Irish Residence Permit
The Irish permanent residency permit is a document that grants its holders permission to remain and work in Ireland for five years without the need of applying for a work permit.
Therefore, if foreign nationals have worked and lived in Ireland legally for a minimum of five years on an employment permit issued by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, they may be eligible to apply for a long-term residency.
- Irish Residence Permit
- Eligibility criteria for Irish Residency
- Documents required for the Irish Residency application
- How to Apply for the Irish Permanent Residency
- Long-Term Residency Application for Spouse/dependant
- Pathways to becoming an Irish Citizen
- How Can IAS Help?
- Frequently Asked Questions
Eligibility criteria for Irish Residency
Foreign nationals who wish to apply for a long-term Irish permanent residency must:
- Have concluded at least 60 months of legal residence in Ireland, and should show authorising stamps on their passport or valid Irish Residence Permit (IRP) cards.
- Have not been an unnecessary responsibility of the state i.e. they must not have received a social welfare payment that is unrelated to their Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI) contributions.
- Have held employment or critical skills permits (green cards) issued by the Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment.
- Have been of good character and have not had criminal records.
- Hold gainful employment (not self-employment) before, during, and after the application process.
- Be residing legally in the country at the time they make the application, as validated by the immigration stamps in their passport or a valid IRP card.
- Have kept the conditions of previous permissions received to reside in Ireland.
Residency in Ireland for this scheme is computed by considering the stamps in the applicant’s passport or the validity of their expired Irish Residence Permit (IRP) cards, not by reference to the start and end dates on their employment permits.
Periods of time that do not have a stamp on the applicant’s passport or for which they do not hold a valid IRP card will not be regarded or counted.
To prove they meet the eligibility criteria for the Irish permanent residency application, applicants must provide the following documents:
- Completed application form.
- Full-colour copies of their past and current passport or IRP cards showing all their immigration stamps.
- A copy of their current Irish Residence Permit (IRP) or Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) Card.
- A copy of their employment contract or a letter from their employer, detailing commencement and terms of employment.
- Full-colour copies of all employment permits issued by the Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment.
- Documentation that proves that they have been residing continuously in Ireland. This may include copies of tenancy agreements, bank statements, State issued documents, etc.
Approved Immigration Stamps
To be considered while applying, the immigration stamp(s) on applicants’ passport or valid IRP must be any of the following:
- Stamp 1– This is granted because the applicant held a valid work permit or critical skills permit issued by the Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment.
- Stamp 4– This is granted because the applicant held a valid green card/critical skills employment permit issued by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.
Unaccepted Immigration Stamps
The types of stamps that are not accepted for the long-term residency application include the following:
- Stamp 0.
- Holder of Contract for Services Employment Permit – Stamp 1.
- Permission to apply for a work permit – Stamp 1.
- Trainee Accountants – Stamp 1A.
- Immigrant Investor Programme – Stamp 4.
- Start-Up Entrepreneur Programme – Stamp 4.
- Atypical Working Scheme – Stamp 1.
- Permission granted by the Minister for Justice granting permission to work without the need for an employment permit – Stamp 1.
- Permission granted under the Policy for 5-year workers and redundant workers – Stamp 1/4.
- Student – Stamp 2 or Stamp 2A or Stamp 1G (student graduate conditions).
- Special Student scheme – Stamp 4S.
- 2004 Student Probationary extension – Stamp 4.
- Intra Company Transfer – Stamp 4.
- Spouse or dependent of an Intra Company Transfer – Stamp 3.
- Working Holiday Authorisation – Stamp 1.
- Spouse of Irish National – Stamp 4.
- Spouse or dependent of a non-EEA national in the State, who does not hold an employment permit – Stamp 3.
- EU Treaty Rights – Stamp 4 EUFAM.
- De Facto partner – Stamp 3/4.
- Parent of Irish Citizen Child – Stamp 4.
- Parent of Irish-Born Child (IBC 05 scheme) – Stamp 4.
- Self-Employed – Stamp 4.
- Business permission – Stamp 1.
- Investor /Entrepreneur permission– Stamp 4.
- Temporary Registered Doctors – Stamp 4.
- Missionary/Volunteer – Stamp 3.
- Temporary visitor’s permission granted at the port of entry.
- Permission granted under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 – Stamp 1/3/4.
- Family Reunification – Stamp 4.
- Refugee Status – Stamp 4.
- Subsidiary protection – Stamp 4.
- International protection – Stamp 4.
- Permission granted under International Protection Act Family Reunification Scheme – Stamp 4.
- Student scheme – Stamp 4S.
- Cancelled stamps.
- Turkish Association – Stamp 1/4.
- Time spent as a Diplomat in the State.
- Permission under the Labour Market Access Scheme.
- Permission as a victim of human trafficking.
- Permission as the victim of domestic violence.
- Temporary stamp 1 permissions granted to applicants for them to apply for a new employment permit will not be counted towards their eligibility for this scheme.
How to Apply for the Irish Permanent Residency
Applicants may proceed to the Irish government Immigration website to download the long-term residency application form. They must follow the instructions guide attached to it on how to fill it correctly.
They must send the completed application form, along with all required documentation, to the following address:
Residence Unit 3
Immigration Service Delivery
Department of Justice
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2 D02 XK70
Applicants should ensure that they send only fully completed application forms as incomplete ones will be rejected and returned.
Long-Term Residency Application for Spouse/dependant
The spouse and/or dependant(s) of a long-term residency holder (Stamp 4) can apply for long-term residency. The type of employment permits initially held by the long-term residency holder (their spouse) in the State will determine the type of permission they will be granted.
