Immigration Advice Service
03334149244 (local rate)

Mon - Sun, 8.30 am - 6 pm

Find an office

20 offices in the UK


We are the UK's leading immigration specialists
OISC Accredited UK immigration lawyers
We've had over 7000 applications approved
We are now open 7 days a week from 8.30 am to 6 pm.
4.7 rating 2649 reviews

Ireland Stamp 1G

Ireland Stamp 1G is aimed at international students who have been finished their studies and require permission to stay in the country to look for work.

Please get in touch with our experts on 0333 305 9375 if you would like to know more about the Stamp 1G elibibilty criteria and how to apply. We are here to help you in person, via the phone, or online.

    Request a call back from our immigration experts

    Overview of Ireland's Stamp 1G Visa

    Individuals who are intending on operating a business or working for an employer in Ireland, as well as people with a Working Holiday Visa, will receive a Stamp 1 on their passport. This stamp allows them to work in Ireland.

    The Stamp 1 Visa is divided into two parts: Stamp 1A and Stamp 1G. The former is offered to people with permission to work or study full time as a trainee accountant.

    The Stamp 1G Visa (also knows as the Stay-back Visa) is designed for international graduates who wish to start their career in Ireland. In order for a Stamp 1G to be issued, it must be proven that the graduate student is actively looking for employment.

    Immigration Advice Service 4.7 rating 2649 reviews Logo

    Who is Eligible For the Stamp 1G Visa in Ireland?

    Foreign nationals in Ireland who possess a level 8/9 award from a recognised Irish awarding body are eligible for the Stamp 1G Visa for six months after obtaining their degree. These students must be current holders of the Stamp 2 Visa Ireland.

    Upon receipt of the visa, the Stamp 1G holder must continue to search for jobs, and be prepared to work up to 40 hours per week. If the individual finds employment in Ireland, the Stamp 1G can no longer be relied on, and an Employment Permit must be obtained.

    It is also possible to secure a Stamp 1G Visa if you are a Spouse/de facto partner of Researchers in the State on Hosting Agreements or a Critical Skills Employment Permit holder. Individuals who meet one of these requirements can work in Ireland without an employment permit.

    Stamp 1G Visa holders are eligible to work for an employer in Ireland, but they do not have permission to be self-employed or operate a business.

    The Third Level Graduate Programme can be used twice by Stamp 1G visa holders, provided that the applicant has not stayed in Ireland for longer than 8 years.

    However, the limit for this programme is two rounds and if the individual’s right to remain in Ireland has expired, they must not reapply.

    How to Apply For the Stamp 1G Visa in Ireland

    The Stamp 1G Visa application can be completed at a local registration office in Ireland or on the online portal. It is not possible to apply for a Stamp 1G from overseas.

    The following documents must be submitted with the application:

    • A Statement of Final Results
    • Evidence of private medical insurance (minimum coverage of €25,000)
    • Valid passport
    • Irish Residence Permit card indicating the Stamp 2 permission

    Applicants must pay a registration fee of €300 via the portal. The average waiting time for the application to be processed is 3-5 weeks.

    Looking to start your career in Ireland? Contact us and apply for the Stamp 1G visa now. Contact Us

      Fill out the form

      What are the Rights Of Individuals Holding a Stamp 1G Visa in Ireland?

      Individuals with the Stamp 1G are not entitled to access state funds and are required to pay for private healthcare insurance.

      Stamp 1G Visa holders are granted permission to stay in Ireland for a maximum of 12 months. However, this can sometimes be extended.

      The time spent in Ireland counts as qualifying years for reckonable residence, so some graduates are able to progress to a Stamp 4 Visa. The Stamp 4 benefits are similar to the advantages of Stamp 1G, as individuals can continue to work in Ireland without a work permit.

      If the graduate’s wishes to stay in Ireland long term and become a Irish citizen, they must have evidence of reckonable residence in the country (a total of 4 years in an 8 year period).

      How to Extend the Stamp 1G Visa in Ireland

      Though most people with a Stamp 1G Visa can only stay in Ireland for 12 months, graduates with a level 9 award can apply to extend their application by a further 12 months. This application must be made towards the end of the initial Stamp 1G Visa period.

      Stamp 1G Spouses of Researchers on a Hosting Agreement and Critical Skills Employment holders may reapply for the Stamp 1G visa every year. In the event that the visa holder reapplies five years in a row, they are then eligible for a Stamp 4 Visa.

      Evidence must be provided to demonstrate that the applicant has been taking steps to find employment, such as:

      • Meetings with employment agencies
      • Job application submissions
      • Job interview attendance

      What are the Benefits Of the Stamp 1G Visa?

      The Stamp 1G Visa is ideal for graduates who are hoping to stay in Ireland for work, but do not currently have a job. Rather than having to return home and search for a job in Ireland, they are granted permission to stay in the country while they are applying to jobs.

      The Stamp 1G Visa is also an excellent start to life in Ireland, as it paves the way for different Irish immigration stamps, and even Irish citizenship.

      Not only do Stamp 1G holders have proof of residence in Ireland, but they also have experience with the immigration process, which will help them if they decide to apply to become an Irish citizen via naturalisation.

