Special Visa Scheme for non-EEA nationals who held a Student Permission 2005-2010 - Applications now open

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The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has announced a new visa scheme that will allow certain undocumented non-EEA nationals who came to Ireland as international students between 2005 and 2010 to remain in Ireland lawfully.

You can apply for a visa under this scheme if you:

  • first registered as a student with the immigration authorities on or after 1 January 2005, but not later than 31 December 2010 and commenced your presence in the State lawfully under a student permission with a limited right to work;
  • have remained in permission since then, or if not, have had a minimum of two years' registered student permission;
  • have attempted to avoid being unlawfully in the State through engaging with the immigration authorities;
  • have not had your immigration stamp changed other than a student type permission, for example been granted a work permit, family reunification or other legal status;
  • are living in the State continuously since your arrival in the State and can provide supporting documentary evidence of your continued presence in the State at least throughout 2016, 2017 and 2018 to date;
  • are of good character and of good conduct;
  • have no adverse criminal record in this State or any other jurisdiction;
  • have been lawfully employed in the State while under student permission, evidenced by furnishing P60 forms or P45 forms;
  • can provide a history of your enrolment/registration as a student, including details of any qualification(s) gained.

Applications must be submitted online by 20 January 2019.

The total cost of a Stamp 4S visa is €700. All applicants will also be subject to the annual €300 registration fee.

Full details of the scheme can be found here.


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