On 24 December 2020, the European Union and the United Kingdom reached an agreement in principle on the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.. Content on the site is being monitored to reflect this and the changes.

If you are a British passport holder living in Ireland, or a family member of a British passport holder living here with them, this information will help you to understand what it means for you.

British passport holders coming to live in Ireland after 31 December 2020 and their non-EEA family members

There will be no change for British passport holders who wish to live in Ireland after 31 December 2020. Their rights under the CTA will continue to be protected. 

A new scheme has been introduced for British passport holders who come to Ireland after 31 December 2020 and wish to bring their non-EEA family members.   

Further details can be found here and here.

Non-EEA family members of British passport holders living in Ireland before 31 December 2020

Separate arrangements are being put in place for non-EEA family members and/or dependents of British passport holders who are living in Ireland before 31 December 2020 and who hold a ‘EUFAM’ Irish Residence Permit (IRP). 

These family members will be required to exchange their current valid IRP for a new one stating that their residence rights derive from EU Law and the UK EU Withdrawal Agreement agreed in 2019.

This card exchange programme will open on 1 January 2021 and applications will be made through an online renewal system.