Green Card Permit Holders, whose permits are due for renewal

  1. On expiry of my Green Card Permit (after 2 years) what do I need to do to renew?
  2. What documentation do I need to present?
  3. What are the qualifying criteria for renewal of my immigration status having completed 2 years on a Green Card Employment Permit?
  4. What Permission to remain do I get?
  5. What does the new permission entitle me to do?
  6. I was granted Stamp 4 since early in 2009 having held a Green Card Employment Permit for 2 years.  That Stamp 4 was granted for 12 months.  When I next have to renew it what will be the arrangements?
  7. What documentation do I need to present for renewal of my Stamp 4 which will now be for 2 years duration?
  8. Will this Stamp 4 entitle me to Long-Term Residence?
  9. How will I get Long-Term Residence?
  10. What permission to remain will my spouse, partner or dependant(s) get?
  11. What are the entitlements of the spouse, partner or dependant?
  12. How much will it cost to obtain the renewal for 2 years?

 

  1. Q. On expiry of my Green Card Permit (after 2 years) what do I need to do to renew?
    A. In order to remain in the State you do not have to obtain a further Green Card Employment Permit from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation.  However, you must renew your immigration registration.  Within two weeks of expiry of your Green Card Employment Permit you may present for immigration registration renewal.   If you reside in the Dublin area you should call to the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB), 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.  Details of opening hours can be obtained on the Garda Síochána website, http://www.garda.ie/controller.aspx?page=31

    If you reside outside the Dublin area you should register with the local Garda registration office in the relevant Garda District in which you reside.

  2. Q. What documentation do I need to present?
    A. The following documents should be brought to registration (all documents should be originals):
  • Your valid passport. If you have renewed your passport since your arrival in the State, you will also need to bring your expired passport with you.
  • Your Garda Certificate of Registration (GNIB Card)
  • Your existing Green Card Permit
  • Your most recent pay slip

  1. Q. What are the qualifying criteria for renewal of my immigration status having completed 2 years on a Green Card Employment Permit?
    A.
    In order to qualify for renewal you must still be working in the occupation and for the employer specified on the Green Card Permit.  If you do not satisfy the qualifying criteria you will be issued with a Stamp 1 for three months and referred to the Employment Permits Section of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation.   If you are referred, you should complete the referral form which is available at the following link:
    http://www.deti.ie/publications/labour/2009/green_card_referral_form.pdf

  2. Q. What Permission to remain do I get?
    A.
    Subject to your having complied with your previous immigration conditions and being of good character, a renewable Stamp 4 residence permission of 2 years duration will be given to you.

  3. Q. What does the new permission entitle me to do?
    A.
    The Stamp 4 in this situation will entitle you to work without an employment permit during that time.  It will also entitle you to establish a business in the State  or to be self employed.

  4. Q. I was granted Stamp 4 since early in 2009 having held a Green Card Employment Permit for 2 years.  That Stamp 4 was granted for 12 months.  When I next have to renew it what will be the arrangements?
    A.
    Persons who previously held a Green Card Employment Permit for 2 years and who were granted Stamp 4 since 2009 will remain on that permission and can renew it under these arrangements when it is due for renewal.  There is no need to present at an earlier time to obtain Stamp 4 for 2 years.

  5. Q. What documentation do I need to present for renewal of my Stamp 4 which will now be for 2 years duration?
    A.
    The following documents must be brought to registration (all documents must be originals):
  • Your valid passport. If you have renewed your passport since your arrival in the State you will also need to bring your expired passport with you.
  • Your Garda Certificate of Registration (GNIB Card).

  1. Q. Will this Stamp 4 entitle me to Long-Term Residence?
    A.
    No.  The Stamp 4 issued in this situation is a status that exempts you from the requirement to hold a Green Card Employment Permit.  It is not a Long-Term Residence status and does not confer the full benefits of that status.  As stated in reply to Q. 4 above the permission is renewable.

  2. Q. How will I get Long-Term Residence?
    A. Persons covered by these arrangements i.e. who resided in the State for at least 2 years on the basis of having a Green Card Employment Permit will be eligible to make an application for Long-Term Residence when the necessary legislation and application process is in place.   Subject to the enactment of the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill which was re-published in June 2010 further details will be made available on the process of accessing Long-Term Residence.

  3. Q. What permission to remain will my spouse, partner or dependant(s) get?
    A. Your spouse, partner or dependant will, under this revised arrangement, be given an immigration registration stamp for 2 years rather than 12 months.

  4. Q. What are the entitlements of the spouse, partner or dependant?
    A.
    Your spouse or partner may be eligible to apply for a Spousal/Dependant Work Permit from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation.  See Guide to Spousal/Dependant  Work Permits on Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation website.  If a Spousal/Dependant Employment Permit is issued the immigration registration Stamp may be changed from Stamp 3 to Stamp 1.

  5. Q. How much will it cost to obtain the renewal for 2 years?
    A.
    Even though registration in this situation is for 2 years duration , the normal fee of €300.00 for the issuing of a Certificate of Registration is payable.  This fee is payable to the Garda National Immigration Bureau.

30 August 2010