We are the Immigration Advice Service
If you need to hire the services of an immigration lawyer in the Republic of Ireland, the Immigration Advice Service is here to help.
The IAS is a team of immigration law experts with offices in Ireland and throughout the United Kingdom. With a wealth of experience in all areas of immigration law, we are proud of our reputation as one of the leading immigration law firms in the whole of Ireland and the UK.
The IAS can provide tailored, expert guidance and advice on any immigration issue you might be facing, regardless of its complexity. We can help with all forms of Irish immigration applications including for employment, studying and citizenship, as well as for family members of an Irish resident.
Through hiring one of our highly skilled immigration specialists, you can rest assured that you will be dealing with an eminent immigration law firm. We will work with you to thoroughly assess your situation, and help you to decide the most appropriate course of action to take to achieve your desired result.
What do IAS’ immigration lawyers in Ireland do?
Our professional and friendly team in Ireland can provide support on any immigration issue, whether you are planning to visit for a short period of time, or hope to resettle and build your life in our beautiful country.
We have a proven track record of delivering the results our clients are looking for through utilising our unrivalled expertise, and providing exceptional service.
The IAS is highly experienced in expertly completing and processing visa applications, from relatively simple ‘Short Stay C’ visas to complex Join Family Member Visa applications. We can also provide support to those who have spent several years in Ireland and have taken the decision to apply for Irish citizenship, or dual citizenship.
As well as our standard immigration law services, the IAS also offer full support for asylum seekers and for those who might be facing deportation from Ireland.
Our immigration lawyers are all trained to the highest of standards and have extensive knowledge of Irish immigration law in all its forms. They also engage in continuous professional development, ensuring that their legal immigration knowledge is fully up to date.
The IAS will deal with your case with care, diligence and the utmost professionalism. We believe that we provide the most dedicated and comprehensive immigration law service in the whole of Ireland.
If you cannot meet us in our office in Limerick, this is no barrier to reaching us. You can discuss your case with us remotely, either on the phone, or via Skype. Regardless of where you are located, the IAS is here to help. Simply put, we will work around what is most convenient for you.
We care about each of our clients, and we will strive to secure the immigration decision you are looking for.
How can the IAS help me with my Irish visa application?
One of our highly skilled immigration lawyers will dedicate themselves to your case, tailoring their approach to your needs. We will ensure that you are paired with a lawyer who has experience within the specific area of law your case relates to.
Once a lawyer has been assigned to your case, they will work with you to assess your situation. They will explore what your needs are, what you want to achieve and the steps which can be taken to achieve your desired result.
The IAS provides a range of services for anyone who is looking for help with their immigration issue.
You will receive expert immigration law advice, and your lawyer will discuss the requirements which you need to fulfil in order to qualify for your visa, including all the required documents which need to be included in the application.
They will work with you to formulate your application to the highest of standards, before submitting it to the Department of Justice and Equality. Through employing our services, you will maximise your chances of achieving a successful result.
Your immigration lawyer will:
- Review your case and assess your eligibility
- Investigate the requirements you need to meet to qualify for your visa
- Help you organise an extensive portfolio of documentary evidence for your case
They will also ensure that the application adheres to the administrative standards set out by the Irish government.
Once the application has been fully prepared and completed, your lawyers will submit the application to the Department of Justice and Equality. They will liaise with government officials throughout the process, until a decision has been reached.
Immigration in the Republic of Ireland
Before you make your journey to Ireland, it is very important to establish whether you need a visa.
Those from non-visas required countries, including EU/EEA residents and citizens of Switzerland, will not need a visa to enter Ireland. However, those from outside of these areas will typically need some form of visa, even if they are only visiting Ireland as a tourist.
EU/EEA residents and citizens of Switzerland are free to work in Ireland without any restrictions, as guaranteed by the ‘four freedoms’. Whilst a resident of one of these countries can stay in Ireland free of restrictions for up to 90 days, they will need to be engaged in economic activity or enrolled as a student or vocational trainee if they wish to stay for longer.
Residents from countries outside of these areas will need to apply for a visa when they enter Ireland, whether for a short period of time or with the intention of remaining in Ireland for longer.
A non-EEA national who wishes to reside in Ireland must fulfil certain requirements, which differ depending on the route they take towards legal Irish residency.
One of the most common routes is through the join family member visa. This visa enables non-EEA family members/partners to join their family member/partner in Ireland.
Spouses/civil partners, de facto partners, adult dependents, child dependents and dependents of Critical Skills Employment Permit Holders are all eligible to apply to reside in Ireland via this route.
What are the Irish immigration visas?
