Since April this year there has been yet another product from the Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. This one is called the “Third Level Graduate Scheme“, which allows a “legally resident non-EEA third level graduates to remain in Ireland for the purpose of seeking employment and applying for a Green Card or Work Permit“. This may seem like a mouthful, but what it means is that once you have finished your studies in Ireland, you now apply for permission to look for a job here. They will give you 6 months to find such a position, otherwise you will have to leave.
Who can Apply
This permit is for anyone who will be receiving a primary, masters or doctorate degree from an Irish third level educational institution.
Length of Permit
The graduate is allowed to stay for 1 stay of up to 6 months after the date they receive their exam results. The purpose of these 6 months is to give the graduate a chance to find a job that would allow them to qualify for an Irish Green Card.
How to Apply
The relevant forms can be picked up from a local Garda station, and you will need to include the following in your application:
- An original signed letter from the college registrar’s office stating your completion of your course.
- Current Passport (this must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of any such permit)
- Certification of Registration issued by Garda National Emigration Bureau.
With this permit you can legally work 40-hours a week without a further employment permit. And unless you receive an Irish Green Card or get another valid permission to stay under some other scheme you will be required to leave the country.