SENIOR HOUSE OFFICERS AND REGISTRARS WORKING IN PUBLIC HOSPITALS FOR 5 CONSECUTIVE YEARS and being paid and salaried by the HSE
PERMISSION TO CHANGE IMMIGRATION STATUS.
Note: Any time spent working as a Locum will not be considered when calculating the qualifying 5 year period.
The following administrative arrangements will apply:
Senior House Officers and Registrars, who have been lawfully resident and employed in public hospitals in the State for at least 5 years may apply for a change of immigration permission from Stamp 1 to Stamp 4 at the expiry of their current Stamp 1 approval. The stamp 4 permission will be granted for a period of 12 months and is renewable on an annual basis thereafter dependent on the applicant fulfilling all immigration and employment criteria.
The following documents must be made available to the Registration Officer for inspection:
- valid passport and previous passport if held containing the relevant Stamp 1
- up to date Certificate of Medical Council Registration;
- current contract of employment as SHO/Registrar;
- P60s covering the previous two years’ employment.
It is recognised that there will be cases where an applicant has some short gaps in his/her immigration registration over the five year (60 months) period. Whilst some tolerance will be allowed in this matter please note that:
- no one gap may be in excess of 3 months (90 days); and must not be for the purpose of being employed elsewhere outside the State.
- gaps may not exceed 6 months in total over the 5 year (60 months) period.
Please note persons who had permission to remain and work in the State during the period from 1 June 2010 - 31 December 2015 without a work permit must have conducted themselves as if they had a work permit for that period and this will be taken into account when seeking permission to change status. That is to say any work carried out as locum or any time spent on any other type of immigration permission other than Stamp 1 is not eligible for this change of status.
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
17 October 2016