International students studying a degree-level qualification at an Irish University are eligible to stay back in the country post the completion of their course for up to 24 months. This permission to remain in Ireland is offered under the Third Level Graduate Scheme of the Irish Government. This scheme allows non-EU/EEA/international students to successfully graduating from Irish higher education institutions to stay in the country and seek employment for a period of up to 2 years. During this period, international students are free to remain in Ireland and look for full-time or part-time work opportunities. This work permit helps international students seek employment relevant to their degree program and gain vital international work experience to boost their career.
To be eligible for two-year permission, an international student must satisfy the following conditions:
- Be in receipt of an award granted by a recognized Irish awarding body or institution of higher education. These institutions may include Dublin Institute of Technology, Irish universities, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Institutes of Technology (with delegated authority).
- Must receive either a Bachelor, a Master, or a Ph.D. degree by fulfilling the respective institution’s criteria.
- Be willing to work on full-time employment and be considered by employers for up to 40 hours per week of work.
- Prospective students must have a valid Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) card.
The GNIB card is extended for 24 months upon successful fulfillment of all conditions in the form of the stay back period post the completion of the degree program.
Students can get in touch with our Relationships team should you require more information regarding these work options for international students.