International students studying a degree-level qualification at an Irish University is eligible to stay back in the country post the completion of his-her 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 successfully graduate from an Irish higher education institution to stay in the country and seek employment for a period up to 2 years. During this period, the 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 a two-year permission, an international student must satisfy the following conditions:
- In receipt of an award granted by a recognised 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 PhD 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 a period of 24 months upon successful fulfillment of all conditions in the form of the stay back period post the completion of the degree program.