Brexit will come fully into effect on 31 December 2020, when the UK leaves the EU after the end of the transition period and will impact immigration permissions and processes for UK nationals and their loved ones living in Ireland.
Please view our FAQs below interpreting the latest updates from the Government on this issue. If you have any questions or concerns about your immigration situation, contact our helpline.
Nothing will change for UK nationals living in Ireland. The protections provided by the Common Travel Area mean that UK nationals living here (and likewise Irish citizens living in the UK), will continue to travel freely, live, work and access education, healthcare and social services in each other’s country, after the UK leaves the EU.
UK nationals do not require any documentation under the Withdrawal Agreement to continue their lives in Ireland after 31 December 2020, although they may request it if they wish.
Family members of UK nationals will be required to exchange their current valid Irish Residence Permit (IRP) card for a new one that starting 1 January 2021 using the Department of Justice online immigration renewals system located at.
When using the online system you will be asked to confirm that have you been exercising EU Treaty Rights to reside in Ireland before 31 December 2020 and continue to do so. Once your application is submitted you will receive instructions on posting your current IRP card to the immigration department before you are issued a new one.