Permission to remain for undocumented non-EEA nationals


Undocumented non-EU nationals who previously held a valid student permission between 1 Jan 2005 to 31 Dec 2010, could apply for permission to remain in Ireland under a new immigration Scheme. The Scheme closed on 20 January 2019.

The Scheme allows you to remain in Ireland for 2 years with a right to work. You will be given a Stamp 4S. This Stamp does not entitle you to any public services or public funding.

After 2 years, if you have kept to the terms of your permission, you will be granted permission to remain for a further year. You will be given a Stamp 4.

Family reunification is not permitted under this Scheme. However, if you get permission to remain, your spouse/civil partner/de facto partner and dependent children may also be allowed to remain with you.


You can apply for this permission, if you first registered as a student with the immigration authorities from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2010 and lived in Ireland with a student type permission with a limited right to work. You must have remained in a student type permission since then or had a minimum of 2 years' registered student permission.

Your student type permission must not have changed to another type of permission. For example, you must not have been granted permission on Stamp 1 as an employment permit holder.

Registered student permissions include:

  • Trainee Accountants – Stamp 1A
  • Graduate - Stamp 1G
  • Temporary Stamp 1 (without the need for an employment permit). Please note this refers to permissions granted by INIS for temporary periods to certain persons who held a student type permission.
  • Student – Stamp 2 and Stamp 2A

You must be living continuously in Ireland.

You must have tried to avoid being unlawful in Ireland by engaging with immigration authorities and contributed to the economy as paying student and as a worker. You must be able to demonstrate a certain connection with Ireland.

You can find detailed information about how to qualify for the Scheme on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website (pdf).


There is a non-refundable fee of €250 and an additional fee of €450. The additional fee will be refunded to you if your application is unsuccessful. (If your application is successful, there will be an annual registration fee.)

How to apply

The Scheme is open from 15 October 2018 to 20 January 2019. INIS will not accept applications after 20 January 2019.

You can only apply for this permission online. INIS provides a Guide to completing your application form online (pdf).

Page edited: 21 January 2019