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New Bridging Permission for Stamp 2 Holders in Ireland English Language Schools: What You Need to Know

The Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) has introduced bridging permission for students completing their English language courses and proceeding to enrol in a Higher Education Programme starting by October 2024. This notice is only valid until 31 August 2024.


To be eligible for this permission, the student must:

  1. Completed their third English Language course and have enrolled in and paid fees for a Higher Education Programme listed on the ILEP, starting by the end of October 2024,

  2. Completed their second English Language course on or after July 1st and have enrolled in and paid fees for a Higher Education Programme listed on the ILEP, starting by the end of October 2024

Please note that the bridging permission does not extend to students who completed their second English Language course before July 1st, regardless of when they apply. However, these students can choose to undertake a third English language course and renew their permission based on that.


Extend your Stamp 2 now with the new bridging permission
Extend your Stamp 2 now with the new bridging permission

The criteria expected from the student are as follows:


  1. A valid IRP card or one that has expired within a month when making the bridging permission.

  2. Completed a third English Language course listed on the ILEP or completed a second English Language course listed on the ILEP on or after 1st July;

  3. Have enrolled in and paid fees in total for a Higher Education Programme listed on the ILEP;

  4. Apply for their permission via their local immigration office or online if you are in Dublin, Meath, Kildare, or Wicklow.

Registration Fees:


  1. For students whose second or third English language course finished on or after 1st July wishing to apply, this bridging permission will be fee-exempt.

  2. Students whose third English language course finished before 1st July wish to apply. This bridging permission will pay the standard fee of €300.

This permission, if approved, will be granted until September 30, 2024, and allows students to continue their studies while providing evidence of enrolment and payment for the upcoming programme listed on the Interim List of Eligible Providers (ILEP). Students are required to renew their immigration permission again after 30 September 2024.


Are you wondering what ILEP is or wish to know more about the application process? Are you eligible for this permission but too busy to apply? Let us do it for you! Contact Future Direct today! We are one of the leading immigration consultancy firms that provide immigration services to corporate and individual clients in Ireland. If you face difficulties applying for your employment or residence permit in Ireland, call us today at +353 872400433 or email info@futuredirect.ie. We are happy to answer your questions and help you in this matter.

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