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Following the 31st December 2020, UK citizens are eligible to apply for the Withdrawal Agreement Beneficiary Card, however, they are not required to do so.

Non-EEA family members and dependents of UK citizens, who rely on Free Movement Regulations and Directive are required to exchange their IRP card to the Withdrawal Agreement Beneficiary Card. The deadline for this is 31st December 2021.

Applying for the Withdrawal Agreement IRP Card:

You can use the following online system in order to exchange free of charge, your IRP to the new Withdrawal Agreement Beneficiary Card: https://inisonline.jahs.ie/user/login

The following proof will be requested:

  • A copy of your passport
  • Proof of residency (Utility Bill etc.)
  • Confirmation that you have been exercising your EU Treaty Rights to reside in the State on or before 31st December 2020 and that you will continue to do so.

The expiry date for the Withdrawal Agreement Beneficiary Card will be 31st December 2020.

Is it still possible to apply for a Permanent Residence Card/apply to retain my residency following divorce?

Yes, you can still make an application for a Permanent Residence Card/to retain your residence. If your application is successful, you will receive a Stamp 4 residence permission.

If you have made an EU residency card application before the 31st December 2020, your application will be processed and you will receive a Stamp4, which can be exchanged for the new card.

All residence applications submitted before the end of the transition period on the 31st December 2020 will continue to be processed as normal.

Visa Applications:

Any visa applications based on Free Movement Regulations and Directives will be processed as normal. If successful, the Applicant will receive a 90-day Single entry Short Stay Visa (C).

Is it still possible to apply for a Permanent Residence Card/apply to retain my residency following divorce?

Yes, you can still make an application for a Permanent Residence Card/to retain your residence. If your application is successful, you will receive a Stamp 4 residence permission.

If you have made an EU residency card application before the 31st December 2020, your application will be processed and you will receive a Stamp4, which can be exchanged for the new card.

All residence applications submitted before the end of the transition period on the 31st December 2020 will continue to be processed as normal.

Joining UK family member after 31st December 2021:

If your family member has been exercising their rights and has been residing in Ireland prior to 31st December 2021, you may be eligible.

You may be able to apply to join your UK family member based on the Free Movement Regulations and Directive and the Citizens Rights element of the Withdrawal Agreement. If your application is successful you will again receive a Stamp 4 Residence Card.

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Granite Immigration Law is part of Granite Legal Services which is a newly established business law practice in Newry City. Our solicitors are UK / Irish dual qualified. We have a dedicated immigration team working on individual and business immigration matters covering a wide range of matters from citizenship to employment permits and EU Treaty Rights.