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This notice applies to all non-EEA family members of UK nationals, currently residing in the State on the basis of EU Treaty Rights. You will continue to hold the same residence rights in Ireland; can continue to live, work or study in Ireland. However, you are now required to exchange your current valid Irish Resident Permit (IRP) Card for a new one. This card exchange programme is in place from the 1st of January 2021 to the 31st of December, 2021.

This card replacement programme will be administered by the Immigration Service of the Department of Justice for all applicants nationwide through an online renewal system available at

When making your online application:

  • You will be asked to confirm that you have been exercising EU Treaty Rights to reside in the State on or before 31 December 2020 and continue to do so.
  • You will be asked to submit your current valid Irish Residence Permit card and you will be issued a new one.
  • You have until 31 December 2021 to apply.

Your entitlements to move freely and reside in other Member States of the European Union ceased to apply from 31 December 2020. From 1 January 2021, your IRP card (or if you have not yet obtained your new IRP card, your Stamp 4 EUFam Residence card) does not have visa exemption effect, except for Ireland. If you intend to travel to another EU Member State after that date, you will need to check the visa requirements for that Member State before you travel.