Children of legally resident migrants will be given different types of ‘Stamps’ depending on what type of Stamp their parents/guardians hold. A Stamp is evidence of permission to remain in the State. Each Stamp outlines what types of permissions that person has, i.e. what they are legally entitled to do such as work or study. See here for information about what each type of Stamp means.
Stamps are usually gotten from the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). The GNIB usually registers children of Stamp 1 or Stamp 4 holders with a Stamp 2 or a Stamp 2A. Children normally receive a Stamp 2 A while they are still in 2nd level education (secondary or high school) and a Stamp 2 if they choose to enter 3rd level education (university or college).
Citizenship: Time spent on a Stamp 2/2A as a dependent family member of a Stamp 1 or Stamp 4 holder can count towards ‘reckonable residency’. This is the requirement that you must have spent a certain amount of time residing in Ireland before applying for Citizenship. But it only counts for ‘reckonable residency’ if the application is made before the Stamp 2/2A holder turns 24 years old and if the Stamp 2/2A holder is still in education. The Stamp 1 or Stamp 4 holder parent/ guardian must also be legally resident during that period.
Stamp 2/2A holders can apply for a change in immigration status if their parent becomes naturalised as an Irish citizen or if their parent is married to an Irish national. There is no formal application process for this and the Minister makes a discretionary decision (that means she/he decides on a case-by-case basis whether or not to allow a change in immigration status). Applications usually take 6-9 months to process and should be sent to the ‘Spouse of an Irish National Unit’ of INIS.
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