Third Level Graduate Programme

Stayback Visa - Stamp 1G

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Ireland's Stayback Visa – Stamp 1G

Ireland's stayback visa for international students is known as the Third Level Graduate Programme, Stamp 1G. The visa allows non-EU/EEA students, who have graduated* from Irish higher education institutions after 1 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.

Temporary Stayback Visa Measures During COVID-19

Given the ongoing difficulties caused by Covid 19 and strictly on a one off basis, 2020/2021 international students who are otherwise eligible to apply for the Third Level Graduate Programme may remain in or return to their own countries to study online for trimester 2*.

These students will be deemed eligible to apply for the Third Level Graduate Programme as long as they meet all other existing criteria in addition to the below documents. For students currently studying remotely, they can apply for the Third level Graduate programme (1G), when they successfully complete their course (summer 2021) and will have to provide the following documentation:

  • Letter from their higher education institution stating that they were a student for the academic year 2020/2021;
  • Letter from their higher education institution stating that this course was taught 100% remotely, and that they were not required to attend classes in person.
  • Letter from the relevant awarding body or institution that they have achieved the award for which they were enrolled as a student.

In addition to this criteria, students who will have completed a one year Masters with an Irish higher education institution, and were unable to travel to Ireland to register their permission as a student in the State (for academic year 2020/2021), will have to travel to Ireland prior to the issuance of their final results in order to register their permission and qualify for the Third Level Graduate Programme. These students should delay their arrival until the Autumn, shortly before they receive their results.

*Our understanding is that this also covers students who are completing a summer trimester at UCD.

For the full notice please see the Notice: Third Level Graduate Programme Update.

 

Stayback Visa – Stamp 1G - Information

Students from outside the EU/EEA who have previously registered with Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) 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 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. 

If you have graduated in 2020, you wish to apply for the Stamp 1G and you are currently outside of Ireland due to the pandemic, you may submit your application electronically to the Registration Office: bqregofficeapplications@justice.ie

All required documentation should be scanned and included in the application and you should follow the guidance provided.

Applicants will still be required to register when they have returned to Ireland or appointments are available. This measure will cease to apply no later than 20 September 2021.

Given the ongoing difficulties caused by Covid 19 and strictly on a one off basis, 2020/2021 international students who are otherwise eligible to apply for the Third Level Graduate Programme may remain in or return to their own countries to study online for trimester 2*.

These students will be deemed eligible to apply for the Third Level Graduate Programme as long as they meet all other existing criteria in addition to the below documents. For students currently studying remotely, they can apply for the Third level Graduate programme (1G), when they successfully complete their course (summer 2021) and will have to provide the following documentation:

  • Letter from their higher education institution stating that they were a student for the academic year 2020/2021;
  • Letter from their higher education institution stating that this course was taught 100% remotely, and that they were not required to attend classes in person.
  • Letter from the relevant awarding body or institution that they have achieved the award for which they were enrolled as a student.

In addition to this criteria, students who will have completed a one year Masters with an Irish higher education institution, and were unable to travel to Ireland to register their permission as a student in the State (for academic year 2020/2021), will have to travel to Ireland prior to the issuance of their final results in order to register their permission and qualify for the Third Level Graduate Programme. These students should delay their arrival until the Autumn, shortly before they receive their results.

*Our understanding is that this also covers students who are completing a summer trimester at UCD.

For the full notice please see the Notice: Third Level Graduate Programme Update.

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 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.).

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.

https://dbei.gov.ie/en/What-We-Do/Workplace-and-Skills/Employment-Permits/

 

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: www.inis.gov.ie. 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.

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