If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen living in Ireland, then you have the right to bring certain family members to live with you here even if they are not themselves EU/EEA or Swiss citizens.
If you are from outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland, then your right to have family members come to live with you depends on the rules governing your presence in Ireland - If you have a Green Card permit or a Hosting Agreement you may bring your family to live with you in Ireland immediately. If you have a work permit, you may be able to bring your family to live here after you have been legally working here for a year.
Your spouse and dependants aged under 18 may apply for a spousal/dependant work permit once they are legally resident in Ireland on the basis of being your spouse or dependant.
last updated on 15th December 2008