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Stamp 4

Stamp 4

Stamp 4 indicates permission to stay in Ireland for a specified period, subject to conditions. Stamp 4 is reckonable as a residence when applying for citizenship by naturalisation.

Summary of conditions

  • You can take up employment and are not required to hold an Employment Permit.
  • You can work in a profession, subject to conditions of the relevant professional or other bodies.
  • You can establish and operate a business.
  • You may access state funds and services as determined by Government departments or agencies.
  • If you wish to stay in Ireland past the expiry date of your immigration permission, you must apply to renew your permission and registration before they expire.


You may be given Stamp 4 if you have had permission to work in Ireland:

  • With a valid Critical Skills employment permit for 2 years
  • With a valid employment permit for 5 years
  • As a researcher (ie with a valid Hosting Agreement) for 2 years


You may be given Stamp 4 if you are granted permission:

  • To join your Irish spouse, civil partner or de-facto partner
  • To join your EU/EEA or Swiss family member based on EU Treaty Rights
  • To join a family member who has immigration permission based on Stamp 4EUFAM (ie EU Treaty Rights)
  • To join your family member who is a recognised refugee or has been granted subsidiary protection
  • To remain with your child who is an Irish citizen
  • Under the Investor and Entrepreneur Programme (including spouse/partner & family)
  • For Long Term Residence
  • As a convention or programme refugee, or based on subsidiary protection

Stamp 4S

  • This scheme closed on 20 January 2019.
  • The scheme applied to non-EEA persons who commenced their presence in the State lawfully under student permission with a limited right to work and maintained that lawful presence for at least two years.
  • The scheme permitted qualifying persons to remain in the State with a right to work for 2 years on Stamp 4S conditions. After two years, if a qualifying person adhered to the terms of the permission they were granted permission to reside in the State for a further year under Stamp 4 conditions.
  • Family reunification not permitted under this scheme. However, with regard to family unity, if one qualified under this Scheme the family circumstances of persons already in the State were taken into consideration.
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