Critical Skills Employment Permit (CSEP) holders can continue to reside and work in Ireland upon the expiry of their employment permit, which is valid for two years, by applying for a Stamp 4 immigration permission. In order to change to a Stamp 4 immigration permission, a support letter from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE) is required. A CSEP holder can apply to DETE for a support letter after completing 21 months on their work permit. However, after 30 November 2023, a CSEP holder will no longer require a Stamp 4 support letter from DETE to apply for a Stamp 4 immigration permission. Instead, they will be required to make an application to change their status directly with the Immigration Service Delivery or their local immigration office, depending on where they reside in Ireland.
Work permits in Ireland: Changes to Stamp 4 Support Letter Process
Irish Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) published a notice on 15 November 2023 in respect of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE) Stamp 4 Support Letter process. Effective from 30 November 2023, the DETE will cease to accept applications for Stamp 4 Support Letters. From that point Stamp 4 applications and checks will be handled entirely by the Department of Justice/ISD. This is a significant update from an Irish immigration standpoint as it will impact Critical Skills Employment Permit (CSEP) holders.
This is a welcome change from both Departments and one that should significantly streamline the process for CSEP holders in applying for their Stamp 4 immigration status. However, there are currently delays in the renewal process for IRP cards, particularly in obtaining appointments with immigration offices outside of Dublin (which could take between 9-12 weeks). In those circumstances, individuals will need to be aware of their eligibility date and the expiry date of their IRP cards. Our office can assist you in managing this significant change for any affected employees.
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