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Visa Stamps

Summary of Immigration Stamps

There are 4 main immigration stamps. A summary of each is provided below:

Immigration Stamp

Example

Stamp 0

Issued to a service provider sent to Ireland by an overseas company to carry out a particular task for a limited time, an extended visit in excpetional humanitarian circumstances and visiting academics. For futher information go to: www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Stamps.

 

Stamp 1

Issued to those on work permits, green card permits, spouse dependent work permits, business permission

Stamp 1A

Issued to accountancy students for the purpose of fulltime training

Stamp 2

Issued to students registered on a full time course in an institution recognised by the Department of Education and Science. Students can work 20 hours/week during the term and full time hours during holiday periods.

Stamp 2A

Issued to students who are attending a course not recognised by the Department of Education. Students are not entitled to work.

Stamp 3

Issued to a non-EEA spouse or dependent of an employment permit holder, a non-EEA visitor, a non-EEA retired person of independent means, a non-EEA Minister of Religion and Member of Religious Order

Stamp 4

Issued to a non-EEA family member of an EEA national, a non-EEA spouse/partner of an Irish national, a refugee, a programme refugee, a person granted family reunification under the Refugee Act, 1996 (as amended)

Stamp 4EU FAM

Issued to the non-EEA national family member of an EU national where the family member qualifies under the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2006. See www.inis.gov.ie

Note: Those on work authorisation/working visas were issued with Stamp 4 but this scheme has now been replaced with the Green Card Permit scheme.