What is long term residency permission
Applicants who have been legally resident in the State may apply for long term residency after they have lived in the State for a minimum of five years (60 months) on work permit/work authorisation or working visa conditions. Applicants who have been legally resident in the State for a minimum of five years on the basis of work permission may apply to the Long Term Residency Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service for a five year residency extension. In that context, the Applicant may also apply to be exempt from employment permit requirements.
Long term residence is granted on the basis that a non-EEA National has completed a minimum of five years legal residence in the State on work permit conditions which is reflected in the corresponding stamp 1 or stamp 4 endorsement on a person’s passport. Periods of time for which a person has not been legally resident in the State cannot be counted towards an application for long term residency.
If successful, an Applicant will be granted permission to remain in Ireland on a stamp 4 permission which will be valid for five years.