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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.
- 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
- 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 you register at the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB), and
outside Dublin at the local garda district headquarters. Stamp no. 3 will
be placed in the non-EEA national’s passport, which means he or she is
not allowed to work in Ireland. You can find information about immigration
stamps on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS)
- 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.
- 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 national
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
- 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.