In Ireland, an immigration stamp is a number which is endorsed on the passport of a non-EEA national by An Garda Síochána which indicates the form of residence permission granted permitting them to live in Ireland. It also indicates what a person can and cannot do whilst resident on the particular permission granted.
The stamp is also placed on a person’s Irish Residence Permit after registration with the immigration authorities.
The immigration stamps are 0, 1, 1A, 1G, 2, 2A, 3, 4, 4s, 5 and 6.
In practice, the most sought-after immigration stamp is a Stamp 4 permission to remain. A stamp 4 permission to remain is a temporary immigration permission which allows the holder to reside in Ireland to a certain date, and is renewable provided that they have complied with the terms of the permission and obeyed the laws of the state. It allows the holder to work for somebody else, to be self-employed, to set up a business, to study along with many other benefits. For many non-EEA nationals, a stamp 4 permission to remain is the holy grail of Irish immigration permissions.
How does a non-EEA-national obtain a Stamp 4 permission to reside in Ireland
There are many routes to obtaining a Stamp 4 permission to remain, the most common of which are as follows and are explained in other sections of the website: