I just wanted to share my experience with the EU Treaty Section of INIS with you all to make you aware of how misleading they can be.
As I have recently posted here, I am planning to return to Ireland with my non EU husband who has a EU residence card based on Article 10. I wanted to get some information from INIS in relation to when we arrive in Ireland what exactly is the procedure we need to go through. Firstly, they told me my husband needed a join spouse visa. I knew straight away that this wasn't true because we have recently travelled to Ireland on holiday without the need for a visa. After this they wouldn't reply to my emails. I contacted the Dept of Justice who forwarded my email to INIS. They then replied to me on the same day (so I recommend people contacting the Dept of Justice if they want a quick reply).
They still did not admit their error in this case. However, they then told me that when we leave the EU country we are in now that my husband should give his residence card back to the relevant authorities. They said that they would check at a later stage if this had been done. It was just ridiculous as if my husband gave it back he wouldn't be able to go to Ireland in the first place. They then proceeded to tell me that he can apply for a join spouse visa.
Honestly, I am so tired of INIS providing people with misleading and incorrect information. Everyone should be aware here of their tactics. I explained everything very clearly to them so it was not a mistake on their behalf. They are either incompetent or purposely misleading people. I contacted Grow Your Europe Advice (which I recommend to anyone unsure about their EU rights, http://ec.europa.eu/eu-rights/enquiry-c ... ageCode=en
). They told me that of course my husband doesn't need advice, that the Irish authorities have no right to ask my husband to return his residence card as there are currently no EU rules about this. Another question I wanted to ask them was in relation to the EU1 application form which requests 2 payslips and they told me this is also not a requirement.
I just wanted to share this experience with people to make you aware that you need to search and know your rights before dealing with INIS. When they know that you are not informed of your rights, they are quick to mislead you or provide you less detailed information. However, when you show them that you are well aware of your rights and that you have contacted relevant authorities for legal advice they behave towards you better. Although it is difficult there are agencies out there which are there to help us as EU citizens so we should make the most of them.
As much as possible people should try to share their experiences with others here whether they are positive or negative as they will help anyone reading. A lot of people come to this forum just to read and never post so let's keep that in mind.