Immigration permission for non-EU/EEA & non-Swiss nationals

You need immigration permission to stay in Ireland if you are a non-EU/EEA and non-Swiss national and you wish to stay here for longer than 3 months.

Note: If your application for refugee or subsidiary protection status failed, you may make an application for 'permission to remain' (formerly known as 'leave to remain').

Immigration permission

Permission is a statement of the conditions on which you are permitted to remain in Ireland and also indicates the duration of your permission.

Permission is given on behalf of the Minister for Justice and Equality in the form of a stamp (endorsement) in your passport.

An Irish Residence Permit (IRP) may also be issued for the same period of time as the stamp (endorsement) placed in your passport.

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss national but your spouse or dependant is not, they must apply for permission.

How to obtain permission

When you arrive in Ireland you will be given:

  • Leave to enter Ireland
  • Immigration permission for a particular purpose allowing you to remain for a period (typically up to 3 months)

If you wish to remain beyond the period granted by an immigration officer, you are required to obtain the permission of the Minister for Justice and Equality.

This can be done by reporting to your local Superintendent's Office in An Garda Síochána (Irish Police) in the district in which you reside.

In Dublin, you must report to the Burgh Quay Registration Office.

Note: If you are categorised as a 'Visa Required National who entered Ireland using a C Visit Visa, you cannot extend your permission. You must leave and reapply for entry.

Duration of permission

You will normally be given permission for the duration of your stated purpose. Permission is generally granted on an annual basis.

Persons who have been issued with a General Employment Permit (formerly Work Permit) or Critical Skills Employment Permit (formerly Green Card) will be granted residency of up to 12 months (renewable thereafter in the case of a 2-year Employment Permit).

Renew your permission

Your permission should never be allowed to lapse. The onus is on you to ensure that this does not happen.

You should apply to the Registration Officer responsible for the area in which you reside in good time to have your permission extended.

You will be required to submit documentation relating to your reasons for seeking further permission, ie work permit holder must submit a new work permit, and evidence of employment.

Refusal of permission

If you are refused permission you will be informed of the reasons and given the opportunity to leave the country voluntarily within a specified period.

Failure to depart voluntarily may result in you being subject to deportation.



If you have questions, contact us.

Updated: 21 August 2017

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Page history

21 August 2017

All references to 'Permission to Remain' replaced with 'permission'. Link to asylum-related 'Permission to Remain' added.

16 September 2016

Page published.