If they held a general work permit for 5 years, their spouse or dependents will be granted stamp 3 for 5 years. Their spouse or dependants will be granted stamp 1G for 5 years if they held a critical skills employment permit.
Spouse or dependant(s) will be eligible if they:
- Are of good character and have not become an undue burden on the State.
- Have lived legally in Ireland as a spouse/dependant for the required 60-month period.
- Have not broken the conditions of their previous permissions to remain in Ireland.
- Are currently legally resident in Ireland when they make the application, which is shown by an immigration stamp in their passport/ valid IRP card.
- Are the spouse/dependant(s) of a person who has been granted Long Term Residency on Stamp 4 conditions and still holds this permission, when they make their application.
Irish Descent or Irish Association
Section 16 of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act allows the Minister to waive some conditions in certain circumstances including if the applicant is of Irish descent or Irish association.
Irish descent or association, in this case, means if the applicant is related through blood, affinity, or adoption to a person who is an Irish citizen or entitled to be an Irish citizen, alive or deceased.
Applications under this Act must be supported with substantive documentation. Processing time for these applications is usually over 30 months.
Applicants may submit their permanent residency application through the mail to the Long Term Residency Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).
Foreign Births Register
Applicants born outside of Ireland who have an Irish national grandparent born in Ireland are entitled to obtain Irish citizenship through registration in the Foreign Births Register which is maintained by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Applicants born on the island of Ireland or whose parents were born there before 2005 are Irish citizens and can apply for an Irish passport without applying for Irish citizenship.
If the applicant or their parent were born on the island of Ireland on or after 1 January 2005, their right to citizenship would depend on the parent’s citizenship at the time of birth and the residency history of one of the parents before the birth.
An Irish citizen is recognised as a national of Ireland and a citizen of the European Union (EU). They can live and work in Ireland or the EU and can carry an Irish passport.
Applicants may be considered for Irish citizenship by naturalisation if they are living in the State or are living on the island of Ireland and married to an Irish citizen.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony where they will receive a Certificate of Naturalisation and make a declaration of fidelity to the nation and loyalty to the State.
Eligibility Requirements to apply for Naturalisation
Adults who apply must:
- Be aged 18 or over, or married if aged under 18.
- Meet the relevant conditions for residence.
- Intend to reside in the State or if they are spouse/civil partner of an Irish citizen who intends to reside on the island of Ireland.
- Be of good character.
- Attend a citizenship ceremony and make the declaration of fidelity.
Dependent young adults who apply must be between 18 and 23 years and have entered the State legally as part of a family.
In addition, they must be dependent on their parents, and be currently attending secondary school or have passed from secondary school into third-level education in the State.
Minors aged under 18 and married cannot make the application themselves. The application must be made by someone acting on their behalf such as a legal guardian or parents.
Non-EU, non-EEA nationals or non-Swiss nationals who wish to apply for citizenship by naturalisation must show proof that they have been and are currently legally resident in the state.
They must also have enough reckonable residence in the State (1825 or 1826 days of reckonable residence determined by their accumulated stamps and one full year of continuous residence before the date they make their application).
To increase your chances of being granted long-term residency and to avoid errors in the application process, our expert immigration consultants are readily available to help. Our immigration consultants in Ireland are highly qualified in all areas of immigration law, just like an immigration lawyer.
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Last modified on October 13th, 2023 at 9:12 am
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Provided you meet the eligibility requirements and you are the spouse or dependant of an Irish permanent residence holder, you are also eligible to apply.
Your family member or spouse, however, must have already been granted their own permanent residency on a Stamp 4 before you can apply.
You will receive a letter from Immigration Service Delivery stating that your application has been approved and asking you to pay a fee of €500 within 28 days from the date of that letter.
You will be issued an official letter granting you long-term residency for five years when this fee has been received and processed. This will allow you to work without an employment permit.
Also, you must visit your local immigration office to register this permission and pay the required registration fee, which is separate from the €500 permission fee.
If the fee is not paid within the specified days, your application will be closed without notifying you.
However, if you wish to complete the Long Term Residency process at a later date, you should note that you might encounter delays as you may need to repeat some steps in the application process.
You can pay the permission fee by way of a bank draft or postal order, made payable to the Secretary-General, Department of Justice. Personal or company cheques are not accepted.
The conditions that apply to your permission to remain in Ireland are that you must:
- Obey the laws of the State.
- Make every effort to remain in employment and not be an undue burden on the State.
- Stay away from criminal activities.
- Must reside continuously in the State. You may spend brief periods outside the State for reasons such as holidays, family emergencies, or work commitments arising from business or employment carried out within the State.
- However, periods of absence from the State in a calendar year, either single or cumulative absences, should not exceed 90 days as long absences from the state may impact any future citizenship application you decide to make.
If you have been granted permission and are found to have falsified information to meet the qualifying criteria, the Minister may revoke your permission.
The Minister will consider the nature of your criminal conviction and must be satisfied that you will remain of good character before proceeding to grant or renew a Long Term Residence permission.
If you have been charged and are currently awaiting trial, your application will be put on hold till the outcome of the trial. Your application will be refused if you fail to inform Immigration Service Delivery of any criminal convictions or trials.
You will receive a letter notifying you of the refusal and giving reasons for the refusal. There is no appeal process and you should carefully consider the reasons for the refusal to make amends where necessary.
You may reapply for long-term residency at any time by yourself or with the help of an expert immigration consultant to ensure you submit a successful application.