How to Apply for Ireland Permanent Residency in 2021?


You have stayed in Ireland long enough and want to apply for a Permanent Residency? We will help you to apply for Ireland Permanent residency.

Are You Eligible for Ireland Permanent Residency?

The eligibility criteria for Ireland Permanent Residence Permit is as follows:


A. Live in Ireland

Applicants must have lived in Ireland for at least five years to be eligible for Permanent Residency. Remember that the time you have non spent in the country is not accepted.


B. Work permit

People who have lived in Ireland under a legal work visa or work permit. Also, the applicant must have held a stamp 1 or stamp 4 while staying in Ireland.


C. Valid residence permit

You must hold a valid residence permit at the time of application.


D. Employment

You must be employed while making the application.


E. Good character

You must have preserved a good character while staying in Ireland. Applicants must have obeyed the Irish rule and not being convicted.


Spouse or dependents

Spouses or dependents of Ireland Permanent Residency holders are also eligible to apply. They must have lived for at least five years in Ireland. The family member must have achieved Permanent Residency before spouse or dependent apply.


Who is not Eligible for Ireland Permanent Residency?

Some foreign nationals are living in Ireland. Such people are not eligible even if they have lived in Ireland for five years:

  1. Ireland student visa holders.
  2. You are working in the Irish branch of an International company (Intra-Company Transferee).
  3. Employees of foreign embassies in Ireland.
  4. Ireland working holiday visa holders.
  5. People staying in Ireland under the Turkish agreement.
  6. Refugees
  7. People staying under business permission.
  8. You have the authorization to stay due to humanitarian reasons.
  9. Employment permit holders.
  10. People staying in Ireland due to IBC and IBC-05 programs.


What are the Requirements for Ireland Permanent Residency?

When made sure of your eligibility for Ireland Permanent Residency, you have to submit some requirements. They are as follows:

  • A copy of the legal, still valid of your work permit.
  • Provide a copy of your GNIB or Ireland Residence Permit card. You have to apply for it from the Ireland immigration office upon arrival.
  • The following items are related to your passport:
    • Copy of all pages. They must be colored and completely clear.
    • A copy of all the stamps on it.

In case you have received a new passport, remember to provide a copy of the previous one. It must include all the stamps you received from the Irish officials.


Application Process for Ireland Permanent Residency

The application process for Ireland Permanent Residency is as follows:


Step 1. Eligibility

Before you apply for Permanent Residency, see whether you are eligible or not. As we explained above, not everyone is eligible for it. Make sure and then begin the procedure.


Step 2. Application form

Did you make sure of your eligibility? Let’s begin.

First, you should complete the application form. You could find it on the  INIS website. When you completed it, mail it to the Long Term Residency Division of the INIS.

Step 3. Submit requirements

You must also submit the required documents. To know about them, see the section above. There is not a lot of paperwork for you.


Step 4. Wait for processing

When you submitted everything, wait for processing. The Irish authorities will decide whether you are eligible for a Permanent Residency in a week. If they do not find you fit, they will inform you.

If authorities find you eligible, they will continue processing your application.


Step 5. Pay fees

When the Irish officials approve your application, they will send you a letter. The letter will inform you to pay the fee for the application process.

Ireland permanent residency will cost you 500 EUR. You have to pay for 28 days.


Step 6. Receiving stamp

When you pay the fees, the Irish officials will issue your Permanent Residency. You have to visit the Irish Garda National Immigration Bureau to receive stamp 4 on your passport. It is valid for five years. Please remember that you could receive a different stamp.


Processing Time for Ireland Permanent Residency

The processing time for Ireland Permanent Residency is about 6-8 months. Please remember that it could take longer. It depends on different factors and your case.


Extending Ireland Permanent Residency

When your residency permit is about to expire, you do not have to apply for a new one. You could extend your permit for another five years. Just visit the local Immigration Office. They will complete the procedure for you.


What is Irish Without Condition As To Time Endorsement (WCATT)?

When foreign nationals have lived in Ireland for eight years, they can apply for Irish Without Condition As To Time Endorsement (WCATT). There is no expiry with a WCATT. Its validity is the same as your passport. When your passport expires, and you receive a new one, there is no need to apply for WCATT. You just apply to receive it on your passport.

Are You Eligible for Irish Without Condition As To Time Endorsement?

You have to be eligible to apply for a WCATT. The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Applicants must have lived in Ireland for eight years. The residence must be legal. Applicant must have stayed under one of the following stamps:
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
    • Stamp EuFam
  • The Applicant must apply from Ireland. He/she must be in Ireland at the time of application.


What are the Requirements for Irish Without Condition As To Time Endorsement?

You have to submit the following documents to apply for a WCATT:

  • Application form
  • Copy of all passport pages. If you have had other passports holding Irish stamp, provide them.
  • Irish Residence Permit (IRP) or GNIB Card
  • P60s or P45s from.
  • Proof to have received state benefit.


Application Process for Irish Without Condition As To Time Endorsement

The application process for Irish Without Condition As To Time Endorsement is as follows:


1. Check eligibility

Before you begin the procedure, check eligibility. You must comply with it. You can only apply for WCATT in the six months issuance of your current residence permit. If you have lived in Ireland longer than six months under the current residence permit, you will not be eligible.


2. Application form

Download the WCATT application form from the INIS website. Complete it carefully. Sign the Statutory Declaration part. Then sign and date it.


3. Submit requirements

Gather the requirements we mentioned above. Then mail them along with the application form to INIS.


4. Processing

Now you have to wait. The processing time might change. It depends on various elements. The standard processing time is about six months.


5. Submit passport

When Irish authorities approve your application, they will notify you. Then you should mail them your passport to get stamped. They will put Stamp 5 endorsement on your passport. It means you have the authorization to stay in Ireland without limitations.


6. Registering permission

When you received your stamped passport, visit the local immigration office. They will register your right of residence. The local immigration office will charge you a fee for registration. Be prepared to pay it.


Let’s sum up…

In this blog, we explained all you need to know about Ireland Residency Permit.

We have covered who is eligible for Permanent Residency, who is not, requirements, the application process, and more. The Irish Without Condition As To Time Endorsement also got covered.

We have provided all the visa information in the world here. You can simply find the visa that suits you through the menu of the site. Visit the left sidebar to get more familiar with other types of Ireland visas.

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