2004 Student Probationary Extension

NOTICE

Students residing in Ireland from before 1 January 2005

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Background

The New Regime for Full-Time non-EEA students commenced on 1 January 2011.á 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.á 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.á Special provisions were made to facilitate students who exceeded the 7 year timeframe on the date of introduction.á 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.á
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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).á These new arrangements will allow eligible students to reside in Ireland for a further period of 2 years on specified conditions.á 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.á

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Eligibility

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.á Any student not currently registered and with a significant gap in registration will not be eligible to apply for the extension.á

Students must also furnish one P60 certificate that has been acquired within the previous three years.á

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.

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Details of the Student Probationary Extension

The Student Probationary Extension will allow eligible students to register for a two year probationary period.á During this period eligible students will be resident on a stamp 2 and their status will continue to be that of a student.á

The following residency conditions will apply to the probationary period -

•áThe eligible student will not be required to be registered or enrolled in an academic course of study.

•áThe eligible student will be permitted to work for a maximum period of 40 hours per week without being required to hold a work permit.á

•áThe eligible student will be required to maintain private medical insurance.

•áThe 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.)

•áThe eligible student will not be permitted to apply for reunification with family members who are resident outside the State.

•áThe 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.á Students will be required to -

•áDemonstrate that they have resided in Ireland during the probationary period, and

•áSubmit a valid P60 certificate which has been issued during the two year probationary period, and

•áReside in the State without drawing on publicly funded social assistance programmes (e.g. supplementary welfare allowances, medical card, jobseeker supports etc.), and

•áBe of good character and not be convicted or charged with any criminal offences, and

•áPay an appropriate immigration levy.á

An appropriate application form will be published in 2014.á The immigration levy will be payable at the end of the second year of the Student Probationary Extension.á 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.á

Questions on the Student Probationary Extension can be addressed by e-mail only to 2004timedoutstudent@justice.ie.

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A copy of the Statutory Declaration is availableáhere.á

A Quick Guide as to how to register is availableáhere.á

A schedule of Dates of Attendance for Registration is availableáhere.á

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.

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Students who have been resident on Stamp 1A (trainee accountant) and the 2004 Student Probationary Extension

Important Notice!

Students who have been resident on Stamp 1A (trainee accountant) and the 2004 Student Probationary Extension This document is a pdfá

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Notice for Employers

2004 Student Probationary Extension

Employment Entitlements:

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.

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Attentioná2004áProbationary Extension Students! - Ticket Issueing instructions

DO NOTáqueue 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 NOTáqueue 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 TOáATTEND ON A MONDAY.

IT IS QUIETER FROMáWEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY

01áOctober 2012