Renewal of Green Card, Employment Permits or Critical Skills Employment Permit

Green Card Employment Permits ceased being issued by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation on 30 September 2014. A new Employment Permit known as Critical Skills Employment Permits) are granted by that Department in respect of high skill occupations. These Permits are valid for two years.

To date, holders of Green Card Employment Permits have been granted immigration permission Stamp 1 for 12 months, renewable for a further 12 months (subject to all criteria being met). At the end of these two years, the holder has then been granted immigration permission Stamp 4 for two years, renewable thereafter.

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has now effected a change to this arrangement, namely:

Since 1 April 2015 this automatic change of immigration status from Stamp 1 to Stamp 4 after two years is not permitted unless the holder of the Green Card Employment Permit /the holder of a Critical Skills Permit is in possession of a supporting letter from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

  • This letter must be made available for examination by the Garda National Immigration Bureau when applying to renew registration.
  • Subject to all requirements being met the letter will state that the holder may be granted immigration permission Stamp 4 for two years provided all requirementsof the Green Card/Critical Skills Employment Permit have been met.
  • These requirements include the person must be residing and working in the State with no appreciable absences during the time frame of the Green Card/Critical Skills Employment Permit. Therefore, it is important to note that the issuing of this letter by Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation does not in itself automatically entitle the holder to be granted a stamp 4 immigration permission by the Garda National Immigration Bureau.
  • In the event that a Critical Skills/Green Card Employment Permit holder is not eligible for a Stamp 4 immigration permission he/she may be issued with a temporary Stamp 1 immigration permission for three months. An employment permit must be applied for and acquired during that 3 month time frame in order for the person to continue working in the State.

Those who have been granted immigration permission Stamp 4 for two years will not require the supporting letter from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation when making further renewal applications.

In order to apply for this letter of support, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation should be contacted - https://dbei.gov.ie/contact/index.htm

Family members

The Spouse, partner or dependants of Green Card Employment Permit holders will continue to be granted Stamp 2 or Stamp 3, depending on the family member's situation for durations which are in line with the Green Card holder or the Stamp 4 holder, as appropriate.

For the spouse or partner who wishes to work in the State, it may be possible to change their status from immigration stamp from 3 to immigration 1 where an Employment/Spousal/Dependant permit is issued by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation