Department of Justice Announces a Pre Clearance Scheme for De facto partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit holders.

Full details in relation to a new Preclearance arrangements for De Facto Partners of
CSEP holders will be published on 1st April 2019.

A full list of the criteria for the scheme and the documents required in making an
application will be provided when the new arrangements are launched on 1 April,
For immigration purposes, a person may be considered the de facto partner, opposite
or same sex, of another person if:

  • they have a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others akin
    to a marriage or civil partnership in practice though not in law, and
  • the relationship between them is genuine and continuing, and
  • they live together or do not live separately and apart on a permanent basis, and,
  • they are not related by family.
  • The applicant must be in a position to provide evidence of
    • a genuine, long-term, durable relationship,
    • living with their de facto partner as a family unit for at least two years prior to
      the commencement of this scheme.

Note: the Scheme will apply to Visa and non Visa required nationalities. Further details will be published on 1st April 2019.

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