230. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the criteria required and the process of application for a stamp 4 immigration permission. [27504/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that Stamp 4 indicates permission to stay in Ireland for a specified period, subject to conditions. Full details of the criteria and application process are available on the INIS website -
Stamp 4 is reckonable as residence when applying for citizenship by naturalisation. Holders of a Stamp 4 permission may:
- Take up employment and are not required to hold an Employment Permit (although they cannot be employed in the general labour market if they were granted permission under the Investor or Entrepreneur Programmes);
- Work in a profession, subject to conditions of the relevant professional or other bodies;
- Establish and operate a business;
- Access state funds and services as determined by Government departments or agencies.
If an individual wishes to stay in Ireland past the expiry date of their immigration permission, they must apply to renew their permission and registration before they expire.
There are a range of circumstances when a Stamp 4 may issue and the process will differ depending on the type of case. They may be given a Stamp 4 if they have had permission to work in Ireland:
- with a valid Critical Skills employment permit for two years
- with a valid employment permit for five years
- as a researcher (with a valid Hosting Agreement) after two years legal residence in the State on Stamp 1.
They may also be given Stamp 4 if granted permission:
- to join an Irish spouse, partner or de facto partner
- to join an EU/EEA or Swiss family member based on EU Treaty Rights
- to join a family member who has immigration permission based on Stamp 4EUFAM (EU Treaty Rights)
- to join a family member who is a recognised refugee or has been granted subsidiary protection
- to remain with a child who is an Irish citizen
- under the Investor and Entrepreneur Programme (including spouse/partner and family)
- for Long Term Residence
- as a convention or programme refugee, or based on subsidiary protection.