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How to Apply for Stamp 0 in Ireland

Stamp 0 permit allows non-EEA and non-Swiss nationals to reside in Ireland for a temporary period, subject to conditions.

For more information and guidance about the Stamp 0 application process in Ireland and to receive professional advice from our team of immigration experts, call us today on +353 061 518 025 or chat with us online.

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    Overview of Stamp 0 in Ireland

    Non-EEA (the EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and non-Swiss foreign nationals can obtain Stamp 0 permission to remain in the Republic of Ireland (also referred to as the State) for a temporary period, provided they:

    • Are either financially self-sufficient or their sponsor in Ireland is of independent means and can fully support them financially
    • Will not claim any benefits or use publicly funded services, such as public hospitals, while in Ireland
    • Have private medical insurance
    • Will not work or engage in any business, trade or profession in Ireland unless specified in their letter of permission from Immigration Service Delivery (ISD)

    A Stamp 0 permit does not allow the holder permanent residence, employment or social benefits in Ireland. However, it can be a suitable immigration option for certain individuals as it otherwise allows them to reside in Ireland without restriction (although temporarily) and to enter and exit the State usually without any difficulty.

    There are, in general, three pathways for Stamp 0:

    • You are a foreign national of independent means seeking to retire to Ireland
    • You are an elderly dependent relative of an Irish National or a non-EEA/non-Swiss citizen lawfully residing in Ireland, and you are wishing to join them
    • You are a visiting academic/researcher at an Irish college or university for a period of up to 12 months.
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    Stamp 0 Application Process

    The Stamp 0 application process involves a number of steps. The process may slightly vary depending on the applicant’s chosen pathway to Stamp 0, as discussed previously.

    Before you start with the application process, please note that:

    • Stamp 0 applications will not be accepted if made from within the State, and
    • If you are from a visa-required country for Ireland, you will need to apply for a visa to enter Ireland after you have received your letter of offer to be given a Stamp 0

    We will now discuss the steps in the Stamp 0 application process in detail, covering all pathways as well as foreign nationals from both visa-exempt and visa-required countries.

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    Step 1: Apply for Permission

    The application process for Stamp 0 begins with completing the application form, i.e. the Temporary Permission to Remain (TPER) (Stamp 0) form. This is a paper-based application process, so you will need to take a printout of the form from the Department of Justice website.

    Before you start filling up the form, please go through the associated criteria in the Department of Justice website, as applicable to you.

    Once you have completed the form, please send the same along with the required supporting documents to either of the below addresses, depending on your chosen pathway to Stamp 0:

    Stamp 0 – Dependent Elderly Section
    Unit C – Domestic Residence and Permissions Division
    Immigration Service Delivery
    Department of Justice
    13-14 Burgh Quay
    Dublin 2
    DO2 XK70

    Or

    Stamp 0 – Independent Means Section
    Unit C – Domestic Residence and Permissions Division
    Immigration Service Delivery
    Department of Justice
    13-14 Burgh Quay
    Dublin 2
    DO2 XK70

    Or

    Stamp 0 – Visiting Academic Section
    Unit C – Domestic Residence and Permissions Division
    Immigration Service Delivery
    Department of Justice
    13-14 Burgh Quay
    Dublin 2
    DO2 XK70

    If your application is successful, the Domestic Residence and Permissions Division will send you a Conditional Letter of Offer as well as an Agreement Form. The letter of offer is issued on the condition that you meet any required visa checks (if you are from a visa-required country). In all cases, your entry to Ireland is subject to the discretion of the immigration officer at your port of entry.

    Step 2: Apply for Visa

    Overview

    If you are a visa required person for Ireland and have received your Conditional Letter of Offer, you must apply for a visa before travelling to Ireland. You will need to apply in your local visa office for the entry visa.

    The type of entry visa will depend on your Stamp 0 permission to remain:

    • D-Join family visa: Apply for a D-Join family visa if you wish to join your family in Ireland as an elderly dependent relative
    • D-Reside visa: Apply for a D-Reside visa if you wish to reside in Ireland as a person of independent means on Stamp 0 conditions
    • Visa for visiting academics/researchers: Apply for a visa from your local visa office to enter Ireland. Please select ‘other’ while stating the purpose of your visit on the visa application, and explain in detail the purpose of your visit in the space provided

    When submitting your application for a D-Join family or D-Reside visa, you must include your conditional letter of offer along with the rest of supporting documents.

    If You Are From a Visa-Exempt Country for Ireland

    Non-visa required foreign nationals who wish to retire in Ireland and meet all specified conditions, may travel to Ireland once they have received their Conditional Letter of Offer. Similarly, visa-exempt nationals coming to Ireland as visiting academics/researchers, may travel to Ireland upon receiving their Conditional Letter of Offer.

    In both these scenarios, they are not required to apply for a visa at their local visa office.

    Non-visa required foreign nationals wishing to join family in Ireland as elderly dependent relatives, however, can travel to Ireland only when they have (a) received their Conditional Letter of Offer and (b) applied for, and been granted, the correct D-Join family visa.

    However, please note that even if you do not require a visa to travel to Ireland, your entry to Ireland will always be at the discretion of the immigration officer at your port of entry.

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      Step 3: Complete the Application Process

      Once you have arrived in Ireland, you will need to complete your Stamp 0 application process by sending your Conditional Letter of Offer, the signed Agreement Form, and your passport to the aforementioned addresses. Please choose the one applicable in your case.

      Fees

      There is no fee for Stamp 0 application. However, while registering your permission after your arrival in the State, you (or your sponsor) will be required to pay a fee of €300 for your Irish Residence Permit (IRP) card.

