non EU/EEA citizens coming to work in Ireland need an employment permit
before starting a job here.
There are Green
Card permits 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 (Employment
Permit) has to be applied for.
A Work Permit (Employment Permit) is an employment permit issued to
the employee, which permits his or her employment in Ireland
by the employer in the occupation specified on the permit. Work Permit
Employment Permits assume all occupations to be eligible unless otherwise
specified. Therefore, all occupations are eligible unless excluded
under the list of Ineligible Categories of Employment for Employment
Permits. (See Below).
Salaries need to be over €30000 to be eligible . New for 2013
- Except for For IT graduates of foreign colleges and for technical
or sales support roles with non-EEA language requirements, the remuneration
threshold is €27k.
Work Permit Employment Permits are issued for an initial period of
two years and can then be renewed for up to a further three years.
After five years, the applicant may apply to Irish Naturalisation
and Immigration Service for long term residency.
Labour Market Needs Test : The job must be advertised
ith the Department of Social Protection’s employment services for
2 weeks and in a national newspaper for 3 days. Also the job has to
be advertised in a local newspaper or on a job website for 3 days.
Qualifications : The foreign-national concerned must posses
the relevant qualifications, skills or experience that are required
for the employment.
Work Permit Fees The fees for a Work Permit, which must be
paid by the applicant, are as follows:
€500 - Period up to 6 months
€1,000 - Period from 6 months to 2 years
Renewal - €1,500 - Period up to 3 years or €759 for under 6 months.
Address: 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 Domestic Workers (including Carers in the Home and Childminders)
All Work Riders (Horse Racing)
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
to Work Permit Application Form
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