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A new immigration stamp has been introduced to cater for those under the Third Level Graduate Scheme.

At present, third level non-EEA students graduating with Irish degree awards can take advantage of an extension of their immigration permission. The Third Level Graduate Scheme allows legally resident non-EEA third level graduates to remain in Ireland for the purposes of seeking employment and applying for a green card or work permit.

The new stamp (Stamp 1G) will help employers determine those students who are entitled to work full time under the scheme. (There are no changes to eligibility criteria for the scheme.)

Students received Stamp 2 before the new categorization. We expect a transitional period, where some existing graduates have a Stamp 2, while others have a Stamp 1G. Graduates with permission under the scheme with Stamp 2 are similarly entitled to work full time. They should also be able to produce a transcript of their final results from the college in support of their entitlement to an employer.

The Third Level Graduate Scheme may only be used once. Full details are provided in the document guidelines for degree programme students.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further enquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact the Regional Immigration Manager, EMEA, Vladimir Dziak.

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