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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 17 October 2019

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Questions (161)

Bernard Durkan


161. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the entitlement accruing to the holder of stamp 3 residency status in situations in which the parent of the applicant is a holder of stamp 5 status; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42903/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Deputy may be aware that there is comprehensive information on immigration permissions on the Immigration Service website -

However, for the ease of the Deputy, I can advise that 'Without condition as to Time' (Stamp 5) is placed in the passport of an individual who has completed 8 years (96 months) of legal residency in Ireland. The stamp is valid to the expiry of the non-EEA passport in which it is placed.  Applications are only accepted from applicants, whose current permission to remain is due to expire in the next six months. Student permission to remain in the State is not reckonable for this scheme. As this is a Ministerial scheme, successful applicants must not have come to the adverse attention of An Garda Síochána, or be an undue burden on the State.

 The holder of a stamp 3 is permitted to remain in Ireland on the basis that they are dependent on another person who is lawfully resident in the State. The holder of a stamp 3 permission is not permitted to work or claim any State welfare benefits. For example, a Stamp 3 permission can be issued to a dependent person of a non-EEA national who holds a work permit in the State.  After 8 years they may apply for Stamp 5 permission to remain in the State in their own right.