Immigration schemes & programmes

You must apply for immigration permission to stay in Ireland for longer than 90 days, if you are a non-EU/EEA and non-Swiss citizen.

Study

Unsure what immigration scheme to apply for? Check the scheme you need.

Students

Apply to study in Ireland, including English language, degree programmes, semester abroad & more.

Third level graduate programme

Apply to stay in Ireland as a graduate of a recognised Irish body after your studies here finish (stamp 1G).

Work, internships & training

Unsure what immigration scheme to apply for? Check the scheme you need.

Employment permits

To get permission to work in Ireland, in many cases you need to apply for an employment permit.

Atypical working scheme

Permission for short term & other work where there is a skill shortage in Ireland.

Hosting agreements (for researchers)

To work as a researcher with an accredited institution, in many cases you need a hosting agreement.

Doctors (locum & fulltime)

Fulltime and locum doctors must meet special conditions to work in Ireland.

Working holiday programme authorisation

Young people from certain countries can apply for a working holiday in Ireland for up to 1 year.

Highly skilled job interview authorisation

Request this authorisation at border control if you come to Ireland to attend a 'highly skilled' job interview.

Redundant workers & workers with 5 years' permission policy

You may be entitled to work without an employment permit if you have been here legally for 5 years.

Reactivation employment permit scheme

Use this scheme to legalise yourself if you fell out of the system through exploitation or related reasons.

Third level graduate programme

Apply to stay in Ireland as a graduate of a recognised Irish body after your studies here finish (stamp 1G).

Turkish association agreement

You may be entitled to special rights if you are a Turkish national and are economically active in Ireland.

Van der Elst (work transfer inside the EU/EEA & Switzerland)

You may not need a permit if you work in the EU/EEA or Switzerland and are being transferred to Ireland.

Business & investors

Unsure what immigration scheme to apply for? Check the scheme you need.

Investor & entrepreneur schemes

Stay in Ireland to start a business or make a significant investment subject to certain conditions.

Business permission

This scheme has been discontinued following review, however you may apply to renew an existing permission.

Family, spouses & partners

Unsure what immigration scheme to apply for? Check the scheme you need.

EU treaty rights

EU treaties include rights for families with non-EU/EEA & non-Swiss nationals to travel and live together.

Marriage or civil partnership with an Irish national

Stay in Ireland with your spouse or civil partner.

De facto partnership

Stay in Ireland with your long term, de facto partner.

Parent of a child who is an Irish national

Stay in Ireland with your child who is an Irish national, including how to renew permission.

Non-EEA family reunification policy

Policy guidelines for staying in Ireland with a member of your family who is a non-EU/EEA & non-Swiss national.

Refugee family reunification

Stay in Ireland with a member of your family who is a recognised refugee.

Adopted children

Apply for clearance to bring a newly adopted child into Ireland for the first time.

Religious ministry & volunteering

Unsure what immigration scheme to apply for? Check the scheme you need.

Ministers of religion & lay volunteers

There are special conditions to be a minister of religion or a volunteer in Ireland.

Living independently & long term residence

Unsure what immigration scheme to apply for? Check the scheme you need.

Stamp 0 permission

Live in Ireland with independent means, including retiring to Ireland & visiting academics.

Long term residence permission

Live in Ireland long term, after you have lived & worked here legally for several years.

Without condition as to time endorsement

Stay in Ireland without limits on the time you can remain here, subject to other conditions.

Without condition endorsement

For naturalised Irish citizens with dual-citizenship.

Other

Unsure what immigration scheme to apply for? Check the scheme you need.

Extension of visitor permission

Extend a stay in Ireland for more than 90 days for a very exceptional reason.

Travel documents, eg for recognised refugee, stateless person

A travel document may assist a recognised refugee, stateless person or other qualifying applicant to travel.

Change your status

In some circumstances, you may apply to change your immigration status.

 

Contact

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Updated: 14 September 2017

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Page history

14 September 2017

Update added to business permission: 'This scheme has been discontinued following review, however you may apply to renew an existing permission.'

18 August 2017

Direct link added to Third Level Graduate Programme.

9 December 2016

Page published.