Ireland: Stamp 4 Eligibility Permissions and Timeline

Key Points  

  • Ireland updated its eligibility conditions for Critical Skills Employment Permit holders applying for Stamp 4 permissions  

Changes to Stamp 4 Applications for Critical Skills Employment Permit Holders 

The government of Ireland published details on the changes to eligibility for Stamp 4 applications for Critical Skills Employment Permit (CESP) holders. Check out the breakdown of these changes below with insights from Aaron Flynn, Director of Immigration at Envoy Global’s Dublin Office.  

Aaron Flynn – Director of Immigration in our Dublin Office, has welcomed the changes as they will alleviate the issues created by a change of process introduced in November.  The Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment ‘DETE’ and Immigration Service Delivery – ‘ISD’ introduced a process change for Stamp 4 applications for CSEP holders. This was announced without notice last month and applied from 30 November 2023.

The main difference was that the earliest application date for Stamp 4 was no longer 21 months from the commencement date of the employment permit. The earliest application date was 21 months from the commencement date of the Stamp 1 Irish Residence Permit (‘IRP Card’). As it can take time for employees to register and obtain the IRP card, in many cases, employers were required to obtain a second CSEP. Envoy Global provided feedback on the difficulties caused by this new policy to DETE and the ISD.

ISD today announced changes to the process so that a Stamp 4 (IRP Card application) can be submitted upon completion of 21 months from commencement of employment in the State. Commencement of employment in the State will be determined via an ‘Employment Detail Summary’, available on,/yaccount.

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of Ireland’s website and Envoy Global’s website for the latest updates and information.  

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