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Stamp 0 - New Immigration Stamp

Posted: Thursday, December 08, 2011

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The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) introduced an additional immigration stamp which is called Stamp 0 on 1st December 2011. Stamp 0 is granted to a person on condition that they do not receive State Benefits (with the exception of emergency medical assistance). The person may also have to have private medical insurance. The person must be self-sufficient (fully supported by a sponsor in the State or have independent means). A holder of Stamp 0 is not entitled to work or engage in a trade, business or profession unless it is clearly stated in a letter from INIS that they may.   

Stamp 0 will only be granted in new cases. Non-EEA Nationals who currently hold another immigration stamp will not be eligible to change status to Stamp 0. According to the INIS Stamp 0 is a low level immigration permission that allows a person to remain lawfully in Ireland for a specific, temporary and limited purpose. It is not intended to be a pathway to a more permanent immigration status.

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