Stamps - Main Immigration

An explanation of the various Stamps (0,1,2,3,4)

Main Immigration Stamps

Please note that this document is for information purposes only and does not purport to be a legal interpretation of Irish law.
Main Immigration Stamps Main categories of Persons permitted to be in the State
Note:á This an outline of the main immigration stamps as currently used by the immigration authorities.á The immigration stamps, in conjunction with the Certificate of Registration issued by GNIB, are evidence of permission to be in the State.á They are not an indicator of, nor an interpretation of, legal entitlements other than those explicitly set out in the stamps.á The immigration authorities have the right to assign or refuse immigration stamps to the various categories of persons as appropriate.á Please note that the stamps are kept under on-going review and may be updated from time to time.á Note:á Below is an indicative list of categories of persons who may be granted permission to remain in the State.á This table does not give any assurance that a person in one of the categories will obtain the immigration stamp indicated. The immigration authorities have the right to grant or refuse permission to remain on a case by case basis.
Stamp 0
(Temporary and Limited Permission)
This person is permitted to remain in Ireland on condition that the holder does not receive State benefits and has private medical insurance. The holder must be fully supported by a sponsor in the State and/or is of independent means. The holder is not entitled to work or engage in a trade , business or profession unless specified in INIS letter.
  • Aáservice provider sent to Ireland by an overseas company to carry out a particular task for a limited time
  • An extended visit in exceptional humanitarian circumstances
  • Visiting academics

For further information see this guideline noteáStamp 0á This document is a pdfáá

STAMP 1
This person is permitted to remain in Ireland on conditions that the holder does not enter employment unless the employer has obtained a permit, does not engage in any business or profession without the permission of the Minister for Justice and Equality and does not remain later than a specified date.
  • Non-EEA national issued with a work permit
  • Non-EEA national issued a Green Card Permit
  • Non-EEA national who have been granted permission to operate a business in the State
  • Working Holiday Authorisation holder
STAMP 1A
This person is permitted to remain in Ireland for the purpose of full time training with a named body until a specified date.
Other employment is not allowed.
  • Non-EEA national studying accountancy
STAMP NUMBER 2
This person is permitted to remain in Ireland to pursue a course of studies on condition that the holder does not engage in any business or profession other than casual employment (defined as 20 hours per week during school term and up to 40 hours per week during school holidays) and does not remain later than a specified date. Also the person has no recourse to public funds unless otherwise provided.
  • Non-EEA national attending a full time course of study
STAMP NUMBER 2A
This person is permitted to remain in Ireland to pursue a course of studies on condition that the holder does not enter employment, does not engage in any business or profession, has no recourse to public funds and does not remain later than a specified date.
  • Non-EEA national attending course of study not recognised by the Department of Education and Science
STAMP NUMBER 3
This person is permitted to remain in Ireland on conditions that the holder
does not enter employment, does not engage in any business or profession and does not remain later than a specified date.
  • Non-EEA visitor
  • Non-EEA retired person of independent means
  • Non-EEA Minister of Religion and Member of Religious Order
  • Non-EEA spouse/dependant of employment permit holder
STAMP NUMBER 4
This person is permitted to remain in Ireland until a specified date.
  • Non-EEA family member of EEA citizen
  • Non-EEA spouse of Irish citizen
  • Refugee
  • Non-EEA person granted family reunification under the Refugee Act 1996
  • Programme refugee
  • Non-EEA parent of Irish citizen child where parent was granted permission to remain in the State
  • Non-EEA family member of EU citizen where family member qualifies under the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) (No. 2) Regulations 2006 (S.I 656 of 2006)