Permission, stamps & conditions

If your application for permission to stay in Ireland is successful, an immigration officer will put a stamp in your passport. This happens during a visit to a registration office.

About stamps

There are several types of stamp with different names, eg Stamp 0, Stamp 1, etc. Each one indicates a type of permission, including the:

  • Activities you can - and cannot do - in Ireland
  • Time period you are allowed to stay

For example, permission to study a degree in Ireland (as well as other types of study) is indicated by Stamp 2 or 2A.

You must be familiar with your stamp and the conditions that apply to it. If you break these conditions, you may have to leave the country.

The time you accumulate on certain stamps may be used to calculate your 'reckonable residence' (subject to conditions) if you apply for citizenship by naturalisation.

Stamp 0

Stamp 0 indicates permission to stay in Ireland for a temporary period, subject to conditions.

Summary of conditions

You must be of independent means, ie fully financially self-sufficient. Alternatively, your sponsor in Ireland must be of independent means and can support you fully.

You cannot receive any benefits or use publicly funded services, eg be treated at a public hospital. You must have private medical insurance.

You must not work or engage in any business, trade or profession unless specified in a letter of permission from INIS.

Examples when used

You may be given Stamp 0 if you have permission to:

Register or renew

Register for the first time or renew based on Stamp 0

Stamp 1

Stamp 1 indicates permission to work or operate a business in Ireland, subject to conditions.

Summary of conditions

You must not start a job or enter employment unless you or your employer has obtained an employment permit for you.

If you do not have an employment permit you must not engage in any business, trade or profession unless specified in a letter of permission from INIS.

Examples when used

You may be given Stamp 1 if you have permission to:

Register or renew

Register for the first time or renew based on Stamp 1

Stamp 1A

Stamp 1A indicates permission in full time, paid accountancy training (with a named organisation) for a specified period, subject to conditions.

Summary of conditions

You must not engage in any other business, trade or profession unless specified in a letter of permission from INIS.

Examples when used

You may be given Stamp 1A if you have permission to:

Register or renew

Register for the first time or renew based on Stamp 1A

Stamp 1G

Stamp 1G indicates you have finished your studies in Ireland and have permission to look for employment here under the Third Level Graduate Scheme, subject to conditions.

Summary of conditions

You can work for a maximum of 40 hours per week.

If you wish to continue working after Stamp 1G expires, you must find a job that requires an employment permit and then follow the usual application process.

Your other permissions and conditions remain the same as for Stamp 2/2A.

Examples when used

You may be given Stamp 1G if you have permission to:

Stamp 2

Stamp 2 indicates permission to study a full time course on the official Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP) for a specified period, subject to conditions.

Summary of conditions

You cannot receive any benefits or use publicly funded services (eg public hospitals) unless you have an entitlement via other means.

You can work in casual employment for a maximum of 20 hours per week during school term and 40 hours per week during holidays. You must not engage in any other business or trade.

Examples when used

You may be given Stamp 2 if you have permission to study the following:

Register or renew

Register for the first time or renew based on Stamp 2

Stamp 2A

Stamp 2A indicates permission for full time study in Ireland for a course that is not on the official Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP), for a specified period.

For example, this may include a semester of studying abroad at an Irish university by a foreign student.

You cannot receive any benefits or use publicly funded services, eg public hospitals. You must have private medical insurance.

You must not work or engage in any business, trade or profession.

Register or renew

Register for the first time or renew based on Stamp 2A

Stamp 3

Stamp 3 indicates permission to stay in Ireland for a specified period, subject to conditions.

Summary of conditions

You cannot work or engage in any business, trade or profession.

You must renew permission according to the terms by which it was granted.

You must not stay in the State longer than the date specified by your permission.

Examples when used

You may be given Stamp 3 if you have permission to:

Register or renew

Register for the first time or renew based on Stamp 3

Stamp 4

Summary of conditions

Stamp 4 indicates permission to stay in Ireland for a specified period, subject to conditions.

Examples when used

You may be given Stamp 4 if you have permission to:

You may also be given Stamp 4 if you have been:

Register or renew

Register for the first time or renew based on Stamp 4

Stamp 5

Stamp 5 indicates permission to stay in Ireland without limits on the time you can remain here, subject to other conditions.

The stamp will be valid up to the expiry date on your passport.

Examples when used

You may be given Stamp 5 if you have permission to:

Stamp 6

Stamp 6 indicates you are an Irish citizen with dual-citizenship.

Examples when used

You may be given Stamp 6 in your non-Irish passport if you have applied for permission to:

 

Contact

If you have questions, contact us.

Updated: 16 February 2017

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Page history

16 February 2017

Text addition: "Only some types of stamp may be used to calculate reckonable residence if you apply for citizenship by naturalisation."

5 September 2016

Page published.