Path to Permanent Residency in Ireland

    Updated on: 02 Feb 2023

    How to Get Permanent Residency in Ireland?

    People who live in Ireland know what a good deal they are getting by being lucky enough to live on a quaint small nation on the West of Europe in the middle of the Atlantic. With a robust economy, job opportunities, serenity, and of course the breathtaking natural beauty together make Ireland one of the loveliest places to reside in the world. A long list of tech giants has their back-offices in Ireland including the likes of Google, Apple, IBM, and PayPal. In a nutshell, the country lures people from all over the globe with its potpourri of calming opportunities and contrastingly tranquil backdrop.

    If you are a student planning to settle in the mesmerizing country of Ireland, you’ll find Ireland’s welcoming reputation backed up by an open and simple immigration process.

    It’s hassle-free to enter, stay, work and live! 

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    Start by Getting an Admit

    Apply for exams like TOEFL, IELTS, GAMSAT etc. Use various sources to collect information about the universities that you want to apply for like their eligibility criteria, application procedure etc. Send in your application before the deadline and make sure that you have a valid passport.

    Read also: Top 10 Universities in Ireland to Study

    Get Proof of Funds

    Proof of funds is mandatory for getting a visa and therefore, education loan is something that a study abroad aspirant must get before applying for the visa. Abroad education loans play a pivotal role in fulfilling the amount of money required to study abroad. For any help related to education financing, you can contact GyanDhan and get free education loan assistance and the best options for abroad education loans. You can Check Your Loan Eligibility Here.

    Get a Student Visa

    First, find out which types of visa you need:

    'C type study visa' – for any study program/course that lasts less than three months.

    'D type study visa' – if you applied for a course that lasts longer than three months.

    You will be required to provide proof of English language proficiency through an internationally recognized certificate that has been issued within two years of the expected start date of the course to be considered valid. Accepted English exams are IELTS, TOEFL, PTE etc.

    To read more about Ireland Visa For Study, click here.

    Get Internship – Increase your chances of full-time employment

    You can apply for various internships to get practical exposure, as well as to earn some extra money. You can work part-time (up to 20 hours per week during semesters) or full-time (40 hours per week during scheduled holidays).

    To read more about Part-Time Work Options in Ireland, click here.

    Get a Residence Permit

    If you enrolled for a study degree that lasts longer than three months, you will need to register at the local GNIB as soon as you arrive in Ireland.

    The residence permit allows you to stay in the country for up to 12 months and will receive a Certificate of Registration (known as a Green Book), which must be renewed before it expires.

    Get Your Work Permit

    There is 2 key type of work permits:

    The Irish General Work Permit is an employment permit which allows a non-EU citizen to work in Ireland. The permit is initially granted for two years. This employment permit is granted to applicants with a job offer.

    Critical Skills Employment Permit is open to those in professions on the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List, which includes the tech industry. Getting this permit means that your quest for permanent residency is fast-tracked.

    Note that a minimum remuneration of €30,000 is required for work permits. In exceptional circumstances, work permits may also be considered where the remuneration is less than €30,000:

    • A non-EEA student who has graduated within 12 months from an overseas third-level institution and has been offered a graduate position on the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations list.
    • A non-EEA student who has graduated within 12 months from a non-EEA institution and has been offered a graduate position from the ICT Category on the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations list.

    In both of these cases, in order to renew the permit, you must be earning at least €30,000.

    Fees for these permits are fairly small: there is a €500 fees for a permit of 6 months or less, and a €1,000 fee for a permit of 6 months to 2 years. If unsuccessful, 90% of this fee will be refunded to you.

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    Extending Your Work Visa

    You will normally be given permission for the duration of your stated purpose. Permission is generally granted on an annual basis. The general employment permit can be issued for a duration of 6 months to 2 years and extended up to a further 3 years. Permit holders may be able to bring their dependents to Ireland after 1 year, but must be able to support them financially.

    Apply For Permanent Residency

    Generally, you can apply for residency after legally living in Ireland for 5 years – this includes General Employment Permit holders. However, as a nice advantage for techies, Critical Skills Employment Permit holders can apply for residency after just 2 years! Once you’ve been granted residency, you won’t need any further employment permits.

    How To Get Citizenship?

    After five years of residency and supporting yourself in Ireland, you may be eligible to apply for citizenship. Being a citizen in Ireland entitles you to apply for an Irish passport as well as to vote in all Irish elections and makes you a citizen of the EU.

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    Q. Can international students settle in Ireland?

    Yes, international students can certainly settle in Ireland. 

    Q. How can I get PR for Ireland after student visa?

    Getting a student visa is not the only requirement for getting a PR in Ireland. In fact, international students should focus on making their academic and work profile so strong that they gain a PR in Ireland easily. Students can do this by doing internships and maintaining a good academic score. Then they need to get a work permit. Normally, you get PR after 5 years of living in Ireland. 

    Q. How many years visa does Ireland give for students?

    Students pursuing a course which lasts less than three months should apply for 'C type study visa,’ while students pursuing a course lasting for more than three months should apply for 'D type study visa.' If a student applies for a study degree that lasts longer than three months, he/she needs to register at the local GNIB as soon as he/she arrives in Ireland.

    Q. Can I stay in Ireland after my studies?

    The Third Level Graduate Scheme Permission allows non-EU/EEA students graduating from higher education institutions in Ireland to stay in the country for up to 24 months to find employment. To be eligible for this scheme, the student needs to have an award granted by an Irish awarding body which is recognised or a bachelor’s/master’s/PhD degree. Plus you should be eligible to work upto for 40 hours per week and have a valid GNIB card which can be extended till 24 months. After 24 months, you will become eligible for the work permit. 

    Q. What is the equivalent of a green card?

    The Green Card Permit for Ireland is known as the equivalent of Green Card in Ireland.  This permit lets skilled individuals to work in Ireland after two years of living in the country. 

    Q. Who is eligible for permanent residence in Ireland?

    General Employment Permit Holders can apply for permanent residency after legally living in Ireland for 5 years. Generally, you can apply for residency after legally living in Ireland for 5 years. This includes General Employment Permit holders. Critical Skills Employment Permit can apply for PR after 2 years.

    First published date: 30 Aug 2017


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