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Irish Residency

If you are thinking of moving to Ireland permanently, our immigration lawyers can help. Find out more about how to apply for permanent residency in Ireland.

For expert legal advice and assistance with your application, call us today on 0333 305 9375.

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    Can I apply for permanent residency in Ireland?

    Generally, to be able to apply for permanent residency in Ireland, you have to have lived there for at least 5 years with some type of work authorization. Alternatively, if you are a spouse or dependent of an Irish Permanent Residence holder, you might also be eligible for permanent residency.

    Regardless of which route you want to venture down, during the required 5 years of reckonable residence, you have to have been living in Ireland continuously, without any long periods of absence.

    Not all of your visits to Ireland count towards reckonable residence. For example, if you previously came to Ireland on a Tourist Visa, the time you spent in the country then will not be taken into consideration when you apply for permanent residency.

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    Can I apply for permanent residency if I have an employment permit?

    If you hold an employment permit and you have been working and living in Ireland for a certain qualifying period of time, you most likely are eligible to apply for permanent residency.

    If you hold the General Employment Permit, you must have lived in Ireland for at least 5 years to be able to apply for permanent residency. If, however, you came to Ireland under the Critical Skills Employment Permit, you can submit your application after just 2 years. That is why this type of employment permit to Ireland is highly sought-after.

    Unfortunately, not all types of Irish work permits qualify for permanent residence. For example, if you have been living in Ireland on a Working Holiday Visa, the time you spend in the country with this permit does not count towards reckonable residence.

    Keep in mind that to be able to obtain the status of an Irish permanent resident, you have to be employed at the time of submitting your application and you have to be able to prove that you are of good moral character.

    How can I apply for permanent residency if I am a family member of an Irish permanent resident?

    If you came to Ireland as a spouse or dependent of an Irish permanent resident, you might be eligible to apply for your own permanent residence permit after living in the country for at least 5 years.

    Keep in mind that at the time of you submitting your application your family member must have already been granted their permanent residency on a Stamp 4. If they are currently waiting for their permanent residency application to be processed, you will not be able to apply. Similarly, if they hold Irish citizenship rather than Stamp 4 residency, this route is not the right one for you.

    To prove your eligibility for permanent residency, you will have to prove that you have been granted Stamp 1 or Stamp 3. It is worth noting that even if you are granted long term residency in Ireland through this route, you will not be exempt from having to obtain an employment permit to work in Ireland.

    What is the application process for permanent residency in Ireland?

    To apply for permanent residency in Ireland, you have to submit a number of documents to Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) to prove your eligibility for it. These include:

    • Copy of your work permit in Ireland
    • Copy of your Certificate of Registration
    • Copies of your passport pages featuring Irish Immigration Stamps.

    After you submit all the documents, immigration officials will process your application. If your application is accepted, you will be issued a letter of approval. Then, the next step is to pay the long term residency fee of €500 within 28 days.

    Once you pay the fee, INIS will send you a letter confirming that you have been granted Long Term Residency in Ireland on Stamp 4 (or Stamp 3 if you are applying as a family member of an Irish permanent resident) for 5 years. You will also have to go to the Garda National Immigration Bureau to have your passport stamped.

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    What is the processing time of permanent residency applications?

    The processing time of applications for permanent residency in Ireland varies depending on the complexity of each case. Nevertheless, most applications are processed within 6 to 8 months. If you forget to include some of the required documents, you will have to wait longer.

    If you have not yet lived in Ireland for 5 years or more, you should refrain from submitting your application as it will automatically be rejected. Other possible reasons for the rejection of your application include:

    • You are in Ireland on a Student Visa
    • You are a citizen of an EU/EEA country
    • You are not employed at the time of submitting our application
    • You are in Ireland on a Business Visa.

    Keep in mind, however, that applications are reviewed on a case by case basis so you might be refused permanent residency in Ireland for other reasons too. To maximise the chances of a positive outcome, hire one of our immigration lawyers.

    How can IAS help?

    IAS is a leading immigration law firm in Ireland and the UK. We have a team of highly experienced immigration lawyers who have helped many clients become permanent residents in Ireland.

    If you hire one of our lawyers, you can be sure that your application has been completed to the highest standards and that you submitted all the necessary documents. Your lawyer will guide you through the application process from the very beginning until the very end, making sure you understand everything.

    Your lawyer will approach your case with professionalism and dedication to help you achieve your desired result. Thanks to their help, you will be able to immigrate to Ireland permanently.

    Call us today on 0333 305 9375 to find out more about how our lawyers can help.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                Stamp 4 indicates that you have the right to live in Ireland for a certain period of time and work there without having to obtain an employment permit. If you are in Ireland with Stamp 4, you can also start and run your own business.

                Stamp 4 is granted to, for example, those who have lived in Ireland for at least 5 years, those who are coming to join family members who are an Irish or EU/EEA citizens, and those who are living in Ireland with refugee status.

                After you have been living in Ireland as a permanent resident for at least five years, you might be eligible to apply for Irish citizenship. If you are married to an Irish citizen, you might be able to submit your application after just 3 years of reckonable residence.

                Not all visas to Ireland count as reckonable residence. The ones that do are:

                • Stamp 1
                • Stamp 1G
                • Stamp 3
                • Stamp 4
                • Stamp 5.

                To prove your eligibility for Irish citizenship, you will have to prove the length of your residency in Ireland by showing passport pages with your immigration permission stamps.

                Even though Ireland is in the EU, it is not part of the Schengen Area. It is a region in Europe where citizens of certain countries can travel and move around without any restrictions or permits.

                That means that if you want to travel to EU member states, you have to go through passport controls. That is why, if you are a non-EEA national living in Ireland as a permanent resident, you still have to apply for a Schengen Visa.

                Once you obtain the visa and travel to one Schengen country, you will be able to visit other Schengen countries as well and travel between them freely. There are no border checks at internal borders of the Schengen area, only at external ones.

                How long you will have to wait to hear a decision regarding your permanent residency application depends on how complex your case is. On average, however, applications are processed within 6 to 8 weeks. The failure to submit some of the required evidence might lead to delays.

                To avoid having to wait longer, hire one of our immigration lawyers. They will review your application before you submit it to make sure you included all the necessary information and supporting documents.