I am an Irish citizen, born and raised. Going through a separation so I wont be Divirced for 5 years. I have met a Ukrainian girl and am trying to find out two things 1) how does she apply for a visitors visa so she can visit me 2) how if we wish to live together in the future can this be done in Ireland while I wait for a dib vorce? Mike
I am only travelling to meet her through a Dating site this week end . we are only examining possiblities
1. There is little difficulty in obtaining a visitors visa for a citizen from the Ukraine to come to visit you in Ireland. A 90 visa will be easily granted for her to come and visit you here. Go to www.inis.gov.ie and you will find the necessary application forms ti fill in. This is the website of the irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service who handle this issue.
2. If you want to live together in Ireland, the one definite way for her to live in Ireland is for her to have your child, who will be an Irish citizen. This will give her the right to live and work anywhere in the EU. Apart from this, you will need to be living together for a minimum of three years to be considered a settled relationship who will qualify for a visa for her to live with you. As a result, you may find the four years for a divorce will have elapsed by the time this arises. Finally, the other options, when you are single are to enter into a civil partnership or marriage with this woman.
3. Both these options will give her the right to live and work in Ireland on a permanent basis once the marriage is valid.
Thank you , this has certainly helped clarify the options. Can I just ask, before rating highly, when you say enter a civilpartnership or marriage, I presume that one divorce must be finalised and complete before this is legally possible
Secondly to be living together for three years, does visits to either country with dated photos etc (evidence) constitute this, otherwise how would either party get a visa for the three years?
4. Yes, a divorce must be finalised before you can opt into a Civil Partnership or marriage. Irish law does not allow a person to have two legal status relationships at the same time. Secondly, living together means in essence cohabitation. Visits are not really evidence of living together. Some element of permanent presence is necessary. This means that it is very difficult to live together unless you were living in the Ukraine or some third country, other than Ireland or spending part of the time in Ireland and part of the time in the Ukraine as and when a visitors visa for Ireland was available to you.
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