The Immigration Service Delivery have helpfully announced a revised temporary measure for non-EEA national students seeking to avail of the Third Level Graduate Programme.

Instead of attending the GNIB in Dublin or local immigration offices around the country for registration, applications for a Stamp 1G immigration permission can now be submitted electronically to GNIB at Supporting documentation must be scanned and submitted with the application.

Students who have returned to their home countries or ordinary residence as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can also file the electronic applications, as well as students currently resident in the State.

Once the GNIB and local registration offices re-open, students will be required to register the permission granted as normal. Whilst it is not mentioned in the ISD update, it is important to note that students from visa required countries whose Stamp 2 has expired will need to apply for visas to return  to the State and delays will expected in this regard due to the current closure of visa offices.

The temporary measures will cease to apply no later than 30th of September 2020. 

This is an extremely welcomed development and provides certainty to many third level students who are coming to their end of their courses and who are eligible for the Stamp 1G permission to remain.

The announcement can be found at the following link

Sinnott Solicitors who are a Government approved essential service continue to operate throughout the current COVID-19 crisis. Should you have any queries on your own immigration status or situation do not hesitate to contact our Immigration Department today on 0035314062862, or Appointments are available via Telephone or Video conference from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday.