Changes to Stamp 4 Support Letter Application Process

The Department of Enterprise (DETE) has introduced substantial modifications to its application procedures for Stamp 4 support letters, effective from 30th November 2023. This announcement has direct implications for specific groups, notably impacting Critical Skills Employment Permit holders, Researchers on a Hosting Agreement, and NCHD Multi-Site General Employment Permit holders looking to transfer to a Stamp 4 permission.

Stamp 4 Support Letter Applications

From the specified date, DETE will cease accepting applications for Stamp 4 support letters. This change prompts a shift in the process for individuals who will now register Stamp 4.

Timely submissions are emphasized for those impacted by these adjustments, underscoring the importance of adhering to the new procedures.

Documentary requirements for Stamp 4 Residence Permission Registration

For those who did not apply to DETE for a support letter before 30th November 2023, Similar to the old process, it will require specific documentation for Stamp 4 residence permission registration.

Pending Applications

It is crucial to note that all applications submitted to DETE before 30th November 2023, will undergo regular processing under the old procedure so those applicants are not affected by the new rules.

Eligibility Criteria

Similar to the old process, applicants must have been registered and in permission for a minimum of 21 months under a Stamp 1, based on a Critical Skills Employment Permit and/or Hosting Agreement. Alternatively, under Stamp 1H as a Non-Consultant Hospital Doctor based on a Multi-Site General Employment Permit.

When to Apply

Applications for the renewal of permission are accepted up to 12 weeks before expiry to ensure sufficient processing time.

If you would like to discuss your Stamp 4 application and register or would like us to assist with your application, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@mcgrathmullan.ie and we would be happy to speak with you.

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