The Common Travel Area in place between the UK and Ireland means that not much has changed for Britons living or coming to live in Ireland after the Brexit transition period. UK nationals continue to be able to reside and work in Ireland without formal Irish immigration permission, similar to EU nationals. However, one aspect of the Irish-UK immigration regime has significantly changed. A non-UK, non-EU national who is the dependant of or married to, in a civil partnership with, or in a defacto relationship with a UK national living or working in Ireland must now seek a specific visa or pre-clearance from the Department of Justice to reside with their UK family member in Ireland.

Before 31 December 2020, non-EU nationals that fell into this category could come to Ireland and seek permission to remain and work in Ireland under EU Treaty Rights after arrival in Ireland. However, since 1 January 2021, pre-clearance must be sought before travelling to Ireland in order to comply with new immigration policies in place.

Further details of the preclearance and visa scheme, and process to be followed, can be found on the Department of Justice website here.

We recently prepared two short videos examining the changes to immigration laws and processes in Ireland and the UK from 1 January 2021:

Additionally, for those UK nationals already living in Ireland with their non-EU national family members before 31 December 2020, there are new formalities to comply with in relation to updating the Irish Residence Permit of the non-EU national. Full details can be found here.