Third Level Graduate Programme

Stayback Visa - Stamp 1G

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Ireland's Stay-back Visa – Stamp 1G

Ireland's “stay-back visa” for international students refers to the Third Level Graduate Programme. This programme allows legally resident non-EEA students who hold a level 8 or level 9 award from a recognised Irish awarding body to stay in Ireland after their studies for a period of time and work full time without further authorisation.

The details of the programme are set out in the policy document which can be accessed from this site and should be read carefully. Please visit the Irish Immigration Service website for further information.

UCD students can apply to avail of the Programme once their Statement of Final Results are available confirming that the requirements of the award they enrolled has been achieved. You can check the date of release of final results UCD exam results information.

 

Stay-back Visa – Stamp 1G - Information

Students from outside the EU/EEA who have previously registered with Irish Immigration Service for the Stamp 2 permission must apply for their Stamp 1G through the online renewal portal.

You will be requested to pay a €300 registration fee and will need copies of the following documents when submitting your first time Stamp 1G application:

  • Valid passport 
  • IRP card indicating the Stamp 2 permission
  • A Statement of Final Results. To produce this Statement please see visit the UCD Statement of Results page for instructions on how to get your statement. 
  • Evidence of private medical insurance (purchased in Ireland), which must have a minimum coverage of €25,000 for in-hospital treatment in an Irish hospital.

While the rules allow for production of the degree scroll awarded on graduation, as UCD awarding ceremonies usually take place some months after your immigration permission expires, it is recommended that you avail of the TLGS on receipt of your official results.

If the application is successful a new IRP card will be posted to the address provided. There is no requirement for the applicant to attend the Burgh Quay office in person. Processing times are usually 3-5 weeks.

Students from outside the EU/EEA who graduated with an award at Level 9 or above (e.g. masters or PhD courses) can avail of the Stamp 1G or stay-back visa permission for twenty-four months. 

Initially you will be granted the Stamp 1G for 12 months, and will then be able to apply for one renewal for another 12 month permission.

The renewal application is also processed through the online renewal portal and applicants should satisfy 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, emails confirming job application was received, booking interviews, interview feedback, etc.).

Please note that the online renewal system will be available to international students who are resident in Dublin and currently in Ireland.  Applications cannot be made if a person is outside of Ireland. 



Revised immigration arrangements, for Ireland's stayback visa, Stamp 1G or the Third Level Graduate Programme, were introduced on 31 May 2017.

For full details see the policy document.

  • 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.).

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