Renew Stamp 1 based on a Hosting Agreement

To stay in Ireland as a researcher based on a Hosting Agreement, you must apply in person at a registration office before your current permission and registration expires.

1. Check your expiry date

IMPORTANT: From 11 December 2017 the previous registration certificate (GNIB card) has been replaced by the new Irish Residence Permit (IRP).

The expiry date for your current permission and registration is shown on the stamp in your passport and on your current registration certificate, ie Irish Residence Permit (IRP) or GNIB card.

You must visit a registration office during the 2 week period before expiry to extend your permission and renew your registration.

Future applications could be affected by gaps in your immigration record, if you do not renew in time.

2. Where to renew

If you live in Dublin City or county

You must go to Burgh Quay Registration Office in Dublin City centre.

Before you visit, you must book an appointment online. Do not go to Burgh Quay without an appointment. You will not be allowed to register.

Book a registration appointment online

Book your appointment up to 10 weeks in advance. You may also book before you travel to Ireland, if you know for certain when you will arrive here.

If you live outside Dublin City or county

You must go to the registration office nearest to where you live. Registration offices are located at Garda Síochána (police) stations around the country.

See a list of regional registration offices

You may need an appointment to visit a regional registration office. Contact your local office before you visit to check opening days and times.

3. When you renew

Prepare the documents you need

You must bring the following when you go to register:

  • Your passport
  • Your current Irish Residence Permit (IRP) or 'GNIB card'
  • Your original Hosting Agreement

If any of these are missing, your permission to stay in Ireland cannot be extended and your registration will not be renewed.

Cost & payment

You must pay a fee of €300 per person to renew. You can pay by:

  • Bank giro: A giro is a pre-printed form and can be collected from any registration office
  • Credit/debit card: These can be used at Burgh Quay Registration Office and some others

Contact your local office to confirm payment options before you arrive.

Visit your registration office

At the registration office an immigration officer will examine your documents and decide whether to extend your immigration permission and renew your registration. Read about what happens at a registration office.

If approved, the immigration officer will:

The process for issuing stamps and IRPs is different if you renew in Dublin or outside Dublin.

About your permission stamp and Irish Residence Permit (IRP)

Permission stamp

A permission stamp gives you permission to stay in Ireland. It also indicates the:

  • Activities you can and cannot do here, eg work
  • Time period you are allowed to stay

As a researcher, your passport will (typically) be stamped with permission stamp 1 and you will be given permission to stay for another 12 months.

You cannot be granted permission past the expiry date of your passport.

Irish Residence Permit (IRP)

The Irish Residence Permit (IRP) is your registration certificate. It indicates:

  • That your permission to stay in Ireland has been registered
  • The type of permission you have, ie stamp number

You must carry your IRP with you at all times and present it to an immigration officer or a member of An Garda Síochána, if requested.

IMPORTANT: An Irish Residence Permit (IRP) does not allow you to travel to or live freely in other EU countries. All existing travel and immigration rules still apply.

Renewal in Dublin

If your visit is successful, the immigration officer will stamp your passport and renew your registration before your appointment ends. They will then arrange to send your new IRP to you by post.

Make sure to confirm your exact address (including Eircode) before you leave the registration office.

Your IRP should arrive a few days later. If it does not arrive within 10 working days, contact us.

Note: The IRP - which has replaced the old registration certificate (GNIB card) - is no longer issued during appointments. Read about this change.

Renewal outside Dublin

If your visit is successful, the immigration officer will record your details and arrange a new date/time for you to return to the office to finish your renewal.

Your renewal cannot be completed at the first visit because parts of the process are managed centrally.

At your second visit, the immigration officer will stamp your passport, renew your registration and give you a new Irish Residence Permit (IRP).

You must return to the registration office to get your stamp and IRP. If not, you may become illegally present in this country.

4. After you register

If your Irish Residence Permit (IRP) does not arrive (Dublin only)

Your IRP should arrive by post within 5 to 10 working days.

You must contact us if it does not arrive within 10 working days.

We will then investigate and (if necessary) prepare a replacement for you.

Lost or stolen Irish Residence Permit (IRP)

You must contact us if your IRP is lost or stolen.

We will then investigate and (if necessary) prepare a replacement for you.

Update or modify your registration details

Contact us to update your registration if your personal details or circumstances change, for example:

  • You change your home/postal address
  • Your activity in Ireland changes, eg your work here ends
  • We made an error, eg we misspelled your name
  • Other details change, eg you change your name/gender

In some cases, we may issue you with a new Irish Residence Permit (IRP).

5. Manage permission & registration

Renew your permission & registration

Your permission and registration are usually valid for 12 months. You must visit a registration office to renew them up to 2 weeks before they expire, if you wish to stay in Ireland.

Future applications could be affected by gaps in your record if you do not renew in time. In some circumstances, you may have to leave the country.

Change your permission

In some circumstances you may be able to change what you are allowed to do in Ireland or how long you can stay by applying for a change of immigration permission.

To change, you must already have a valid (unexpired) stamp and be able to prove you meet the conditions of the permission you want.

Read a longer description about how to change your immigration permission.

Path to long term residence

You may be able to apply for long term residence if you have been lawfully resident in Ireland for several years and have no unexplained gaps in your immigration record.

For example, after 5 years' lawful residence you may be able to apply for Stamp 4.

With Stamp 4 you no longer need a Hosting Agreement or Employment Permit to work and your permission to remain lasts 5 years.

 

Contact & help

If you have questions, check the support centre for help.

Updated: 8 December 2017

Page history

8 December 2017

Descriptions updated to reflect change from 'GNIB card' to Irish Residence Permit (IRP).

2 November 2016

Text change from: "Make your booking 6 weeks before your registration expires to get an appointment during the 2 week renewal period. (You cannot book more than 6 weeks in advance.)"

5 September 2016

Page published.