Working From Home
Car Hire Ireland
Ferries to Ireland
non EU/EEA citizens coming to work in Ireland need an employment permit
before starting a job here.
New Green Card permits
have been introduced for all jobs with salaries over 60000 euro. Green
cards are also available for certain job categories paying over 30000
For all the other jobs - a "normal" work permit has to be applied
Students - If you are from a country whose nationals normally require
an employment permit and you are studying in Ireland on an approved
course, you may take up casual work – a maximum of 20 hours a week
in term time and full time during the holidays – without an employment
Work Permits can be granted for some occupations wth a salary of €30,000
or more where Green Card Permits are not available and, in very limited
circumstances, in the salary range below €30,000.
A Work Permit is an employment permit issued to an employee, which permits
them to work in Ireland for an employer - but only in the occupation specified
on the permit. Work Permits are valid for an initial period of two years
and can then be renewed for a further three years. After five years, the
work permit can be renewed indefinitely.
employee or the employer can apply for a Work Permit.
Occupations - There are two categories of application based on
salary level. (i) Firstly, where the annual salary (excluding bonuses)
on offer is €30,000 or more the Work Permit can be considered for occupations
other than those which are contrary to the public interest. (ii) Secondly,
Work Permits will only be considered for a very limited number of occupations
below an annual salary of €30,000.
Notwithstanding the above, work permits will not be considered
for any of the job categories specified on the ineligible list for
work permits shown below.
Labour Market Needs Test : A vacancy, in respect of which
an application for a work permit is being made, must be advertised with
the FÁS/EURES employment network and additionally in local and national
newspapers, for three days, to ensure that, in the first instance a national
of the EEA or Switzerland, or in the second instance a national of Bulgaria
or Romania, cannot be found to fill the vacancy. Evidence that this has
been done must be included with the application.
Qualifications : The foreign-national concerned must posses the
relevant qualifications, skills or experience that are required for the
Work Permit Fees The fees for a Work Permit, which must be paid
by the applicant, are as follows:
New - €500 - Period up to 6 months
New - €1,000 - Period from 6 months to 2 years
Renewal - €1,500 - Period up to 3 years
Unlimited - No Fee - Renewed indefinitely (after 5 years)
If you are a foreign national who fulfills all of the above criteria,
but you are already working in Ireland with an existing work Permit .
You can continue to work under your existing permit - but at renewal ,
the new arrangements will apply.
Changing Employer If this is your first work permit in Ireland
then (apart from in exceptional circumstances) you are normally expected
to stay with your initial employer for a period of 12 months, but then
you may move employer provided that a new application for a work permit
is made and that a labour market needs test has been undertaken.
Can my Spouse and Dependants work? Yes once they are legally resident
in the State on the basis of being your Spouse or Dependant they are free
to seek employment and to apply for a Spousal/Dependant work permit.
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Room 105, Davitt House,
65a Adelaide Road, Dublin 2 (telephone 6313308 or 6313333);
Job Categories for Work Permits
All Clerical and Administrative Positions
All General Operatives/Labourers
All Operator and Production
All retail sales vacancies and sales representatives,
All drivers (excluding HGV)
Nursery / Crèche Workers , Child Minders / Nannys
All 'Hotel Tourism and Catering' except chefs
Bookbinder, Bricklayer, Cabinet Maker, Carpenter / Joiner , Carton Maker,
Fitter - Construction Plant, Electrician, Instrumentation Craftsperson
,Tiler - Floor / Wall, Mechanic - Heavy Vehicles, Instrumentation Craftsperson
Metal Fabricator, Mechanic - Motor, Painter And Decorator, Plumber, Printer.
Engineer - Refrigeration Sheet Metal Worker , Tool Maker, Vehicle Body
Repairer, Machinist – Wood, Plasterers and Welders
are changes for new work permit applications received on or after 1 June
From June 2009 the following jobs will not be applicable for work permits:
work riders (horse racing), domestic workers and HGV drivers
Also from June 2009 - No work permits granted for jobs with salary of
under €30,000 a year, (may be considered in exceptional cases)
The Labour market needs test is to be changed to advertising with FÁS/EURES
for 8 weeks and in national media for 6 days
* Spouses and dependants of new employment permit holders no longer exempt
from labour markets needs test and fee
There will be Increased renewal fees for new work permit holders after