DCU Employment Permits Guidelines

Employment Permits 

Graduate Scheme

What is the Graduate Scheme
The Graduate scheme enables legally resident non-EEA third level graduates to remain in Ireland for period of time after they have graduated from their respective course. During this period of time they can seek employment and work in Ireland without an employment permit.

Graduate Scheme Duration
The duration of the graduate scheme is either 6 or 12 months. The duration depends on the level of qualification obtained by the graduate (please see next points). Entry to the scheme is facilitated by application and the start of the scheme is based on the official receipt of exam results.

Six Month Graduate Scheme Duration
This scheme is open to a non-EEA student who has on or after 1 January 2007 acquired a Primary Degree, i.e. Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications from an Irish third level educational institution.

Twelve Month Graduate Scheme Duration
This scheme is open to a non-EEA student who has on or after 1 January 2007 acquired an Honours Degree, a Higher Diploma – equivalent of an Honours Degree, a Masters Degree, a Post-Graduate Diploma or a Doctorate Degree, i.e. a qualification from level 8 – 10 on the National Framework of Qualification from an Irish third level educational institution.

A full list of Irish third level educational institutions can be reviewed at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_higher_education_institutions_in_the_Republic_of_Ireland

Applying for the Graduate Scheme
It is important to note that third level graduates are not automatically included on this scheme, i.e. individuals must apply for entry on to the scheme. Applications may be made at the applicant’s local Garda Síochána registration office, or, if living in the Dublin area, to the Garda National Immigration Bureau, 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.

Application Documents Required

  • An original letter signed by the College Registrar (on the headed paper of the College) stating that the applicant has completed the course of study satisfactorily and the qualification gained
  • Current passport
  • Current Certificate of Registration issued by the Garda National Immigration Bureau.

Application Fees
The normal fees for the issuing of Certificates of Registration will apply to this Scheme.

Permission to remain
Persons who qualify under this scheme will be granted one non-renewable extension to their current student permission (Stamp 2) for a 6 or 12 month period starting on the date upon which the person receives their exam results. The purpose of the permission to remain under this Scheme is to seek employment and gain a Hosting Agreement, Critical Skills Employment Permit or Work Permit.

Conditions

A person granted an extension to their permission to remain in the State under the Graduate Scheme shall be subject to the following terms and conditions:

  • Will be allowed to work for up to 40 hours per week without an employment permit
  • Will not engage in self employment or operate a business in the State

Expiry
This scheme shall automatically expire after a period of 6 months. In circumstances where the holder of a permission under this Scheme, obtains a Hosting Agreement, Critical Skills Employment Permit or Work Permit that person shall be required to obtain permission to remain under the relevant employment scheme.

At the expiry of the six-month period the person will no longer be legally resident in the State unless he or she is:

  • The holder of a Hosting Agreement, Critical Skills Employment Permit or Work Permit, or
  • The holder of a permission to remain for the purpose of pursuing a further course of study
  • The holder of permission to remain in the State in accordance with another scheme

NB. A person who is no longer legally resident will be obliged to leave the State.