Stamp 0 is a low level immigration status which is not intended to be reckonable for Long Term Residence or Citizenship. It is granted to persons who have been approved by INIS for a limited and specific stay in Ireland.
An inherent condition of your permission is that you are self-sufficient, ie you are not permitted to avail of State benefits while resident here on a Stamp 0 basis even if you acquire an entitlement to such benefits.
INIS will not accept applications from certain categories of persons.
Read more about who cannot apply for Stamp 0 (PDF 150KB).
Visa Required Persons
If you are a visa required person and you wish to reside in Ireland on Stamp 0 you must make an entry visa application.
Non visa required persons
If you are a non visa required person who wishes to reside in Ireland on Stamp 0 and you fulfil the criteria you may apply from inside the State.
Who may be granted Stamp 0
Three types of persons may be granted Stamp 0.
1. Elderly dependent relatives
For elderly dependent relatives, the financial criteria required to allow a person to sponsor an elderly dependent relative are set out in Chapter 18 of the Family Reunification Policy Document (PDF 500KB).
2. Persons of independent means
For persons of independent means, the financial threshold is generally considered to be €50,000 per person per annum, plus the person must have access to a lump sum of money to cover any unforeseen major expenses. This should be equivalent to, for example, the price of a dwelling in the State.
Financial documentation should be presented in tabular form and converted into Euros, clearly showing all income and expenditure on a monthly basis.
This must be certified by an Irish accountancy firm who have the expert knowledge to interpret the format of the overseas banking / accountancy documentation.
Each application is dealt with on a case by case basis.
3. Visiting academics
Visiting academics must be paid from outside the State and are here to work for less than nine months.
Obtaining permission & registering
There are two steps to the process for obtaining Stamp 0 and registering as a non-EEA national:
Step 1: Apply for permissionYou must apply in writing for permission, enclosing the required documentation to:
Unit 2 Residence Division
Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service
Department of Justice and Equality
13-14 Burgh Quay
Queries can be sent to Unit2residencedivision@justice.ie but applications must be made in writing to the above address.
Documents required for initial application for permission
An application must include the following:
- Reason for the request
- Full copy of your passport
- Any Irish Associations
- Evidence of your finances verified by an Irish based accountant listing yearly income and any financial liabilities. Investment sums are not normally reckonable – finances must be in the form of pension income or readily accessible funds.
- Evidence of private medical insurance with full cover in private hospitals
- Police clearance certificate
- Health declaration
If your application is successful, INIS will issue a letter of permission. This letter will indicate if the permission is renewable. It will also contain instructions on either leaving the State at the end of the permission or applying for an extension.
Step 2: Register
If you are granted permission through Step 1 then you must register at your local immigration office.