      As people with the Stamp 1G can work for up to 40 hours a week, they are not restricted to part-time contracts, which means there is more scope for earning a high income.

      What are the Limitations Of the Stamp 1G Visa?

      It is not permitted to work more than 40 hours per week on a Stamp 1G visa. There are no exceptions to this rule, which means Stamp 1G Visa holders may be slightly restricted in their job search or unable to take on extra part-time work roles.

      Self-employment is also not permitted on the Stamp 1G visa so some applicants may find that their career options are limited.

      Another potential limitation of the Stamp 1G visa is the fact that there is the prior expectation of a level 8 or 9 study award. This means that students who have struggled with the Irish education system may be excluded from the visa.

      Finally, applicants are limited by the requirement to have private healthcare insurance. Anyone considering the Stamp 1G visa must factor this into their budget, to ensure that they would be able to afford to stay in Ireland without access to the public healthcare system.

      Ready to embark on a new work experience in Ireland? Contact us today to apply for the Stamp 1G visa and let us help you make it happen. Contact Us

        Fill out the form

        How Can IAS Help?

        Understanding the conditions of different Irish immigration stamps can be complicated if you do not have legal knowledge. IAS offers a comprehensive package to clients who are interested in gaining a Stamp 1G. Call us on 0333 305 9375 to get started.

        We also offer an application package to clients hoping to find support with the online application process. It is vital that Stamp 1G Visa applications do not contain mistakes as this can lead to length delays or possible refusal – which can have a long-term impact on future immigration applications.

        If you are looking to renew your Stamp 1G for an additional period of twelve months, IAS can offer expert advice on how you can do it. We can ensure that you provide all the information and documents necessary for you to be able to stay in Ireland longer.

         Call us on 0333 305 9375 to get started with applying for a Stamp 1G.

        Advice Package icon

        Advice Package

        Need help with an immigration issue? Book a one-to-one advice session with one of our legal caseworkers.

        Application Package icon

        Application Package

        We can complete your visa application on your behalf, taking the stress and hassle out of the process.

        Fast Track Package icon

        Fast Track Package

        Need to submit an application quickly? We can help you complete and send it off in as little as 24 hours.

        Appeal Package icon

        Appeal Package

        Ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful appeal with our legal support and guidance.

        Advice Package image

        The Advice Package

        With our Advice Package, you can book a one-to-one session with one of our legal team and receive bespoke advice tailored for your situation. We will review your case and give you expert advice on how best to proceed with your immigration matter. Reach out to a member of our team and book your session today.

          Fill out the form

          Request the Advice Package
          Application Package image

          The Application Package

          Our Application Package is designed to help relieve the stress of immigration applications. One of our legal caseworkers will help you throughout the entire process, including establishing your eligibility for your chosen route, completing your application form to the highest standards and organising your documents. We will then submit it and monitor its status on your behalf.

            Fill out the form

            Request the Application Package
            Fast Track Package image

            The Fast Track Package

            Our premium Fast Track Package is ideal if you need to submit an application quickly, such as if you need to meet a tight deadline. Our lawyers will work closely with you to see that your application is completed to the highest standards and ensure you get your application in on time, helping to take the stress and pressure off you.

              Fill out the form

              Request the Fast Track Package
              Appeal Package image

              The Appeal Package

              Visa appeals can be a stressful process, especially if you’re relying on a specific visa to be approved. Our legal team can help you navigate the whole process and maximise your chances of a successful appeal, working alongside you to reach a favourable result. We can also represent you in immigration-related hearings and tribunals.

                Fill out the form

                Request the Appeal Package

                We offer immigration advice sessions as face to face appointments at all of our UK offices, or via the phone. Learn more

                  Request a call back from our immigration experts

                  Related pages for your continued reading.

                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  The Stamp 1G Visa is not only available to undergraduate students. Master’s and PHD students who have completed their studies are also eligible for this stamp. These applicants may be entitled to stay in the country for a full 24 months, as opposed to the standard length of 12 months.

                  All visa applicants must have proof of obtaining a level 8 or 9 certificate that is accredited by an Irish awarding body. However, the subject of the degree does not affect the graduate’s eligibility. Any degree subject is permitted.

                  There are no rules that only certain job roles are acceptable for the the Stamp 1G Visa. Any business trade or profession is allowed, provided that it does not involve being self-employed or having your own business.

                  However, if you are part of the Third Level Graduate Programme, you will need to find a trade or profession that qualifies as suitable graduate level employment. This could potentially exclude casual employment or a temporary work role.

                  No, you cannot. All applicants must have proof that they studied at an Irish university and that their degree was accredited by an Irish awarding body.

                  If you are employed in Ireland without either a work permit or an appropriate visa (e.g., the Stamp 1G), you could face criminal charges. There is also a high possibility that you would be deported from the country by Irish immigration authorities. It is very unlikely that you would ever be able to obtain Irish citizenship after this.

                  You must hold either an up-to-date employment permit, or a visa that excludes you from needing a work permit, as well as an Irish residence permit. The latter will feature the type of immigration permission you have bene given, such as Irish Stamp 1G or Stamp 4.