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Note to Employers


Changes to the Employment entitlements of Non-EEA Students holding immigration Stamp 2 – with effect from 1 September 2016.

As part of a package of reforms of the regulatory regime for international education, announced in September 2014 by the Ministers for Education & Skills and Justice and Equality, some changes have been made to the terms of the concession under which non-EEA students (holding Immigration Stamp 2) are permitted to work.

Non-EEA students who are permitted to reside in the State on a stamp 2 immigration permission are allowed to avail of a work concession.  Under this concession a student may work in Ireland  in a casual part-time capacity without a work permit.

Following a further review of the work concession the following changes will apply with effect from 01 September 2016.

From 1 September 2016 students holding a valid  immigration stamp 2  permission will be permitted work 40 hours per week only during the months of June, July, August and September and from 15 December to 15 January inclusive.  At all other times students holding Immigration permission Stamp 2 will be limited to working 20 hours per week.

It should be noted also that the hours specified are the maximum that a student can work in any given week and not an average over time.  A student who is working for more than one employer remains subject to the overall limits (e.g. during the period when the 20 hour limit applies a student could not work 15 hours each for 2 employers).  The permission to work ceases on the expiry of the students Stamp 2 immigration permission.

The only exception to the general rule is set out in the notice 'Students availing of the Third Level Graduate Programme – Stamp 1G'.


Note to employers: Employing a student beyond the hours permitted and beyond the expiry date of their student permission  is an offence under the Employment Permits Acts.

Note to students: Students who contravene these employment rules may have their student permission revoked.


Restricted Activities

Students are not permitted to work as taxi drivers either as employees or in their own right as holders of a taxi licence in their own name.

Students may not engage in self employment.

(Some additional forms of employment may to be added to the restricted activities list from time to time.)