We have received several queries from students who have been residing in the State that the Department of Justice and Equality is granting Stamp 4 residency to those who have been residing in the State on student conditions on or before 2006.
At present, there is no official publication of a new policy on the INIS website to address this matter. The present position relating to students as stated on the website is the 2004 Student Probationary Extension Scheme which the Minister for Justice and Equality introduced in 2012. The Scheme only applied to non-EEA national students who entered the State and registered with GNIB before 1st January 2005. Eligible non-EEA national students were granted an initial two year probationary period on Stamp 2 immigration permission, and at the conclusion of the probationary period, they could apply for Stamp 4 residency subject to certain conditions being satisfied.
In March 2015, a notice was published on INIS website giving full details of the application process for the Stamp 4 permission to those non-EEA national students who had satisfied the terms of the 2004 Student Probationary Extension. For further information please click here.
A similar scheme has not been introduced on INIS website for those non-EEA national students who entered the State and registered with GNIB on or after 1st January 2005. We have written to the Department of Justice to clarify if/not such scheme exist. As at the time of this article, we have not received a feedback from the Department. We will keep you updated if any new development arises.