Checklist for a non-EEA national living outside Ireland who is marrying an Irish national in Ireland
A non-EEA national who is marrying an Irish national does not have to be resident in Ireland in order for it to take place in Ireland. However, there are certain procedures that must be followed if you are living outside Ireland. It is very important to comply with the rules regarding residence for non-EEA nationals in Ireland and the legal requirements for getting married in Ireland.
Before the marriage
- You must notify the Registrar that you are getting married. This must be done at least 3 months before the marriage. You must get permission from the Registrar for the non-EEA national to make the 3-month notification by post. The non-EEA national must meet the Registrar in person at least 5 days before the marriage.
- As one of you is an non-EEA national, you will both have to attend a separate interview. Under the Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014, the Registrar has the right to investigate and decide whether an intended marriage would be a “marriage of convenience” for immigration purposes.
- A non-EEA national who requires a visa to come to Ireland can apply for a short-stay visa (a ‘C’ visa) to visit Ireland.
- After arriving in Ireland the non-EEA national should get permission to remain by registering with the local immigration registration officer. In Dublin this is the Burgh Quay Registration Office and you must book an appointment online to visit it. Outside Dublin it is at your regional registration office or your local Garda District Headquarters. Stamp no. 3 will be placed in the non-EEA national’s passport, which means they are not allowed to work in Ireland. You can find information about immigration stamps on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website.
- Both the non-EEA national and the Irish national should visit the Registrar in person to get the Marriage Registration Form at least 5 days before the marriage.
- The marriage takes place.
After the marriage
- If the non-EEA spouse has a short-stay (C) visa they
must leave Ireland before the expiry date of the stay granted by the
immigration authorities - the maximum stay is 3 months. If the non-EEA
spouse intends to return to Ireland to live with their Irish spouse, they
can then apply for a long-stay
(D) visa. On arrival in Ireland the non-EEA spouse must register with
the local immigration registration officer as the spouse of an Irish
If the non-EEA spouse is not required to have a visa they must register with the local immigration registration officer as the spouse of an Irish national.
- Registering as the spouse of an Irish national: It is important that the non-EEA spouse is accompanied by their Irish spouse when applying for registration to the local immigration registration officer. They must bring with them the marriage certificate and both valid passports. The residence stamp granted will depend on whether the local immigration registration officer is satisfied that the marriage is genuine. If sufficient evidence is presented to prove the marriage is genuine, a stamp 4 may be issued to the non-EEA national spouse. If not, the case may be referred to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service. There is no automatic entitlement to residence in Ireland following marriage to an Irish national. You can find further details about registering as the spouse of an Irish national on the INIS website.
- Non-EEA nationals who are married to Irish nationals do not require a permit to work in Ireland once they have a stamp 4 endorsed on their passport.
- A non-EEA national spouse who has been married to an Irish national for 3 years and meets certain residence requirements may apply for Irish citizenship.