Non-EU citizen cannot stay in Ireland after marriage to Lithuanian ends, EU court rules

An Irish court turned to the Court of Justice of the European Union over three cases of non-EU citizens who were married to women from Lithuania, Latvia and Germany and later divorced. The non-EU citizens wanted to stay in Ireland but the country’s institutions refused to allow them to stay.

The EU court ruled on Thursday that in these cases the women left Ireland before launching divorce procedures and their marriages were subsequently ended by courts in Lithuania, Latvia and the UK. Therefore, the men lost the right to live in Ireland after their then wives left the country.

The court states that “that right could not be revived subsequently at the time when the wives petitioned for divorce after their departure from Ireland”.

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