Get Help What is the application process? An initial letter must be sent to INIS FR Section requesting an application questionnaire. The Irish Refugee Council drop-in centre may assist people to write and send this letter. The letter must contain the applicant’s ID number; the full name, relationship, date of birth and address of the family member/s. Applicants should include a copy of their protection declaration letter. A questionnaire will be sent to the applicant within a few weeks. Any change of address should be relayed to the FR section immediately to ensure that the applicant receives the questionnaire. The questionnaire should be returned within indicated time frame (usually 28 days). All relevant documentation must also be attached. The documents must be originals – no copies will be accepted. More time to return questionnaire may be requested if the applicant cannot submit within 28 days. The applicant will receive a decision in writing. The decision will be: a grant of Family Reunification for all family members, a grant for some family members but refusal of others, or a refusal of all family members. If successful: If family members do not have a travel document, it is recommended that they begin process of obtaining one as soon as possible – ideally even before the FR application process begins in Ireland. The family member must apply for an Irish visa. The minister may indicate a time limit for entry of the family member. UNHCR, IOM and the Irish Red Cross operate a travel assistance scheme which may provide financial support to family members for entry to Ireland once FR has been granted. If unsuccessful: There is no appeal mechanism for negative decisions. A person may write a letter to the minister to review the decision and/or exercise his discretion in exceptional circumstances. Make a fresh application if circumstances have changed (deadline still stands) Initiate judicial review proceedings, which requires a lawyer and may be expensive and very protracted.