The revised Programme offers graduates at level 9 or above of the National Framework of Qualifications up to a two year period of residence and the right to work in the State, offers up to one year for level 8 and abolishes the six month level 7. It will not be made retrospective, in other words a graduate in 2016 who is (or is not) currently availing of the 2016 programme as then in force, will not benefit from the 2017 one. Persons will have six months from the notification of their award (not their graduation) to apply to the immigration authorities for a change of permission.
The summary of conditions should be read in conjunction with the updated policy document available from INIS online.
Summary of Conditions
In order to qualify graduates:
- Must have been notified in writing by the relevant awarding body or institution on or after 1 January 2017 that they have achieved the award for which they had enrolled as a student.
- Must hold a current Stamp 2 student immigration permission and an up-to-date immigration registration card, and must apply within six months of being notified by the relevant awarding body or institution that they have achieved the award for which they had enrolled as a student.
- Must not have already exceeded the seven-year limit on their permission as a non-EEA national student in the State.
- May, if having previously benefitted from the Third Level Graduate Programme at a level 8 award or above, on achievement of a higher level award, e.g. level 9 or above, re-enter the Third Level Graduate Programme, subject to the overall limit of eight years.
- A graduate will not be permitted to access the Programme on more than two separate occasions, subject to 4) above.
- Must, in line with the obligation on any non-EEA national seeking to renew their permission to be in the State, comply with the laws of the State. Such persons are expected to be of good character and not to have come to the adverse attention of the authorities in any way.
- Must present evidence of the final award being attained by way of a parchment or, in circumstances where the graduation ceremony is yet to take place, an official letter for the awarding body / institution confirming that the award has been achieved. We will revert with arrangements for checking with the institutions and further information, including contact details will circulate in due course.
Categories of award and timelines applying
Graduates with an award of a recognised Irish awarding body at Levels 8 and above on the NFQ may qualify for this programme. The following are recognised Irish awarding bodies:
- The seven Irish universities; i.e. Trinity College, UCD, DCU, Maynooth University, UCC, NUIG and the University of Limerick
- Dublin Institute of Technology
- Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
- Institutes of Technology
- Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Graduates with an award at Level 8 are entitled to a twelve-month 1G permission to a maximum of seven years' student permission overall.. Graduates with an award at Level 9 or above may be granted an additional twelve-month permission, totalling twenty-four months and to a maximum of eight years' student permission overall. . In order to avail of the second twelve-month permission, the individual must demonstrate they have made suitable steps to secure graduate level employment, e.g. attending interviews and / or registering with an employment agency. Students graduating from May 2017 only are eligible to apply for the twenty-four month permission, therefore such renewal of Stamp 1G will only apply from May 2018.
Previously, holders of an award at Level 7 on the NFQ and holders of overseas-accredited Masters awards were eligible for a seven-month 1G permission. With the implementation of the new Graduate Programme, such awards will cease to be an eligible basis for granting this permission. The following transitional arrangements apply:
- Students enrolled, on or before 31 May 2017, on a programme leading to an award at level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications may present to their local registration office to renew their period of residence in the State for a period of six months’ only and will receive a Stamp 1G. These transitional arrangements will cease to apply after 31 December 2019. Students enrolled after 31 May 2017 in a programme leading to an award at Level 7 will not be permitted to avail of the Third Level Graduate Programme.
- Students enrolled on or before 31 May 2017 in a programme leading to an equivalent award at Level 9 of the National Framework of Qualifications but accredited by an overseas awarding body may apply for a six months’ permission on Stamp 1G conditions. This provision will cease with effect from 31 August 2018.
Thursday, 21 September 2017