- What is the Irish Spouse visa?
- What are the requirements for the Irish spousal visa application?
- What is the application process for the Irish spousal visa?
- What is the required documentation?
- How do we prove to Irish immigration authorities we are a legitimate couple?
- How much do Irish Spouse Visas cost for US citizens?
- How long do the applications take?
- What happens after I arrive at the border?
- How Can Total Law Help?
- Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Irish Spouse visa?
The Irish spouse Visa permits foreign partners from the US and any other non-EEA country who are married or in a civil partnership with an Irish citizen or permanent resident to enter Ireland to live with their partner
This visa application falls under the Long Stay ‘D’ Visa, which means that the visa holder can stay in Ireland for a longer time, but only if they register their permission in the state when they enter Ireland.
What are the requirements for the Irish spousal visa application?
To be eligible for a spousal visa, there are several conditions that must be met:
- You must hold a valid passport for at least six months after your proposed leave date from Ireland
- Personal, social, or economic ties between yourself and your family members while in Ireland
- Provide sufficient evidence of the relationship history between you and your partner
What is the application process for the Irish spousal visa?
There are several steps behind the spousal visa that needs to be met.
- The first thing to do is to apply for marriage permission from the registrar and the registrar confirms by way of a registration certificate.
- Then, you can start the partner’s application form for the spouse visa, which is done by ensuring a completed application form, which is an online application.
- From the summary of the application form, you will find out the location where you have to submit your supporting documentation.
- Make sure to print and sign the summary as you will need this for the process with the immigration officer at border control.
- After you have paid the fee payment for the visa fees, you can start to gather all the supporting documents.
- Once you have completed all these steps, you can submit your application to the local immigration office application office with all the documents.
- When done, you will receive an application summary sheet, which includes your Visa Application Tracking Number and a reference number.
- You can use this number to track your application.
What is the required documentation?
The required documents may differ somewhat depending on your circumstances, and the nature of the relationship.
Regardless, several documents are needed.
The required information/documents for this Irish visa are:
- Valid passport
- Signed and dated application summary sheet
- A signed letter highlighting your reasons for traveling to Ireland, how long you intend to stay, who you plan to stay with, and your financial resources of 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 become a burden on the State
- Two-color passport-size photographs
- Financial information
- Provide Evidence of your relationship history such as a civil partnership certificate
- Documents that show you’ll return to your home country. This evidence needs to demonstrate strong family, social or economic ties to your home country. 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.
All the information and documents need to be submitted in their original form and English by an official, accredited translator. You should include the translator’s contact details.
Once you have all the relevant documents together, you will need to send them, along with your application summary sheet, to the visa application office.
Of course, it will be an imperative part of the immigration process to show the immigration officer that you and your partner, civil partner, or de facto partner have a genuine relationship.
The supporting documentation to showcase this is the following:
- Evidence that the relationship between you and your partner in person, such as travel documents that show you and your partner have travelled to visit you several times.
- Registration certificate from the registrar confirming the date of the receipt of notification of your intended date to marry inside Ireland.
- Marriage visa/ marriage Registration Form with intended date of marriage.
- Civil Partner Registration Form.
- An Up-to-date bank statement, which shows 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).
As well as the evidence of the relationship, you will need to provide evidence of your intention to marry/enter into a civil partnership.
In the case where you Irish citizen partner or you were previously married or had a civil partner, you must also provide the following to the Irish embassy:
- Marriage/civil partnership certificate
- Divorce/dissolution of the civil partnership certificate
If there is another person that will be funding your expenses in Ireland and will take on complete financial responsibility, you need to provide information about your relationship with this person.
If this is the case for you, 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
How much do Irish Spouse Visas cost for US citizens?
The visa application fee is €60 if you are getting a single entry visa, or €100 if you are applying for a multi-entry visa.
In US dollars, that is about $63.36 United States Dollar for a single entry visa and $137.38 US dollars for multi-entry.
There may be additional fees along the way which you should be aware of. Of course, you will also need to pay for your travel to Ireland.
How long do the applications take?
The good news, it doesn’t take too long until you can reunite with your spouse.
The majority of applications are processed within eight weeks, but the processing time can vary depending on your application and if it has all the correct supporting documents.
It is advisable to employ the aid of an Immigration advice lawyer to help you get the outcome you want at as quick a time period as possible.
What happens after I arrive at the border?
When your application is approved by the immigration service, you will be able to start preparing for your trip and marriage in Ireland.
Since the spouse visa is a short stay ‘C’ Visa, you will be able to stay in Ireland for 90 days. After that, you will have to leave the country.
Upon landing in Ireland, you need to report immediately to Irish border control to show the immigration officer your passport, visa, and other documents. Then, border control will review your supporting documents and make their decision.
If they are satisfied, you will be granted official permission to enter Ireland.
How Can Total Law Help?
When you work with the Total Law team you can feel comfortable knowing that we are experts on Irish immigration law. The Total Law team has helped countless couples successfully obtain spousal visas.
The Total Law team will support you and your partner throughout the application, and provide advice.
Our team does our very best to support you and keep the process stress free. We work seven days a week and can be reached by phone on at +1 844 290 6312 or contact us seven days a week via our live chat.
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You must submit original documents.
The immigration team will return your marriage, birth certificate, and death certificates to you after the application is processed. If there are any other documents you want to be returned, please inform us by writing a list of the documents you want, and be sure to do the following:
- Include the list with your visa application
- Include the original documents from the list
- Include a photocopy of each document (we will keep these).
Your refusal paper notification will inform you if you have the right to appeal the decision or not. Total Law can support you with the appeal process, so long as you are entitled to one.