Stamp 4 -Long Term Residency

A non-EEA European Economic Area national who has been lawfully resident long-term in Ireland can make an application to the Immigration Service Delivery for long-term residency permission.

The timeframe condition requirement is 60 months ie 5 years while holding employment permits.

So, the person must have attained legal residence for 60 months in order to seek this Residence Permission type.

If you have any questions, we will be happy to help.

Long Term Residency


Immigration stamps on the person’s passport or detail from the Irish Residence card regarding timeframes will be assessed as part of the application.

The time period mentioned above must be met.

The good character test will assessed by the application decision makers.

You must be currently legally residing in the state and not a burden to the state.

Certain stamp permissions qualify for counting time periods, however, some do not.

If you worked in Ireland with a work permit on Stamp 1, for example, the time on this immigration permission is calcuable for this application type.


The application process can take some time.

Applications are made to the long term residency division of Immigration Service Delivery Department of Justice, 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.

If the application is granted you will obtain a letter of approval and a fee of €500 is required for the department.


If the applicant is successful they may obtain Stamp 4 permission for five years.

The successful applicant with a Stamp 4 permission status will have a right to work without a work permit.

Spouses / Dependants

Spouses can also apply for for long term residency, if the the spouse etc. holds long term residency.

A dependant of a person who holds Long Term Residency can also apply for Long Term Residency.

Immigration Lawyer

If you have questions about long term residency, you can speak with an immigration lawyer on (01) 546 1121 or  (052) 612 1999.


Please be advised that the above-mentioned material is intended as an overview and as a broad outline of the topic discussed. It should not be considered as complete and comprehensive legal advice, nor act as an appropriate substitute.

Due care has been taken in the publication of this article and we do not accept legal liability as a result of reliance on any material covered in the above article.

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