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Final temporary extension of immigration permissions granted until 15 Jan 2022

Ministers Humphreys and Browne announce the final temporary extension of immigration permissions


  • For permissions due to expire between 21 September 2021 and 15 January 2022, they will all automatically be extended to 15 January 2022

  • The extension is the final one and applies to people with permissions extended under previous notices

  • For ALL permissions/Stamps registered by the Immigration Service and An Garda Síochána


What does this mean for Stamp 1G holders?

For Stamp 1G holders who are close to their IRP expiry date (or whose IRP has already expired and is on the previous automatic extensions), this final extension gives you additional 4 months to (1) search for a job and (2) apply for an employment permit and move to Stamp 1. You are allowed to continue to stay and work in Ireland until the 15th of January 2022.


Please bear in mind it may take you more than 4-months to do the above two things. Currently, employment permit applications alone have a processing time of about 3-4 months with the DETE.


Therefore, if by November 2021, you are not able to secure an employment permit or have an employment permit application in progress, we would advise that you make a written application for a Formal 1G Extension, which we have successfully processed for many of our clients, see attached. The processing time for a Formal 1G Extension application can be up to 2 months (bear in mind the holidays in December).


Please note a Formal 1G Extension is different to the automatic extension the Department has offered.

  • A Formal 1G Extension will enable you to renew to a valid IRP card. This is recognised by employers when job-hunting and needed if you want to travel abroad.


  • An automatic extension will not give you an updated IRP card. If your current IRP card has expired, you will not be able to travel abroad.



Can I still avail of a Formal 1G Extension after this 4-months of automatic extension?

Yes, our office has successfully obtained 12-months extensions for many of our clients, see attached. So if you wish to avail of this, you can get in touch with us and have your application prepared for submission in November.


We are processing a large number of such cases, so it's recommended to get in touch with us early on, to avoid any delays.



What if I have a Formal 1G Extension application in progress?

If you currently have a Formal 1G Extension application in progress with our office, you can choose to delay the application submission date to November, to avail of the maximum amount of extension available.


If your application has been submitted already, then you will need to wait for the results to be posted to you.



What if my Stamp 1G expires after January 2022?

You will be able to apply for a Formal 1G Extension in writing to the Dept. of Justice, which we have successfully processed for many of our clients, see attached.



What if I have an employment permit application in progress?

If you have submitted your employment permit application or are in the process of waiting for it to be approved, then this 4-months extension will give you enough time to wait for the result of your application.


If the employment permit application is successful, then you will be able to smoothly transfer to a Stamp 1. If for any reason, your employment permit application is not successful, then you will need to apply for a Formal 1G Extension first, so you can stay in Ireland, and at the same time re-apply for your employment permit.


Future Direct specialises in Irish Employment Permits and immigration. We welcome this final visa extension and believe it will benefit many people in the international student community.

In the past months, we have successfully obtained many 12-months Formal 1G Extensions and employment permits for our clients, as attached below.


Should you require us to make the application on your behalf or have any questions, feel free to call us today at +353 872400433 or email info@futuredirect.ie. We are happy to answer your questions.




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