Stamp 0 person of independent means questions
Hello John. I just obtained my Full Irish License the end of Aug, after a 5 month delay due to covid19. It is an interesting process. The short answer regarding driving alone with a learners permit is, you are to be accompanied by a driver who has held an Irish license for at least 2 years. It is an incredible inconvenience, especially after you’ve been driving for decades. I too moved here solo...if you want to discuss this further we can chat via email.
I found insurance was far less expensive with a learner permit than with a US license. Also, obtain proof of no claims from you current insurance provider, this will reduce your premiums further. Shop around for insurance, prices varied greatly.
Also, you can apply for reduced driver training lessons - from 12 to 6, and you can take you driving test within 6 months, assuming tests are available. To apply for Reduced EDT you will need your driving record from your states DMV.
Great site for practice Theory Test - theory-tester.com
Hi Jeanine - thanks for your note and helpful info! I'm finding as the further I dig the more questions that pop up, so I really appreciate input from those who've gone through the process.
I'm interested in learning more about how you navigated the learners permit journey on your own, so I'd enjoy chatting directly (if that's permitted on this site - not sure if adding email addresses within a message is acceptable??).
Hi, I wanted to post an update on the recent application for stamp 0 for my mother.
Mom is from a visa required country, which means she had to apply from outside Ireland. We got her financial documents verified by Quintas accountants (in cork) and paid 450 plus vat. The turnaround time from quintas was one week from when she sent in her statements and they were extremely prompt and informative in their replies to all of her email queries. They know what they are doing and we strongly recommend them.
The application was received by INIS in Dublin on October 5, 2020 and on November 26, 2020, she received a letter granting her permission to reside in Ireland on a stamp 0. As she is from a visa required country, she then had to send the letter along with her passport to the Irish embassy in New Delhi for the visa to be stamped in the passport.
Once all documents are in order, the financial requirements are met and the applicants letter outlining reasons for wanting to move over are strong, it seems to be a very straightforward process. Definitely doesn't require services of a solicitor.
Oh also, Mom does not have a birth certificate (common for people of her generation in India) and she explained this in her cover letter and they were fine with that.
We are looking forward to having her move over and be with us here in Ireland 🙂
Congratulations! 2 months from receipt to approval is great!
@pam That's great news, congrats to you and your family. 2021 off to a good start 🙂
Thanks also for the solicitor recommendation. Useful info for the next applicants.
Safe travels to your mom when the time comes.
Hello again. I am looking to purchase private insurance for mom; would any one have any recommendations ? As she is 72, she would like a high level of cover. Is there any benefit to getting a cover that includes the mater private and blackrock in dublin? We live in waterford