Stamp 0

Stamp 0 is given to people who have been approved by INIS (Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service) for a limited and specific stay in Ireland. Accordingly this limited and specific permission is not intended to be counted towards Long Term Residence.

Eligibility

It is necessary for your permission that you can support yourself or that your sponsor will cover all of your costs. Because of this you do not have permission to access State benefits while resident here on a Stamp 0 basis. Read more about Stamp 0 further information (PDF 343KB).

Who may be granted Stamp 0

Three types of people may be granted Stamp 0. Each application is dealt with on a case by case basis.

  1. Elderly dependent relatives

For elderly dependent relatives, the financial requirements to allow a person to sponsor an elderly dependent relative are set out in Chapter 18 of the Family Reunification Policy Document (PDF 500KB).

  1. Persons of independent means

For people of independent means, you should have an individual income of €50,000 per year. You must also have access to a lump sum of money to cover any sudden major expenses. This lump sum should be equal to, for example, the price of a dwelling in the State. Financial documentation should be presented in spreadsheet form and converted into Euros. It should clearly show all income and spending each month. This must be certified by an Irish accountancy firm who has the expert knowledge to understand the format of overseas banking / accountancy documentation

  1. Visiting academics/Researcher

As a visiting academic/researcher you must be paid from outside the State and are here to work for no longer than 12 months.

 

Excluded categories of people

INIS will not accept applications from certain categories of people. Read more about who cannot apply for Stamp 0 (PDF 2411KB).

Submit an Application

There are two or three steps to the process of gaining Stamp 0 and registering as a non-EEA national, depending on your circumstances:

Step 1: Apply for permission

You must apply for permission, with a letter and the required documentation, to:

Unit 2, Domestic Residence and Permissions Division
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
Department of Justice and Equality
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
D02 XK70

 

If your application for Stamp 0 is successful, you will be issued with a Stamp 0 Conditional Letter of Offer and an Agreement Form, from Unit 2, Domestic Residence and Permissions Division. This Letter of Offer is given on the condition that you meet any required visa checks and is subject to the discretion of the Immigration Officer when you enter the State.  Read more about the letter of permission (PDF 100KB).

 

Step 2: Apply for a visa if you are from a visa required country

Visa required people

If you are a visa required person and have received your letter of offer to be given a Stamp 0,  then you must contact your local visa office to get a visa (submit a visa application) to enter the State. There are various types of entry visa which are to be used after you have been offered Stamp 0. The type of visa you use depends on your Stamp 0 permission:

  • Elderly dependent relatives: In order to reside in the State on Stamp 0 conditions, you must apply for a visa to join your family through a D-Join Visa. When submitting your application for a D-Join Visa, you must include your Stamp 0 Conditional Letter of Offer. If you do not enter the State with a D-Join Visa, you will not be able to complete the registration process that will allow you to reside in Ireland on Stamp 0 permission. See detailed information on the Join Family visas web page.
  • People of independent means: In order to reside in the State on Stamp 0 conditions, you must apply for a D-Reside Visa. When submitting your application for a D-Reside Visa, you must include your Stamp 0 Conditional Letter of Offer. It is very important that you obtain a D-Reside Visa before entering the State. If you do not enter the State with a D-Reside Visa, you will not be able to complete the registration process that will allow you to reside in Ireland on Stamp 0 permission
  • Visiting Academics/Researchers: You should apply for a visa from your local visa office. When stating the purpose of your visit on the visa application, you should select “other” and fully explain the purpose of your visit in the space provided

Once you have received a Stamp 0 Conditional Letter of Offer from Unit 2, Domestic Residence and Permissions Division, and have been issued with the correct visa, you may enter the State.

Please note that entry to the State is always at the discretion of the Immigration Officer at the port of entry.

 

Non visa required people

If you are a non-visa required person who wishes to reside in Ireland on a Stamp 0 permission as a person of independent means, visiting academic, or visiting researcher, and you meet the criteria, you may apply from inside or outside the State. 
 
Applications for family reunification in cases involving elderly dependants can only be made from outside the State, regardless of whether or not you are a visa-required person.

Note: The granting of visitor permission at the port of entry does not mean that your Stamp 0 application will be successful.

 

Step 3: Complete application and register

If your application is successful, INIS will issue you with a letter of permission. This letter will specify if the permission can be renewed. It will also contain instructions on either leaving the State at the end of the permission, or applying for an extension of this permission.

If you are granted permission then you must register at your local immigration office.

 

Required Documents

You must apply for permission, with a letter and the required documentation posted by registered post to:

Unit 2, Domestic Residence and Permissions Division
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
Department of Justice and Equality
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
D02 XK70

 

Documents required for each initial application group are listed below

Elderly Dependent:
  • Clear and legible copy of your passport (all pages), including the visa on which you entered the State
  • Copy of your birth certificate
  • Proof of relationship to sponsor (i.e. Birth Certificate)
  • Details of all family members resident in the State and their legal status in the State
  • Evidence of all finances available to you (i.e. six months of bank statements, payslips)
  • Evidence in financial documents that the sponsor (son/daughter etc.) is earning an income, in excess of €60,000 for one parent and €75,000 for two parents for the three years prior to the application
  • Details of accommodation to be provided for you
  • Evidence of private medical insurance with full cover in private hospitals
  • Your future intentions in the State
  • Any other information you consider relevant to your case

For further information on this type of application, please refer to Chapter 18 of the Family Reunification Policy Document (PDF 500KB).

 

People of independent means:
  • Clear and legible copy of your passport (all pages), including the visa on which you entered the State
  • Copy of your birth certificate
  • Copy of marriage certificate
  • Reason for request for permission
  • Details of all family members resident in the State and their legal status in the State
  • Details of Irish Associations
  • Evidence of all finances available to you (i.e. six months of bank statements, payslips, etc)
  • Evidence of your finances verified by an Irish based accountant listing yearly income and any financial liabilities. Investment sums are not normally measured – 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
  • Any other information you consider relevant to your case

 

Visiting Academic/Researcher:
  • Clear and legible copy of your passport (all pages), including the visa on which you entered the State
  • Reason for request for permission
  • Details of all family members resident in the State and their legal status in the State
  • Evidence of all finances available to you (i.e. six months of bank statements, payslips)
  • Letter from an Irish college/university confirming you will be working within that college, this must also state the length of this arrangement ( no longer than 12 months)
  • Letter from your home college/ university specifying your position in that college and stating that you will be paid by your home college/ university while within the State
  • Evidence of private medical insurance with full cover in private hospitals
  • Police Clearance Certificate
  • Any other information you consider relevant to your case

 

If your application is successful, INIS will issue you with 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.  Read more about the letter of permission (PDF 100KB)

 

Next Steps

Processing times:
  • Delays can be expected when processing applications if applicants do not send in all of the required documents with their original application
  • Applications are processed in chronological order
If your application is successful:
  • You will be sent a conditional letter of offer and an agreement form for you to sign
    • You will need the letter of offer to get the correct visa if you are required to get one
 
  • When you arrive in the State you should send a signed agreement form and your passport to Unit 2, Domestic Residence and Permissions Division, Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, Department of Justice and Equality, 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, D02 XK70
    • Unit 2 will add a stamp to your passport and return it to you

How to renew Stamp 0

Read more about how to renew Stamp 0 permission (PDF 100KB)

If your permission is renewed, you must also renew your registration.

Contact

If you have questions, contact us.

Updated: 16 September 2020