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Stamp 0 Ireland

Stamp 0 is a type of temporary position for foreign nationals in Ireland. It is mostly aimed at retirees, elderly dependents of non-EEA citizens, and academic visitors staying for less than 12 months.

For more information and assistance on Stamp 0, including documentation requirements and financial advice, speak with one of our immigration advisors at +1 844 290 6312, or contact us online.

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    What is Stamp 0?

    Stamp 0 is for non-EEA nationals who don’t normally qualify for Irish long-term residency to enable them to live in the country temporarily (subject to conditions). This limited and specific permission does not count towards Long Term Residence, also known as Reckonable Residence.

    Summary of Conditions

    Stamp 0 permission may be given if you wish to:

    • Retire in Ireland or live as a self-sufficient person of independent means
    • Visit an Irish university or college as a visiting academic
    • Reside in Ireland as the elderly dependent relative of an Irish National, or a non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen
    • Extend a short-term visit in Ireland due to exceptional humanitarian circumstances or to carry out specific, temporary work for an overseas company

    In all cases, you must be entirely financially self-sufficient or fully supported by an Irish-based sponsor.

    Also note that Stamp 0 holders are ineligible for state benefits or public services. You also cannot work or undertake any business or trade unless you have explicit permission from the Irish Immigration Service Delivery.

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    Dependent Elderly Relative

    Overview

    If you are an elderly relative of an Irish National or non-EU/EEA non-Swiss citizen wishing to join your family member in Ireland, there are certain conditions you must meet and documents to provide before being granted permission.

    Stamp 0 may only be granted if you can prove that your relative can support you financially and otherwise. Your relative must hold an appropriate permission (or evidence of citizenship if an Irish National) to sponsor an application by you and must also be registered with Immigration.

    Required Documents for Elderly Dependents:

    • Clear and legible copy of your passport (all pages)
    • Copy of your birth certificate
    • Proof of relationship to sponsor (i.e. birth certificate of sponsor)
    • Details of all of your family members resident in Ireland and their legal status
    • Evidence of your sponsor’s finances (i.e. six months of bank statements and payslips)
    • Evidence in financial documents that the sponsor and their spouse or partner are earning an income after tax and deductions of €60,000 for one parent and €75,000 for two parents for the three years prior to the application
    • Details of the accommodation to be provided for you
    • Evidence of full private medical insurance
    • Police Clearance Certificate from country of origin (i.e. a criminal background check in your home country)
    • Health Declaration (i.e. a letter from your local doctor informing your present state of health)
    • Your future intentions in the State
    • Any other relevant information for your case

    Retire in Ireland

    Overview

    Applicants wishing to retire in Ireland must ensure that they are fully financially independent, as per the guidelines. You will be expected to provide proof of this when you apply – this must also be certified by an Irish accountancy firm. This also means that you are not entitled to access State benefits while resident in Ireland on a retirement permission.

    People of Independent Means

    Applicants wishing to apply as a person of independent means must have a reliable income of at least €50,000 per year, as well as a suitable lump sum of money for which you can cover any unexpected expenses while in Ireland. This lump sum should be equal to the price of a residential house or flat in Ireland.

    You must provide evidence of your finances in a spreadsheet with the figures in Euros. This must cover your monthly income and spending and also verified by an Irish accountancy firm that can understand the format of overseas banking/accountancy documentation.

    Required Documents under Independent Means

    • Clear and legible copy of your passport (all pages)
    • Copy of your birth certificate
    • Copy of marriage certificate (if applicable)
    • Reason for wishing to travel to Ireland
    • Details of all family members resident in Ireland and their legal status
    • Details of any Irish associations
    • Evidence of your finances (i.e. six months of bank statements)
    • Evidence of your finances verified by an Irish-based accountant listing annual income and other financial liabilities
    • Evidence of full private medical insurance
    • Police Clearance Certificate (i.e. a criminal background check in your home country)
    • Health Declaration (i.e. a letter from your local doctor informing your present state of health)
    • Any other information relevant to your case

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      Visiting Academic

      Overview

      You may apply for permission to live and work in Ireland as a visiting academic or researcher for less than 12 months. To be eligible for this permission, it is necessary that you can support yourself financially, or that your sponsor will cover all of your costs. You don’t have permission to access State benefits while resident in the State as a visiting academic.

      Lecturers on a sabbatical and CII Directors can apply to bring family members with them, subject to finances. Family members will not be allowed to work or access the labor market or state support in any way. Children will be allowed to attend state schools.

      Other Visiting Academics such as PhD Students, Fulbright scholars, other CII staff members, etc. can not bring family members unless they can provide evidence of substantial finances to support their family members.