The different visas in Ireland are generally split into two categories: Category ‘C’ and Category ‘D’. Category ‘C’ visas are short-stay visas, which include:
- Tourist visas
- Business visas
- Conference or event visas
- Employment (Atypical Working Scheme) visas
- Internship visas
- Marriage visas
- Training visas
- Exam visas
- Medical treatment visas
Category D visas are for those who want to remain in Ireland for extended periods of time. Visas under this category include:
- Study visa
- Join a family member visa
- Employment visa
- Employment (researcher) visa
- Employment (Van der Elst) visa
- Minister of Religion visa
- Volunteer visa
Other types of Irish visas are:
- Re-entry visas. For children under the age of 16 who do not hold an Irish Residence Permit and are returning to Ireland
- Transit visas. For travel through an Irish airport towards another destination
- Multi-entry visas. For those who need to travel to Ireland on short visits, such as for business
What are the Irish immigration stamps?
Citizens of non-visa required countries will not have their passport stamped when they enter into Ireland. However, if you are a citizen of a country which is not a part of these areas, your passport will be stamped by a border official at the Irish border.
The stamp in your passport will relate to the visa/immigration status which you have been granted with. Ultimately, the key point of reference for immigration status in Ireland is the stamp in your passport.
The different stamps indicate the conditions you must live under in Ireland including what you are permitted to do and not do, and how long you are able to legally reside in Ireland.
Stamp 0 is for those who have been granted permission to stay in Ireland for a limited period of time.
One of the main conditions is that you must be able to support yourself financially, and not be a financial burden on the state. Alternatively, your sponsor needs to be able to support you financially.
You will receive a Stamp 0 in your passport under the following circumstances:
- As an elderly dependant relative of a non-EEA/EU citizen or citizen of Switzerland
- As a visiting academic
- As a person of independent financial means, who has a financial threshold of 50,000 euros per annum. This includes those who wish to retire in Ireland
- To extend a short-term visa in the country on humanitarian grounds
- To work for an overseas company in Ireland for a short, specific period of time
You will receive a Stamp 1 in your passport if you have been given the permission to work or operate a business in Ireland. Generally speaking, if you hold an employment permit, you will get a Stamp 1 in your passport when you enter the country.
It is illegal to work in any business, trade or profession if you do not hold an employment permit, unless it is specified in a permission letter from the Department of Justice and Equality.
You will receive Stamp 1 in your passport if you have permission to:
- Work in Ireland based on an employment permit
- Operate a business in Ireland
- Work here based on a Working Holiday Authorisation
The Stamp 1A indicates that you have been offered a full-time paid accountancy training position in Ireland for a specified period of time.
Your passport will be stamped with Stamp 1G if you have finished your studies in Ireland and have been given permission to search for work under the Third Level Graduate Programme.
Under this stamp, you are permitted to work full time in Ireland. However, you cannot operate a business or be self-employed under Stamp 1G.
Stamp 1G could also indicate that you are a spouse/de facto partner of a Critical Skills Employment Permit holder or a spouse/de facto partner of Researchers in the State on Housing Agreements.
Those who fall under this particular category will be permitted to work in Ireland without needing to obtain a work permit, though they will not be eligible to operate a business or be self-employed.
This stamp indicates that you have the permission to study full time on a course which is on the official Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP) for a specified period.
Under this stamp, you cannot use public services in Ireland or receive any benefits, unless you have an entitlement via other means.
You will be eligible to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during the school term, and up to 40 hours per week during holidays.
You will receive a Stamp 2 in your passport if you have been given permission to study:
- An English language course for more than 90 days
- Higher national diploma
- Degree (undergraduate)
- Master’s degree (postgraduate)
Stamp 2A is similar to the aforementioned Stamp 2. It indicates permission to study a full-time course which is not on the ILEP for a specified period of time. Under Stamp 2A, you cannot work or engage in any business activity during your time in Ireland.
This stamp is given to those who are spending a semester studying at an Irish university or college, or someone who is studying at a private secondary school in Ireland.
Stamp 3 indicates that you have permission to stay in Ireland for a specified period of time. This stamp counts as reckonable residence towards naturalisation. Under Stamp 3, you cannot work or engage in any business, trade or profession.
Stamp 3 will be given to:
- Ministers of religion
- Those who are joining their non-EEA/EU/Swiss spouse or civil partner or family member who is living in Ireland under a form of work permit
Stamp 4 also indicates that you have permission to stay in Ireland for a certain period of time, and it also counts as reckonable residence towards naturalisation. Stamp 4 gives you the permission to work in Ireland without the need to hold an employment permit. There are also no restrictions on establishing and operating a business in Ireland under Stamp 4.
This stamp could be issued if you have held a valid Critical Skills employment permit for 2 years or a valid employment permit for at least 5 years. You could also receive it if you have worked as a researcher in Ireland for at least 2 years.
