Third Level Graduate Programme

Stamp 1G

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Third Level Graduate Programme – Stamp 1G

The Third Level Graduate Programme allows non-EU/EEA students who have graduated* from Irish higher education institutions after 1st January 2017, with a Level 8 or above degree (bachelor’s, masters or doctorate), to remain in Ireland to seek employment.

*While the INIS regulations refer to ‘graduated’, students generally apply for this scheme following the issuing of successful examination/degree results. In UCD the graduation ceremony takes place some months after the issuing of results.

Revised immigration arrangements, for the Third Level Graduate Programme, were introduced on 31st May 2017.

For full details see the policy document here.

  • The applicant must hold a current Stamp 2 student immigration permission and an up-to-date immigration registration card, and must apply within six months of obtaining their degree.
  • They must not have already exceeded the seven year limit to remain in Ireland as a non-EU/EEA student
  •  Graduates who have previously obtained the Third Level Graduate Programme can, on achieving a higher level award (Level 8 to Level 9), apply for the TLGP again, subject to an 8 year limit on remaining in Ireland.
  • A graduate is not permitted to access the TLGP on more than two separate occasions.
  • Applications for the TLGP will not be accepted from persons whose permission to be in the State has lapsed.
  • Employers are permitted to hire graduates, who have obtained the TLGP, for up to 40 hours per week.

Persons qualifying for Stamp 1G permission of up to twelve months

Graduates with an award at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications will be granted a twelve-month permission to a maximum of seven years' student permission overall. This applies mostly to undergraduate students.

Persons qualifying for Stamp 1G permission of up to twenty-four months

Graduates with an award at Level 9 or above on the National Framework of Qualifications qualify for the Programme will be granted permission for twenty-four months to a maximum of eight years’ student permission. This applies mostly to master’s and PhD students.

Please note: Graduates will be granted permission for twelve months initially. This will be renewed for a further period of twelve months where the graduate satisfies the immigration authorities that they have taken appropriate steps to access suitable graduate level employment (e.g. attendance at job interviews, signing up with graduate employment agencies, etc.).

A new online Registration Renewal system is currently in place for Dublin-based students. This means all Dublin-based students seeking to apply for the Third Level Graduate Programme will no longer have to book an appointment and attend the registration office in person to be granted with the Stamp 1G. If you live outside Dublin you should contact your local immigration office to arrange a time to register. 

To move from the Stamp 2 to the Stamp 1G you have to prepare an online application through the INIS Online renewal application portal.

Please see the documents you must upload to the portal to support your application:

*In case your final results have not been released by the time of your application, you can apply using the provisional results confirmation letter. Provisional results will be available to you on 14 October 2020, and you can now request a confirmation letter from UCD in advance by filling in this quick form. If you complete this form now, UCD will email the confirmation letter to you from 15 October and you will then be able to upload the letter to the Stamp 1G application portal along with other required documents.

Please note that once you upload the above documents to the renewal portal, you will be asked to send your original passport and IRP card by post to the Immigration Service Delivery.

A €300 fee applies to all applications and this is paid online at the time of application.

Please make sure you have your correct address in SiSweb as it will be printed in your documents. Your new IRP card will be posted to the address you provide.

You can find further information about registration renewals on the Immigration Service Delivery website and you can submit a query by emailing

During or after the TLGP, you may be eligible to apply for an employment permit. UCD Global recommends that you view the website of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation for information and updates.


The information from INIS (summary for UCD students above) reflects current policy as regards the Third Level Graduate Programme. Immigration policies are kept under ongoing review and are therefore subject to change. Any change of policy by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service will be indicated in advance on the INIS website: You are advised to consult this website from time to time for the most up-to-date notices.

UCD Global provides this section of the website for information only and is not bound by any errors or omissions.