2004 Student Probationary Extension

Conclusion of 2004 Student Probationary Extension

 

The Student Probationary Extension introduced in August 2012 allowed eligible non-EEA national students to register for a two year probationary period.  During this period eligible students who were granted a permission during 2012 were registered for a period of two years on Stamp 2 immigration permission and their status continued to be that of a student. During this period those qualifying students were permitted to work for a maximum period of 40 hours per week without being required to hold a work permit. 

As part of the Student Probationary Extension it was indicated that at the conclusion of the two year probationary period the eligible students could apply for a Stamp 4 permission to reside in the State subject to satisfying certain conditions.

It is important that students are aware that they are not automatically entitled to Stamp 4 residence permission and that they will have to go through an application process.

Application Process and Application Form/Statutory Declaration

Non-EEA students granted a Stamp 2 permission under the terms of the Student Probationary Extension and who were subsequently granted a temporary six month Stamp 4 Permission will be required to complete the application form/statutory declaration and to submit it along with all of the following documentation;

 

Full colour certified copies of your current passport (all pages) and of your previous passport (all pages) where it has expired in the period 2012 to 2014

P60 and P21 certificates for the years 2012 and 2013 (2014 documents should be submitted where available) to provide proof of earnings. Students are reminded that they are required to be earning enough money to be self sufficient in the State. NOTE: STUDENTS CAN REQUEST THEIR P21 FORMS FROM 'PAYE ANYTIME SERVICE' PROVIDED BY REVENUE ONLINE AT WWW.ROS.IE. THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT ON STUDENTS TO ATTEND A REVENUE PUBLIC OFFICE SO STUDENTS SHOULD NOT DO SO. P60's ARE ISSUED BY YOUR EMPLOYER

A letter from your current employer confirming your employment, length of employment and current salary level. Where you have changed employment in the years 2012 to 2015 please provide summary details of same ie name of employer etc. NOTE : Where an applicant has been self employed you should submit a Tax Clearance Certificate/Certificates for the period 2012 to 2014 or for the period of self employment.

Copies of an applicant’s most recent payslips.  Applicants should submit payslips which demonstrate earnings during the three months prior to application  

Proof of private Medical Insurance for the years 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

Proof of current address e.g. utility bill(s)

Where a student is married or has entered into a civil partnership, a copy of their appropriate certificate will be required (where this certificate is in a language other than English or Irish a certified translation should also be submitted).  Where the student’s spouse or partner is resident in the State a copy of the spouse or partner’s passport, GNIB Registration Card and PPS number will be required.

NOTE 1: WHERE APPLICATIONS ARE DEEMED TO BE INCOMPLETE THOSE APPLICATIONS WILL BE DEALT WITH ONCE ALL COMPLETE APPLICATIONS ARE FINALISED. NON-EEA STUDENTS ARE ADVISED TO SUBMIT ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS WITH YOUR APPLICATION

NOTE 2: WHERE IT IS FOUND THAT STUDENTS HAVE BREACHED THE CONDITIONS OF THEIR IMMIGRATION PERMISSION OR WHERE THEY SUBMIT FALSE OR MISLEADING INFORMATION THEN SUCH APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. WHERE IT IS FOUND THAT STUDENTS HAVE BREACHED OTHER RULES EG SOCIAL WELFARE THIS WILL BE REPORTED TO THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES. STUDENTS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PROOF OF THEIR RESIDENCE IN IRELAND FOR THE PERIOD 2012 TO 2015 AND WHERE THIS CANNOT BE ESTABLISHED THEIR STAMP 4 APPLICATION WILL NOT BE FINALISED.

 

Immigration Levy /Application Fee

In 2012 it was made clear to students that they would be required to pay a fee.

INIS now confirms that the fee which will apply to students will be €1000 which will be payable as part of the application process.

Students will be required to submit a Postal Order or Bank Draft with their application. The Postal Order or Bank Draft should be made out to The Department of Justice and Equality.

Application Forms/Statutory Declaration and all documents (including fee payable) should be submitted by post to

2004 Student Probationary Extension
5th Floor
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
13/14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
 

Non-EEA students who are successful in their application and who pay the €1000 will be granted a Stamp 4 which will be renewable in the normal way.

 

Re- Entry Visa Applications

Re-Entry visa applications in respect of persons granted a Stamp 4 under this process will only be dealt with by post. Successful applicants should submit a Re-Entry visa application by post and can expect that their re-entry visa application will, in general, be completed within 10 working days of receipt of application.

 

Spouses of 2004 Student Probationary Extension/Students granted the 2004 Student Probationary Extension during 2013 & 2014

Legally resident Spouses of persons granted the student probationary extension should make an application only when their spouse's application has been finalised. Applications made prior to this will be returned. Spouses should not submit an application at this stage as this will delay the entire process. Further instructions will be published in the near future.

In addition students granted the 2004 Student Probationary Extension in 2013 and 2014 should not make an application at this time as any such application will not be considered. A further notice in respect of students in that category will issue in due course.

 

Note for Employers

During the application process there may be in some cases a short gap in the immigration permission of the Non-EEA national on this programme. Where an application has been submitted it is permissible for Non-EEA students to continue in their employment. It is anticipated that the application process will be completed over the next 6-8 weeks.

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