Ireland Visa Stamp 1, 2, 3 and 4

Types of Ireland visa stamps

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If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national, when you travel to Ireland and receive permission to enter and stay in the country, you will receive a Stamp on your passport.

The Ireland permission Stamps are numbered and serve as indicators of how long you are allowed to stay and what you are allowed to do while you live in Ireland, eg. work, study, etc.

You receive the Stamp when you visit a registration office to register your stay of over 90 days with immigration and receive your Ireland Residence Permit (IRP).

The different Irish immigration Stamps all have their own rules and conditions which you must abide by. Additionally, if you are aiming for Irish citizenship by naturalisation somewhere down the road, you can accumulate the time you spend on a Stamp and meet the “reckonable residence” requirements.

This article will detail the different types of Irish permission stamps and their conditions.

Keep in mind that due to the countless reasons foreign nationals have for coming to live in Ireland, this is not an exhaustive list of situations when a specific Stamp will be issued. That is a decision which the Irish immigration services will make.

Stamp 0

You will receive a Stamp 0 on your passport in the following cases:

  • If you want to live or retire in Ireland as a person with independent means.
  • If you want to live in Ireland as the as the elderly, dependent relative of a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national.
  • If you are a visiting academic at an Irish university or college.
  • If you are in Ireland to carry out work on behalf of a foreign company for a limited period of time.

If you receive this stamp, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You must be able to fully support yourself during your stay, or, alternatively, your sponsor must be able to finance you.
  • You cannot take up any work, unless you receive permission by INIS.
  • You must have private medical insurance, since you won’t be allowed to access any publicly funded services.

Stamp 1

You will receive a Stamp 1 on your passport in the following cases:

  • If you will work or operate a business in Ireland (on an Employment Permit).
  • If you are in Ireland with a Working Holiday Visa.

The conditions of this stamp include:

  • You cannot work unless your employer has obtained an Employment Permit on your behalf.
  • If you don’t have an employment permit, you cannot work unless you get a letter of permission from INIS.
  • You must have private medical insurance.

Stamp 1A

You will receive the Irish Stamp 1A if you have permission to study or work full time in Ireland as a trainee accountant.

Stamp 1G

You will receive this stamp if:

You have finished studies in Ireland (holding an Irish student visa and Stamp 2/2A), and have received permission to look for work in Ireland under the Third Level Graduate Programme. In this case, the Stamp 1G is valid for 1 year and has the following conditions:

  • You can work up to 40 hours a week (full time)
  • You must apply for an Employment Permit if you find work and want to continue working in Ireland.

or

You are the spouse/civil partner/de facto partner of a Critical Skills Employment Permit or of a Researcher on a Hosting Agreement. In this case, the following conditions apply:

  • You can work in Ireland without having to get an employment permit.
  • You cannot start a business or become self-employed.
  • You can renew your Stamp 1G annually. After five years on a stamp 1G, you can apply for a Stamp 4.

Stamp 2

You will receive a Stamp 2 on your passport if you are an international student in Ireland on an Irish Student Visa and you are taking a full-time course that’s included on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP).

The conditions of the Ireland Stamp 2 are:

  • You may work up to 20 hours a week during the school year.
  • You may work up to 40 hours a week on holidays (summer and winter holidays).
  • You must have private medical insurance, since you won’t be allowed to access any publicly funded services.

Stamp 2A

You will receive the Stamp 2A on your passport if you are an international student taking a full-time course on a program which is not on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP).

For example, students who are only doing a semester abroad in Ireland, but are otherwise enrolled in an overseas school will receive Stamp 2A.

The conditions of Stamp 2A are:

  • You cannot take up any sort of work with an Irish Stamp 2A.
  • You must have private medical insurance, since you won’t be allowed to access any publicly funded services.

Stamp 3

You will receive Stamp 3 if:

  • You are in Ireland with a Volunteer Visa
  • You are a Minister of Religion
  • You are in Ireland with an Irish Join Family Visa.

The conditions of Stamp 3 are:

  • You cannot work or start a business in Ireland unless you have the appropriate permission (ie. a work permit).
  • You must have private medical insurance.

Stamp 4

You will receive the Ireland Stamp 4 in the following cases:

  • Upon renewal of your Critical Skills Employment Permit
  • Upon renewal of your Employment Permit as a Researcher under a Hosting Agreement.
  • If you had another type of Irish work permit for 5 years.
  • If you want to join your spouse/civil partner/de facto partner who is an Irish citizen.
  • If you want to join a family member who is an EU/EEA/Swiss national (Stamp 4 EUFam).
  • If you are a convention or programme refugee.
  • If you have been granted subsidiary protection.
  • If you want to join a family member who is a recognized refugee.
  • If you are the holder of an Ireland Investor Visa or their family member.
  • If you have received an Irish Permanent Residence Permit.

The conditions of the Ireland Stamp 4 are:

  • You can work without having to apply for a work permit.
  • You can start your own business.
  • You have access to state services and funds.

Stamp 5

You will get an Ireland Stamp 5 on your passport if you have lived in Ireland for eight years and received a “Without Condition as to  Time” endorsement.

This stamp does not have a validity date – it is valid for as long as your passport is.

Stamp 6

You will receive an Irish Stamp 6 on your passport once you obtain Irish citizenship. This indicates that you have dual citizenship.

Which Stamps count towards “reckonable residence”?

When applying for Irish citizenship through naturalisation, you have to accumulate at least five years (1825 days) of “reckonable residence” in Ireland within eight years. If you are the spouse/civil partner of an irish citizen, you must have accumulated at least three years (1095 days) of reckonable residence within the past five years.

You can prove you’ve spent this time in Ireland by adding up the duration of your Irish permission Stamps. However, not all Stamps count towards reckonable residence.

The Ireland Stamp which count towards reckonable residence for Irish citizenship are:

  • Stamp 1
  • Stamp 1G if you are the spouse/civil partner/de facto partner of a Critical Skills Employment Permit or of a Researcher on a Hosting Agreement.
  • Stamp 3
  • Stamp 4
  • Stamp 5

If you held the following Stamps, you cannot use them as reckonable residence on Irish citizenship applications:

  • Stamp 0
  • Stamp 1A
  • Stamp 1G (under the Third Level Graduate Programme)
  • Stamp 2
  • Stamp 2A

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