Immigration

Major progress has been made in providing for same-sex couples in Irish immigration provisions, where there is now equal treatment between same-sex civil partners and opposite-sex married spouses, and equal treatment between de facto same-sex and de facto opposite-sex couples.

GLEN have produced a document (May 2011) which highlights updated immigration provisions under which the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service now treats same-sex civil partners the same as married couples and treats same-sex de facto couples the same as de facto opposite sex couples.

The implications of these changes in immigration will depend on your citizenship and that of your partner, whether:

  1. you are the same-sex civil partner or same-sex de facto partner of an Irish citizen and you are a citizen of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
  2. you are the same-sex civil partner or same-sex de facto partner of a European Union citizen (who is not an Irish citizen) then regardless of your own citizenship.
  3. you are a non-EEA citizen and your partner is also a non-EEA citizen.

See the document below for details on the provisions that apply in each case.