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Permission for Parents of Irish Citizens

Notice for Applicants


From the 1st October 2015 all new applications for permission to remain in the State on the basis of parentage of an Irish Citizen Child from a Non-EEA parent who does not have an existing immigration permission must besubmitted on the Irish Citizen Child Application Form to Residence Unit 4, INIS, 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.

Information specific to persons who have an existing right of residency but wish to have their status upgraded to facilitate full access to employment. A person who has an existing immigration permission in the State (stamp 1 or 2 or 3) can attend at their local immigration office to apply to upgrade their permission to a stamp 4. The stamp 4 will only be issued if the registration office is satisfied by the evidence provided by the applicant, the relationship history and the validity of the documentation presented.

If the registration office is not satisfied with any of these they will refer person to the INIS Residence Division for further examination.

A person who has an existing immigration permission and believes they fulfil the criteria of the Zambrano Judgment should attend at their local Immigration Registration Office and have the following documentation in their possession:

  • their own Passport,
  • their current Irish Residence Permit (IRP) or GNIB Card,
  • their child’s Irish Passport,
  • their child’s Birth Certificate
  • documentary evidence of their address in the State
  • documentary evidence of the child’s address in the State (eg doctors letter or school letter)
NB: The Irish citizen child must attend with his/her parent(s) on this occasion. Where such persons are found to satisfy the Zambrano criteria, then, all other things being equal, their status will be upgraded to Stamp 4 conditions. However, in circumstances where the Registration Office is not satisfied that a person meets the Zambrano criteria, the case will be referred back to the INIS Residence Division for further examination.
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