• Aaron Flynn

De facto partners of Irish Citizens to benefit from pre-clearance

The Irish Independent report that non-European de facto partners of Irish Citizens will soon be able to use pre-clearance to apply for a permission to live in Ireland. At the moment the process is to submit an application once the de facto partner arrives in country and the processing time can be from 6-12 months.

For immigration purposes a person may be considered the De Facto Partner, opposite or same sex, of another person if:

  • they have a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others akin to a marriage or civil partnership in practice though not in law;

  • the relationship between them is genuine and continuing

  • they live together or do not live separately and apart on a permanent basis

  • they are not related by family

This new process will make it quicker and more streamlined for the partners of Irish citizens to travel to live in Ireland with the Irish partners. This will put de facto partners on a par with non-EEA spouses and civil partners and is similar to the pre-clearance scheme INIS launched in April for the de facto partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit ('CSEP') holders.

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