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De Facto (non-marital) Relationships

Recognition of De Facto (non-marital) Relationships

The recognition and determination of De Facto (non-marital) relationships is a matter for the Department of Justice and Equality - Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

Further information on the recognition of De Facto relationships between Irish nationals, EEA nationals and non-EEA nationals can be found at the following links:

If you are:

  • a non-EEA national in a De Facto relationship with an Irish national, or
  • a non-EEA national in a De Facto relationship with an EEA national, or
  • a non-EEA national in a Fe Facto relationship with a non-EEA national

and you are eligible to apply for a Dependant/Partner/Spouse Employment Permit, you should submit a copy of the letter issued by INIS, confirming that your relationship meets their criteria and is recognised as a De Facto relationship for immigration purposes, with your application for an employment permit.

If you are not eligible for a Dependant/Partner/Spouse Employment Permit you may apply for another class of employment permit in your own right, if you satisfy the eligibility criteria for the type of employment permit being applied for.

Eligibility for Dependant/Partner/Spouse Employment Permit

You will be eligible to apply for a Dependant/Partner/Spouse Employment Permit if your partner holds one of the following:

  • A valid Green Card Employment Permit or a valid Critical Skills Employment Permit
  • A Hosting Agreement under the Scheme for admission for Third Country Researchers to Ireland (Hosting Agreement),

If your partner was once the holder of a Green Card or a Critical Skills Employment Permit or a Hosting Agreement, but has now been granted long-term residence or permission to reside and work without the requirement for an employment permit by the Department of Justice and Equality, you may also be eligible to apply for a Dependant/Partner/Spouse Employment Permit, if the recognition of the partnership by INIS has taken place.

Employment Permits Section 
1 October
2014

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