You will be issued with Stamp 4 if you have been granted permission to join:
- Your spouse, civil partner or de-facto partner
- Your EU/EEA or Swiss family member based on EU Treaty Rights
- Your child who is an Irish citizen
- A family member who has been given immigration permission based on Stamp 4
- A family member who is a recognised refugee, or has been granted with subsidiary protection
It could also be given in the following circumstances:
- To someone who has been legally resident in Ireland for a minimum of five years
- To those who have been living in Ireland under the Investor and Entrepreneur Programme
- To those living in Ireland as a convention or programme refugee, or based on subsidiary protection
This stamp indicates that you have permission to stay in Ireland without any time limits on your residency. Essentially, those with Stamp 5 in their passport are holders of a form of permanent Irish residence.
Sometimes known as the Without Condition As To Time stamp, Stamp 5 could be given to those who have been living lawfully in Ireland for eight years.
Stamp 6 is reserved solely for those who have become Irish citizens, but hold dual citizenship.
It is not a legal requirement to employ an immigration lawyer when completing a visa/immigration application. However, if you want to give yourself the best possible chance of achieving the outcome you are looking for, it is highly advised that you employ the services of an immigration lawyer.
Here at the Immigration Advice Service, our lawyers are trained to the highest standards and are experienced in all areas of Irish immigration law. We are confident that we will deliver the results you are looking for.
For immediate expert help on any immigration issue, please do not hesitate to contact us on (+353) 061 518 025.
You won’t be subject to any immigration controls in Ireland as a UK citizen, regardless of whether you are visiting Ireland, or wish to reside here for an extended period of time. UK citizens are not subject to the Aliens Act 1935, which means they do not need any form of residence or employment permit to live in Ireland.
Generally speaking, UK citizens can freely use public services in Ireland, and are entitled to the same rights as Irish citizens in this regard. Also, UK citizens are able to vote in local, national and European elections, though they cannot vote in presidential elections.
Yes, you will need to apply for a visa in this situation. If you are the spouse of your partner in Ireland, or if you are in a de facto relationship or civil partnership with them, you can apply for the Join Family Member Visa.
If your partner has been in Ireland for more than three months, they must be engaged in economic activity, or be enrolled as a student or vocational trainee in order for you to be able to join them on the basis of being the partner of the EEA/EU/Swiss citizen.
Every visa application is unique, with different sets of requirements and varying processing times. In addition to this, the documents which need to be provided in the application will differ depending on the particular circumstances of the applicant. For these reasons, unfortunately, we cannot give a definitive answer to this question.
It is also worth noting that the visa processing times of the Irish Visa Office need to be taken into consideration. Ordinarily, the Irish Visa Office will process a visa application within 8 weeks of it being received.
There are different routes which can lead to Irish citizenship. If you have been lawfully living in Ireland for five years, you will be eligible to apply for Irish citizenship. This applies to anyone who has lived in Ireland for five years, regardless of their original country of citizenship.
One of the most common methods of obtaining citizenship is through the route of descent. If one of your parents was born in Ireland and was an Irish citizen when you were born, or if you have an Irish grandparent, you will be eligible for Irish citizenship through descent.
It is possible to obtain Irish citizenship through marriage too. If you have been married to an Irish citizen for at least three years, and have also lived in Ireland for at least three years, you will be eligible for Irish citizenship through marriage.
There are also routes towards Irish citizenship for refugees and those under humanitarian protection.
Bear in mind that there are certain conditions and requirements which need to be met regardless of the route towards citizenship.
If you are a citizen from an EU/EEA country or from Switzerland you do not need to apply for a visa to study in Ireland. Ireland is a part of the European Single Market, which is an arrangement enabling free movement of people within these areas.
However, if you are from a non-EEA country, you will need to apply for a Tourist Visa or a Study Visa to study in Ireland, depending on the length of your course. Your course must be a full-time one in order to be eligible to receive a tourist/ study visa.
If you are looking to study a course for less than three months, you will need to apply for a Category ‘C’ Tourist Visa. If the course is for more than three months, you need to apply for a Category ‘D’ Study Visa.
Your passport will be stamped if you enter into Ireland through the category ‘D’ study visa route.
If your course is recognised on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP), you will receive Stamp 2 in your passport when you enter the country. With this stamp, you are entitled to work for up to 20 hours per week during term time and up to 40 hours per week outside of term time.
If your course is not a recognised one on the ILEP, your passport will be stamped with Stamp 2A when you enter Ireland. Under the rules of this stamp, you cannot enter into any employment or engage in any business or profession whilst in Ireland.
British citizens who are married to Irish citizens may apply for citizenship through marriage and if this is approved, they can apply for an Irish passport. To be eligible, you must meet the Irish passport requirements, which include having been issued a certificate of naturalisation and attended your citizenship ceremony.
This also applies to individuals of other countries who are legal spouses of Irish citizens (marriage or civil partnership).