Immigration Law Ireland
Change of Immigration Permission or Status
Permission to remain in the state is in the form of an endorsement in your passport confirming the conditions and period of time for which you have permission to remain in the State.
It is only possible to apply for a renewal or variation in immigration permission when you are currently in permission. Applications for change of status made on the basis of Section 4(7) of the Immigration Act 2004 can only be considered when the applicant has a valid current permission to be in the State. Applications made on this basis by or on behalf of persons who are not lawfully resident will not be considered by the INIS.
An application for a change of immigration status can include changing from one category or stamp to another or a variation of the duration of the permission.
If you have an existing immigration permission which you wish to change, the key issue to be determined is whether you meet the criteria for the new status sought. If you currently have immigration permission to be in the State (Stamp 1, 2 or 3) and a valid in date Irish Residence Permit (IRP) or GNIB Card, you may apply to change that immigration permission. However, if you do not have current immigration permission you may not apply for a change of status in this way.
Any person seeking to change their immigration status should do so well before their current immigration permission expires. The fact that an application for change of status has been made and is under consideration does not affect or extend the applicants current permission.
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