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Stamp 4 Ireland

The Stamp 4 Ireland is an immigration stamp allowing non-EEA (European Economic Area) nationals to live, work and study in Ireland. It is the only immigration stamp permitting gainful employment and the access of publicly funded services for the holder.

To learn more about Irish residence permit requirements, call the IAS office on +1 844 290 6312 to speak to a qualified immigration lawyer.

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    What is Stamp 4 in Ireland?

    Irish immigration stamps are de facto residence permits for overseas citizens to legally live and work in Ireland. There are various numbered immigration stamps for Ireland, with Stamp 4 being just one of them.

    Anyone who is not a resident of the EU (European Union), Switzerland or EEA who wishes to stay in Ireland for a period of more than 90 days would normally apply for a formal immigration permission and an employment permit to allow them to legally work. However, Stamp 4 removes the restrictions and conditions of a standard employment permit, and allows the holder to:

    • Legally work in any profession without a relevant employment permit
    • Start and/or run a business of their own
    • Access state funds and services.

    US citizens do not count as residents of the EU or EEA and so may apply for Stamp 4 providing they meet the relevant eligibility criteria.

    When a US citizen with Stamp 4 permission applies for citizenship by Irish naturalisation, their immigration status is considered reckonable as residence.

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    Eligibility Requirements for Stamp 4

    US citizens may be granted Stamp 4 immigration status if they meet the following eligibility criteria:

    • They have been given permission to work in Ireland with a valid Critical Skills Employment Permit for two years
    • They have been given permission to work in Ireland with a valid employment permit for five years
    • They have been given permission to work in Ireland as a researcher with a valid Hosting Agreement for two years
    • They have been given permission to reside with their Irish citizen spouse, civil partner or de facto partner
    • They are a convention or programme refugee, or subject to subsidiary protection
    • They have been given permission to reside with a family member who is a recognised refugee or is subject to subsidiary protection
    • They have been given permission to reside with their child who is an Irish citizen
    • They have been given permission to reside in Ireland under the Investor and Entrepreneur Programme (including as a spouse or partner, or eligible family member)
    • They have been given permission for Long Term Residence in Ireland.

    Immigration stamps are subject to some complex laws and criteria. If you’re unsure of your eligibility, call IAS on +1 844 290 6312 to talk through.

    What Documents Do I Need to Register for Stamp 4?

    When registering for Stamp 4, applicants will need to provide documents to demonstrate that they meet the various eligibility requirements. For those already present in Ireland under Stamp 1, copies are considered sufficient as original documentation will have been supplied at initial immigration permission application. Those applying for the first time will need to provide original documents.

    The following supporting documents are required for those applying under a Critical Skills Employment Permit, Hosting Agreement, General Employment Permit or Multi-Site General Employment Permit:

    • A copy of the biometric page of a current and valid passport
    • Copies of the front and back of the applicant’s current IRP card
    • Copies of the relevant employment permit (usually a Critical Skills Employment Permit) or hosting agreement issued by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, OR;
    • Copies of the applicant’s multi-site general employment permit issued by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
    • A copy of the applicant’s most recent payslip
    • An employer’s letter confirming the job title, employment location and dates of current employment, dated no more than three months prior to the application
    • Copies of Employment Details Summaries issues for each year of employment as covered by the Critical Skills Employment Permit or other employment permit type.

    The following supporting documents are required for those applying under spousal or family eligibility:

    • The biometric page of a current and valid passport of the applicant’s
    • The biometric page of the Irish spouse or civil partner’s current and valid passport, OR;
    • The biometric page of your Irish child’s current and valid passport
    • Marriage or civil partnership certificate, OR;
    • You Irish child’s birth certificate
    • Proof of joint current address with spouse or civil partner, OR;
    • Proof of your Irish child’s current address
    • Private medical or travel insurance with accident and medical cover valid for one year
    • (If applicable) An immigration permission letter from the Department of Justice detailing the conditions under which they intend to grant Stamp 4.

    If an applicant is applying for Stamp 4 under an entrepreneurship scheme, they will need to provide a permission letter from the Department of Justice granting access to the Immigrant Investor Programme or the Start-Up Entrepreneur Programme.

    How to Apply for Stamp 4

    Overview

    As individuals applying for Stamp 4 will already be legally resident in Ireland (usually under a Critical Skills Employment permit, other employment permit or through relation to an Irish citizen), the application process is done in person within Ireland.

    The following can be considered the standard application process:

    Receive visa and travel to Ireland (if not already present)

    Once the individual has successfully received their visa to enter Ireland, they may travel to Irish soil.

    Book appointment to register immigration permission

    Non-Irish citizens have 90 days after arrival to register their immigration permission with the Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) or the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). An appointment can be booked by phone in advance. ISD have offices in Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow, and GNIB throughout the rest of the country.

    Attend registration appointment

    The applicant must attend their registration in person with all the relevant supporting documentation; and if present under a spousal or family permission, with the relevant family member. An immigration officer will audit the documents and confirm the applicant’s eligibility.

    Pay Stamp 4 fee

    If the immigration officer is happy that the applicant is to be granted Stamp 4, they must pay the fee and the officer will stamp the applicant’s passport.

    Receive IRP (Irish Residence Permit) card

    An IRP will be sent in the post to the successful applicant confirming their immigration status. This card should be carried at all times and presented when requested by authorities. This card acts as proof of Stamp 4 permission.

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      Stamp 4 Registration Cost

      The Stamp 4 registration fee is €300 as standard, however, the applicant is exempt from paying in the following circumstances:

      • The applicant is a minor (aged under 18)
      • The applicant is a spouse, widow or widower of an Irish citizen
      • The applicant is a civil partner of an Irish citizen
      • The applicant is a spouse or dependent of an EU national who has a valid Irish resident permit
      • The applicant has:
      • Refugee status under Section 47(1) of the International Protection Act 2015, OR;
      • Subsidiary protection under Section 47(4) of the International Protection Act 2015, OR;
      • Permission to remain under Section 49(4)(a) of the International Protection Act 2015, OR;
      • Is eligible for family reunification with a recognised refugee in Ireland under Section 56 of the International Protection Act 2015.

      Other Ireland Immigration Stamps

      Stamp 4 is just one of a set of Irish immigration stamps allowing the holder various permissions to legally reside and live in Ireland. If you’re not sure which Stamp is most appropriate for you or what you’re eligible for, contact IAS for advice on +1 844 290 6312.

      How Can IAS Help?

      IAS are a firm of only specialist immigration lawyers – experts in the field who focus on nothing else but working to achieve the right immigration permissions for individuals and businesses worldwide. With so many complexities present in immigration law, working with a specialist maximizes your chances of application and appeal success.

      The IAS team can be contacted for a free discussion with no obligation to proceed until you’re confident. Call us today on +1 844 290 6312 to learn more.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                As long as you have an appointment booked at your local immigration office to register your Irish Stamp within 90 days, you will not face deportation or immigration sanction. Periodically and seasonally there may be delays so it is always important to book as early as possible.

                Yes, Stamp 4 is considered a positive step toward citizenship through the naturalisation route.

                Anyone not meeting the relevant criteria will be denied Stamp 4 without further advice. It is critical, therefore, that applicants ensure they are applying for the most appropriate Stamp permission before any formal registration is set to take place.

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