When you are granted permission to reside in Ireland, an officer will place an Irish immigration stamp in your passport.
There are several types of Irish immigration stamp with different names, referenced by number. Each stamp indicates a type of permission to stay in Ireland, including the activities you can and cannot do in Ireland, such as permission to work or study, and the time period you are allowed to stay.
It is crucial to understand what this stamp means, and the rights and responsibilities it places on you. If you break the conditions of your Irish immigration stamp, you may have to leave Ireland.
The time you accumulate on certain stamps may be used to calculate your ‘reckonable residence‘ (subject to conditions) if you apply for Irish citizenship by naturalisation.
The table below outlines the range of stamps and which rights and responsibilities come with it, as well as whether or not time spent on that stamp is considered reckonable residence for Irish citizenship by naturalisation.
Irish immigration stamps: an overview
|Stamp||Typical situations*||Conditions||Private medical insurance required?||Reckonable residence for citizenship?||Registration||Renewal|
|Stamp 0||Retirees, visiting academics, dependants of EEA/Swiss nationals||For temporary period, no work allowed||Yes||No||Registration||Renewal|
|Stamp 1||Workers with Employment Permit and their spouses/partners, working holiday, business||For temporary period, work authorized within defined parameters||Yes||Yes||Registration||Renewal|
|Stamp 1A||Full time, paid accountancy training||Temporary, Cannot work or engage in any other business, trade or profession||Yes||No||Registration||Renewal|
|Stamp 1G||Graduates of level 8 courses and above||Temporary, can work up to 40 hours per week||Yes||No||Must hold a Stamp 2 registration when applying||If you wish to continue working after Stamp 1G expires, you must find a job that requires an Employment Permit|
|Stamp 2||Full-time study in a course on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP) (e.g. language students, undergraduates, postgraduates)||Temporary, can work up to 20 hours per week during term and 40 hours per week during holidays||Yes||No||Registration||Renewal|
|Stamp 2A||Full-time study in a course not on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP) (e.g. third level semester abroad / to study at a private secondary school)||Temporary, Cannot work or engage in any business, trade or profession||Yes||No||Registration||Renewal|
|Stamp 3||Volunteers, Ministers of religion||Temporary, Cannot work or engage in any business, trade or profession||Yes||Yes||Registration||Renewal|
|Stamp 4||Workers who have spent requisite time period on an Employment Permit, family reunification (inc. spouses/partners of EU citizens, Stamp 4 EUFam), investors & entrepreneurs, certain refugees||Permission to stay for specified period (usually 5 years), can work without Employment Permit, can establish and operate a business||No||Yes||Registration||Renewal|
|Stamp 5||Person has completed 8 years of legal residency||Permission to stay without condition as to time (valid to expiry date of your passport)||No||Yes||Registration||N/A|
|Stamp 6||Dual citizenship||Permission to remain in Ireland with full citizenship rights||No||N/A||By appointment only||N/A|
*These lists may not be exhaustive.