Third Level Graduate Programme

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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.

Third Level Graduate Programme – 12 months permission

  • Graduates with a Level 8 award can avail of the TLGP for 12 months (subject to the 7-year rule)
  • Graduates with a Level 9 or above award can avail of the TLGP for 24 months (subject to the 8-year rule)
  • Permission is granted for twelve months initially
  • Renewal for a further period of twelve months is subject to satisfying Burgh Quay Immigration that efforts have been made to access graduate level employment (evidence of attendance at job interviews, signing up with graduate employment agencies etc). See policy for further details.

Third Level Graduate Programme – 24 months permission

Those availing of the Third Level Graduate Programme will be issued with a Stamp 1G. Those applying in Dublin should note the online immigration registration arrangements. It is recommended that you go online from 7 weeks before your registration card expiry date to book your appointment.

To make an appointment go to

To use the system, when applying for the 1G stamp, you will need your:

  • Passport number (if applicable)
  • Burgh Quay Irish Residence Permit card (old name: Certificate of Registration card)

You will need to bring the following documents when registering with the Burgh Quay Registration Office

  • A Statement of Final Results. To produce this Statement please see and click on ‘Statement of Results’)
  • Valid passport (with entry visa if applicable)
  • Confirmation of appointment email
  • Burgh Quay Irish Residence Permit card (old name: Certificate of Registration card)
  • 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.
  • A credit/debit card for payment of €300 registration fee (or Bank Giro obtainable from Burgh Quay)

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.

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.