      Processing Time

      The average processing time is four months for Stamp 0 permission to remain. However, you may experience delays if you have not submitted all of the required documents with your original application.

      It is, therefore, advisable to provide as much information, and as many relevant documents, as possible supporting your application in the first place, to avoid unnecessary to and fro between you and the Irish immigration authorities.

      If you are from a visa-required country for Ireland, you must also take into account the processing time of your visa at your local immigration office while planning your potential travel dates to Ireland.

      Register Your Permission

      If your application is successful, the Domestic Residence and Permissions Division will add a stamp to your passport and return the same to you.

      Once you receive your passport with the Stamp 0, you must visit the registration office in Dublin, or at a local Garda station if you are residing outside of Dublin, within 90 days from your arrival in the State to register your permission.

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        Documentation Required for Stamp 0 Application

        You will be required to submit certain supporting documents along with your initial application for permission. The list of documents will vary depending on your chosen pathway for Stamp 0.

        Stamp 0 Supporting Documents for Elderly Dependent Relatives

        • Copies of all pages of your current passport
        • Copy of your birth certificate
        • Proof of relationship to your sponsor (e.g. birth certificate of the sponsor)
        • Details of all family members residing in Ireland along with their legal status in the State
        • Your sponsor’s proof of funds, such as six months of their bank statements and payslips
        • Proofs that your sponsor and their spouse/partner have an income of €60,000 after tax and deductions for one parent and €75,000 for two parents for the three years prior to the application
        • Details of accommodation to be provided for you
        • Proofs of your private medical insurance with full cover in private hospitals
        • Police Clearance Certificate from your home country
        • Health declaration, such as a letter from your local doctor informing of your present state of health
        • Your future intentions in Ireland
        • Any other information relevant to your immigration circumstances
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        Stamp 0 Supporting Documents for People of Independent Means

        • Copies of all pages of your current passport
        • Copy of your birth certificate
        • Copy of your marriage certificate
        • Reason for request for permission
        • Details of all family members residing in Ireland along with their legal status in the State
        • Details of Irish Associations, if any
        • Proof of funds, such as six months of your bank statements etc.
        • Proof of finances verified by an Irish based accountant listing your yearly income and any financial liabilities. Your finances must be in the form of pension income or readily accessible funds
        • Proofs of your private medical insurance with full cover in private hospitals
        • Police Clearance Certificate from your home country
        • Health declaration, such as a letter from your local doctor informing of your present state of health
        • Any other information relevant to your immigration circumstances

        Stamp 0 Supporting Documents for Visiting Academics/Researchers

        • Copies of all pages of your current passport
        • Reason for request for permission
        • Details of all family members residing in Ireland along with their legal status in the State
        • Proof of funds, such as six months of your bank statements, payslips etc.
        • Letter from an Irish college/university confirming you will be working there. This letter should also mention the length of this arrangement (up to 12 months)
        • Letter from your home college/university specifying your position there. This letter must mention that you will be paid by your home college/university while in Ireland
        • Proofs of your private medical insurance with full cover in private hospitals
        • Police Clearance Certificate from your home country
        • Any other information relevant to your immigration circumstances.

        Renew Your Stamp 0 Permission

        A Stamp 0 permission is usually renewable annually. Your original letter of permission will mention if your permission is renewable.

        To renew your Stamp 0 permission, you must complete the TPER Renewal Form. You must send your renewal application four months prior to the expiry of your permission to the address provided below:

        Stamp 0 – Renewal
        Unit C – Domestic Residence and Permissions Division
        Immigration Service Delivery
        Department of Justice
        13-14 Burgh Quay
        Dublin 2
        DO2 XK70

        However, if a holder of Stamp 0 permission is found to be in breach of any or all of the initial conditions, the permission may not be renewed.

        For example, since the holder of a Stamp 0 permission to remain cannot work, establish, or operate a business in Ireland, to do so will be a breach of the terms and conditions of the permission to remain. This may result in a revocation of the permission and/or refusal to renew.

        Documents Required to Renew Your Stamp 0 Permission

        To renew your Stamp 0 permission, you will need to submit the following documents:

        • Biometric page of your current passport, i.e. the page that displays your photo, passport number and date of birth
        • The page of your passport that has your current Stamp 0
        • Copies of the front and back pages of your current IRP card
        • Your new permission letter from the Department of Justice that details the conditions under which you were granted a Stamp 0
        • Proof of your private medical insurance

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        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.

        We will work with you to ensure your completed application form and required documents are submitted to specification. Get in touch with us today on +353 (0) 615 180 25 or chat with us online to start your journey to success.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  People belonging to the below categories are eligible to sponsor their elderly dependent relative in Ireland:

                  • An Irish national
                  • An EEA/Swiss citizen
                  • A non-EU/EEA national, residing legally in the State through an employment permit
                  • A foreign national living in Ireland on an immigration Stamp 4 or Stamp 5
                  • A researcher under a Hosting Agreement
                  • A PhD student, studying in an Irish accredited programme
                  • A Minister of Religion holding an immigration Stamp 3

                  However, all the above individuals will have to prove their financial eligibility to sponsor their elderly dependent relative in the State.

                  No. Since April 2021, your immigration permission is not linked to the expiration date on your passport. However, when you receive a new passport, please contact the registration office in Dublin, or your local Garda station if you are residing outside of Dublin, to update your details.

                  No. Stamp 0 is a temporary residence permit. As such, the time you spend in the State based on this permission cannot be counted while calculating your reckonable residence, if you plan to apply for Irish citizenship by naturalisation in future.

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