2004 Student Probationary Extension
Notice re Student Probationary Extension – Next Steps
The Student Probationary Extension introduced in August 2012 allowed eligible non-EEA national students and eligible spouses to register for a two year probationary period. During this period eligible students 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 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 students being in a position to satisfy certain conditions.
It is important that students are aware that at the end of this two year probationary period that they are not automatically entitled to Stamp 4 residence permission and that they will have to go through an application process.
Prior to 31 October 2014.
INIS is committed to making a final decision on all applications, in respect of students who were granted a 2 Year Student Probationary Extension during the period 28 August 2012 to 26 February 2013, by 31 March 2015.
In the interim period, while the applications are being processed students resident on Stamp 2 under the terms of the Student Probationary Extension can attend for registration on temporary Stamp 4 conditions for a period of six months.
Students are advised that they will only be issued with this temporary Stamp 4 permission upon the expiry of their current Stamp 2 permission. Students can only seek to renew this on the temporary Stamp 4 permission up to a maximum of one week prior to the expiry of their current permission.
Eligible students should apply for this extension at their local registration office.
Eligible students will be required to pay the full registration fee of €300
Application Process and Form
The application process for consideration for Stamp 4 will be a two stage process. Non-EEA students currently resident on Stamp 2 permission under the terms of the Student Probationary Extension will be required to complete the application form and to submit it along with all of the following documentation;
Full copies of their current passport and of their previous passport where it has expired in the period 2012 to 2014
P60 and P21 certificates for the years 2012 and 2013 to provide proof of earnings. Students are reminded that they are required to be earning enough money to be self sufficient in the State
Copies of an applicant’s most recent payslips. Applicants should submit payslips which demonstrate earnings during the three months prior to application
A copy of their PPS Number
A letter from the Department of Social Protection indicating that they have not drawn any means tested state welfare benefits (NOTE Child Benefit will not be considered for children resident in the State)
Proof of private Medical Insurance for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014
A letter from their current employer confirming their employment, length of employment and current salary level
Proof of their 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.
Students on the probationary extension should begin to assemble the above documentation to support their application. An application form and further application details will be published in the coming weeks.
Immigration Levy /Application Fee
In 2012 it was made clear to students that they would be required to pay an immigration levy of between €2000 and €3000 in order to complete the process of the Student Probationary Extension.
INIS now confirms that the fee which will apply to students will be €1000 which will be payable upon completion of the application process. Details as to how students will be able to pay this fee will be published shortly.
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.
Spouses of 2004 Student Probationary Extension
Legally resident Spouses of persons granted the student probationary extension will have their current immigration permission extended in line with their spouse.
Students residing in Ireland from before 1 January 2005
The New Regime for Full-Time non-EEA students commenced on 1 January 2011. The New Regime introduced a maximum residence period of 7 years for nationals of non-EEA countries who were enrolled in an eligible academic course of study in Ireland. The New Regime applied to all non-EEA students who came to Ireland after 1 January 2011 and to all non-EEA nationals who were already resident as students on that date. Special provisions were made to facilitate students who exceeded the 7 year timeframe on the date of introduction. These provisions have been extended on several occasions since the introduction of the New Regime to allow "timed-out" students to complete their studies, avail of post-study pathways or arrange for their departure from Ireland.
As a final measure in assisting the transition to the New Regime, a student probationary extension is being made available to those students who have been continuously resident in the State since before 1 January 2005 (i.e. the student must have received a GNIB card during or before 2004 and for each year thereafter). These new arrangements will allow eligible students to reside in Ireland for a further period of 2 years on specified conditions. In addition, at the conclusion of the two year probationary period those students will be eligible to apply for a more permanent status on condition that certain obligations have been fulfilled.
Any non-EEA national student who first registered their residence in Ireland as student on or before 31 December 2004 and who commenced their studies in Ireland on or before 31 December 2004 may apply for the special probationary extension.
Non-EEA Students who are no longer resident in the State will not be eligible to avail of this student probationary extension
In order for such a student to be granted the extension they must have maintained their residence as a student from first registration until the date of application for the Student Probationary Extension. Any student not currently registered and with a significant gap in registration will not be eligible to apply for the extension.
Students must also furnish one P60 certificate that has been acquired within the previous three years.
In order to apply for the extension eligible students must also complete the form and Statutory Declaration for Student Probationary Extension which is available here.
Details of the Student Probationary Extension
The Student Probationary Extension will allow eligible students to register for a two year probationary period. During this period eligible students will be resident on a stamp 2 and their status will continue to be that of a student.
The following residency conditions will apply to the probationary period -
• The eligible student will not be required to be registered or enrolled in an academic course of study.
• The eligible student will be permitted to work for a maximum period of 40 hours per week without being required to hold a work permit.
• The eligible student will be required to maintain private medical insurance.
• The eligible student will be required to reside in the State without drawing on publicly funded social assistance programmes (e.g. supplementary welfare allowances, medical card, jobseeker supports etc.)
• The eligible student will not be permitted to apply for reunification with family members who are resident outside the State.
• The eligible student must be of good character and must demonstrate that they are law abiding.
Conclusion of the Probationary Period
At the conclusion of the two year probationary period the eligible students can apply for a Stamp 4 permission to reside in the State. Students will be required to -
• Demonstrate that they have resided in Ireland during the probationary period, and
• Submit a valid P60 certificate which has been issued during the two year probationary period, and
• Reside in the State without drawing on publicly funded social assistance programmes (e.g. supplementary welfare allowances, medical card, jobseeker supports etc.), and
• Be of good character and not be convicted or charged with any criminal offences, and
• Pay an appropriate immigration levy.
An appropriate application form will be published in 2014. The immigration levy will be payable at the end of the second year of the Student Probationary Extension. The amount of the levy will be decided by the Minister for Justice & Equality and will be published before the end of the two year probationary period.
Questions on the Student Probationary Extension can be addressed by e-mail only to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A copy of the Statutory Declaration is available here.
A Quick Guide as to how to register is available here.
A schedule of Dates of Attendance for Registration is available here.
NOTE: Students who are eligible for this extension are required to report to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS), 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2 in accordance with the dates set out in the attached schedule.
Students who have been resident on Stamp 1A (trainee accountant) and the 2004 Student Probationary Extension
2004 Student Probationary Extension
Non-EEA nationals who are granted residence in Ireland under the 2004 Student Probationary Extension are entitled to work in Ireland under the conditions that would normally pertain to the academic holidays, i.e. a person may work for up to 40 hours per week.
Identification of persons resident under the 2004 Probationary Extension.
Non-EEA nationals who are granted residence under the 2004 Probationary Extension are granted a stamp 2 and issued with GNIB card for a duration of two years. Permissions to reside under the 2004 Student Probationary Extension have been issued on or after 27 August 2012.
Attention 2004 Probationary Extension Students! - Ticket Issueing instructions
DO NOT queue for a ticket from the middle of the night.
EVERYBODY who is eligible will be seen.
Tickets are given out each morning from 8am. Please DO NOT queue before 7am.
Please see the schedule for your week of attendance. This will ensure
everyone can easily get a ticket.
THIS FACILITY OPERATES FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY.
THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT FOR ALL STUDENTS TO ATTEND ON A MONDAY.
IT IS QUIETER FROM WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY
01 October 2012