      Required Documents for Visiting Academic

      • Clear and legible copy of your passport (all pages)
      • Reason for travelling to Ireland
      • Details of family members resident in Ireland and their legal status
      • Evidence of all finances available to you (six months of bank statements, payslips)
      • Letter from an Irish college or university confirming you will be working within that college, this must also state the length of this arrangement (up to 12 months)
      • Letter from your home college or university specifying your position in that college and state that you will be paid by your home college or university while within the State
      • Evidence of full private medical insurance
      • Police Clearance Certificate (i.e. a criminal background check in your home country)
      • Any other relevant information for your case

      Medical Insurance Requirements

      If your application is successful and you intend to purchase private medical insurance after you enter the State, please state this in your letter of application. ISD will request proof of the same after you enter the State (when submitting your passport to be stamped) as a precondition for granting the permission.

      Travel insurance won’t be accepted in place of private medical insurance. Elderly dependent relatives must be covered at or above the level of VHI plan D or equivalent.

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        Application Steps for Stamp 0

        Overview

        If you are a visa required or non-visa required person, you must apply for permission by completing the TPER (Stamp 0) application and send the required documentation. If your application is successful, you will be issued with a conditional letter of offer and an agreement form. Stamp 0 applications will not be accepted if made from within the State.

        Important to note: entry to the State is always at the discretion of the immigration officer at the port of entry. The granting of visitor permission at the port of entry does not mean that your application for permission to reside in Ireland will be successful.

        Once you have permission to stay in Ireland, you must register it with the Irish Immigration authorities: the Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) or the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB), within 90 days.

        Elderly Dependent

        If you are a visa required person and have received your conditional letter of offer to join your family member in Ireland as an elderly dependent, then you must contact your local immigration office to apply for a visa to enter the state. In order to reside in the State with your family, you must apply for a D-Join family visa. When submitting your application for a D-Join family visa, you must include your conditional letter of offer. Once granted the visa, you may travel to the State.

        If you are a non-visa required person who wishes to reside in Ireland and you meet the conditions, when you have received your conditional letter of offer and you have been granted the correct D-Join family visa, you may travel to the state.

        After arriving in the state, if you are visa required, you should send the signed agreement form, the conditional letter of offer, and your passport to complete the application process. The Domestic Residence and Permissions Division will add a stamp to your passport and return your passport, and marriage/birth certificates to you.

        If granted permission, you must visit the registration office in Dublin or at a local Garda station outside of Dublin to register your permission.

        Independent Means

        If you are a visa required person and have received your conditional letter of offer from the Domestic Residence and Permissions Division to retire in Ireland, then you must contact your local immigration office to apply for a visa to enter the State.

        In order to reside in the State on retirement conditions, you must apply for a D-Reside Visa. When submitting your application for a D-Reside Visa, you must include your Conditional Letter of Offer.

        If you are a non-visa required person who wishes to retire to Ireland and you meet the conditions, once you have received your conditional letter of offer you may travel to the State.

        When you arrive in the State you should send the signed agreement form that was sent to you with your conditional letter of offer and your passport to the Domestic Residence and Permissions Division which will add a stamp to your passport and return it to you.

        If granted permission, you must visit the registration office in Dublin or at a local Garda station outside of Dublin to register your permission.

        Visiting Academic

        If your application as a visiting academic is successful, you will be issued a conditional letter of offer and an agreement form.

        When you arrive in the State you must send the signed agreement form, your conditional letter of offer, and your passport. A stamp will be added to your passport and your passport will be returned to you.

        If you are granted permission then you must visit the registration office in Dublin or at a local Garda station outside of Dublin to register your permission.

        Renewing Your Permission for Stamp 0

        Permission to remain on Stamp 0 is granted in one-year blocks.

        If you are requesting to renew your Stamp 0 permission you will need to complete the TPER Renewal form. You need to send your renewal application 4 months prior to the expiry of your permission.

        Processing Times for Stamp 0 Application

        The average processing time for applications is 4 months. Delays can be expected when applicants do not send in all of the required documents with the original application.

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          How Can IAS Help?

          IAS can assist in all stages of your application towards Stamp 0, including clearance into the State, applications for D-Join or D-Reside, and registering at an immigration office for your permission to remain.

          We are dedicated immigration experts with the tools to assist you, regardless of the complexities of your case.

          For more information about retiring to Ireland or to answer any queries on U.S. citizens living in Ireland, reach out to one of our members today. Call us at +1 844 290 6312 or get in touch online.

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                    Frequently Asked Questions

                    Holders of Stamp 0 (who are not permitted to work) may volunteer in the State but it is not intended that a person given permission on Stamp 0 basis would take up any employment either paid or unpaid in relation to their professional qualifications.

                    There is no family reunification with Stamp 0. Each individual must apply in their own right.

                    If a U.S. citizen is wanting to become a permanent resident and apply for Irish citizenship, there are ways to qualify through family, marriage, or the naturalization process. If your parents or grandparents were Irish citizens or if your spouse/civil partner is an Irish national and you’ve been married for 3 or more years, you are eligible for citizenship.

                    For the naturalization process, you are required to have at least five years of reckonable residence in Ireland before you can apply for citizenship. Any time spent in Ireland on Stamp 0, does not count towards reckonable residence.

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