with the child, with documents of the ‘genuine relationship test result
    • Financial proofs
    • Copies of the child’s birth certificate or adoption order
    • Medical/travel insurance
    • Police clearance

    However, a letter of consent must be written by the child’s natal or adopted parents or their legal guardians that the child is traveling alone or with someone who is not their legal parent or guardian, and this letter must accompany their journey. Also, the letter of consent must come with copies of the guardian’s passports or national identity cards.

    Similarly, if your child is traveling to meet one parent or legal guardian in Ireland, the consented letter must also come from the other parent/legal guardian too. In the same vein, you will need to get a court order before bringing your child to settle in Ireland if you are separated from your child’s other parent, which implies that you will need to gain full and sole custody of the child. However, If the other parent has custody or access rights, then the parent has to submit a sworn affidavit which must be submitted in order to approve that you are taking their child away from their home country.

    Financial Requirements Needed to Bring an Under 18 Dependent into Ireland

    There are strict financial requirements you need to meet as the Irish government and immigration service take family reunification very seriously, ensuring that there is a balance of interests for both you and your child. The financial requirements are one of the most important aspects of this visa, however, you will still have to meet other requirements as stated by the immigration office.

    If you are an Irish citizen or Irish citizen with a residence permit and you are planning to sponsor your dependent child to Ireland, the main financial requirement you need to meet is that you must not have relied on benefits from the Irish State for a long period of at least two years before applying for a child-dependent visa.

    Another requirement similar to the above is that you must have also earned a cumulative gross income of no less than  €40,000 in a three-year period, which must be proven by submitting your payslips for the requested years.

    However, if you are from a non-EEA country or a non-Irish country, there is a different financial requirement that applies to you. If you are under Category A immigration permission, you can sponsor your child to Ireland without earnings. This is because the immigration status that was granted to you assumes that you have a certain level of income before and when you arrive in Ireland.

    Category B holders must have an accumulated income for two years that is more than the guidelines by the Department of Social Protection via the Family Income Supplement (FIS).

    However, according to the FIS, families must be able to earn a specific or more than the required amount per week depending on the number of children involved.

    • For 1 child, €511 more
    • For 2 children, €612 more
    • For 3 children, €713 more
    • For 4 children, €834 more
    • For 5 children, €960 more

    The Irish immigration authorities also take declared and verified savings of sponsors into account to supplement the amount needed.

    Who is Eligible to Sponsor Their Dependent Child through the Ireland Child Dependent Visa?

    In the Family Reunification scheme, a sponsor is either an Irish citizen or a non-EU/EEA resident living in Ireland lawfully, who intends to bring their dependent children to live with them in Ireland. However, as a sponsor, you need to be one of these categories:

    • An Irish citizen
    • Another EU/EEA citizen
    • A non-EU/EEA national, residing lawfully in Ireland through an Ireland Employment Permit (work visa).
    • A foreign national living in Ireland on a Stamp 4 or stamp 5.
    • A Researcher under a Hosting Agreement.
    • A Ph.D. student, studying in an Irish accredited program.
    • A Minister of Religion who holds an immigration Stamp 3.

    The Application Process for Child Dependent Visa

    The first step to take when bringing your child to join you in Ireland is that you have to apply for permission to bring the child to the State.

    Getting Permission for Family Reunification

    To get permission for family reunification, you must apply in writing to the Family Reunification Section of INIS, while also including the following information in the written letter:

    • Your name, personal ID, and address
    • Information about the dependent they want to bring to Ireland, i.e., name, birthday, address, nationality, and your relationship with the child.

    The INIS will send you a questionnaire as well as the list of documents needed after receiving your letter. The questionnaire must be completed and taken back to the INIS alongside the requested documents. Once INIS approves the application, you can then apply for an Ireland child-dependent visa.

    Applying for the Ireland Join Family Visa/Child Dependent Visa

    Step 1: The first step to starting your application is to fill out the Ireland family reunification visa application form online via AVATS.

    Step 2: After you have completed the online application form for Ireland family reunification.
    You will need to print the summary application form, sign it, and date it as instructed. Once you submit the application form and have printed the summary application form, you will send the supporting documents to the visa office as stated on the form.

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      Ireland Join Family Visa/Child Dependent Visa Processing Time

      The processing time for an Ireland Join Family Visa varies, and this depends on the nationality of the sponsor, immigrant rights, and their permission to remain in Ireland. Hence, the following are the Ireland Family Reunification visa processing times based on status:

      • For family members of Irish citizens: Six months after receiving all required documents
      • For family members of non-EU/EEA nationals who are eligible to bring their family members to Ireland immediately: Six months after receiving all required documents
      • For family members of non-EU/EEA nationals who can bring their family members to Ireland after 1 year: Twelve months after receiving all required documents

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  One of the benefits of a Child Dependent Visa is that you get to legally reside together in the State with your child. The child can grow up and enjoys certain rights and later claim a permanent residency. They also may be granted permission to work in the country without having to secure employment or a work permit in Ireland. They also enjoy Free Movement benefits within the EEA member states.


                  Category A sponsors can immediately sponsor applications for dependent children or another family member. People under category A include Critical Skills Employment Permit Holders, investors, entrepreneurs, Business Permission Holders, researchers, intracompany transfers, and approved scholarship students. Category B holders have to wait until they receive verified permission to bring their child with them. They include Ph.D. students, full-time non-locum doctors, Non-Critical Skills Employment Permit Holders, All Stamp 4 holders, and Ministers of Religion.