Renew Stamp 2 or 2A as an English or Irish language student
To remain in Ireland lawfully when your current Stamp 2 or 2A expires, you must renew your immigration permission and registration in person at a registration office.
In some circumstances you may not be able to renew, eg your course has ended. If you think you no longer meet the conditions for Stamp 2/2A, contact us for advice before you go to a registration office.
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Before you renew
Check your expiry date
As an English or Irish language student, your permission and registration is valid for 8 months.
Your expiry date is shown on the stamp in your passport and on your Certificate of Registration (GNIB card).
To apply for a renewal, you must visit a registration office during the 2 week renewal period before expiry.
If you do not renew in time, future applications could be affected by gaps in your immigration record. In some circumstances you may have to leave the country.
Find a registration office
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.
Make your booking 10 weeks before your registration expires to get an appointment during the 2 week renewal period. (You cannot book more than 10 weeks in advance.)
Do not go to Burgh Quay without an appointment, as you will not be allowed to renew.
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.
You may need an appointment to visit a regional registration office. Contact your local office before you visit to check opening days & times.
When you renew
Documents you will need
You must bring the following:
- Your passport
- An original letter from your college/school confirming you are enrolled as a student & other details (see note 1 below)
- Proof that you have an attendance record of at least 85% (see note 2 below)
- Proof that you have paid college/school fees (see note 3 below)
- Proof that you have private medical insurance (see note 4 below)
If any of these are missing, you cannot be given continued permission to stay in Ireland and your registration won't be renewed.
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You need an original letter from your college/school that shows you are enrolled on a full time course with a minimum of 15 hours of lessons (day time) each week between 9am - 5pm.
The letter must also show:
- The name of your course
- The duration of the course
You need an original letter that shows you have attended a minimum of 85% of all lessons.
You may use an original receipt from your college/school (showing the amount paid) as proof.
You cannot use travel insurance as an alternative.
Cost & payment options
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 card or 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 the registration office
At the registration office an immigration officer will examine your documents, check existing records and update your details, eg new photo.
They will also collect the fee.
Most renewal visits take about 1 hour, including some waiting periods. Read more about what happens when you visit a registration office.
If your renewal is successful
Before you leave the registration office, the immigration officer will:
- Put a fresh stamp in your passport to grant you permission to stay
- Give you a new Certificate of Registration to show you have been registered
The type of stamp indicates the conditions of your permission, including the:
- Activities you can - and cannot do - in Ireland
- Time period you are allowed to stay
The Certificate of Registration (GNIB Card) indicates that:
- Your permission to stay here has been registered
- It also includes the name of the stamp in your passport
After you renew
Update or modify your details
You should inform us if your personal details or circumstances change, for example:
- The reasons underlying your permission change, eg your course ends
- You change your home/postal address
- Other details change, eg you change your name
You should also contact us if there is a problem with your documents (eg we misspelled your name) or if you lose or damage your Certificate of Registration or stamp.
Working while you study
In some circumstances you may be allowed to work while you study, eg to help support yourself financially.
However, there are limits on what you can do and the total hours you can work.
Renew again or change permission
Permission expiry & renewal
Most stamps for English or Irish language study are valid for 8 months.
If you wish to stay in Ireland longer, you must stay on your existing course (or begin a new course) and then renew your permission and registration again before the next expiry date.
The total time you can be given permission to study the English or Irish language is 2 years, ie 3 stamps of 8 months each.
Note: You can only be given permission up to the expiry date on your passport.
If you do not renew in time, future applications could be affected by gaps in your immigration record. In some circumstances, you may have to leave the country.
Change your permission/stamp
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 permission, eg if you marry an Irish national.
To change, you must already have a valid (unexpired) stamp and be able to prove you meet the conditions of the permission you want.
If you have questions, contact us.
Updated: 2 November 2016
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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