Information In general, non-EEA nationals must have a permit to work in Ireland. EEA and Swiss nationals do not need an employment permit, except for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals – see below. Since 1 February 2007 there are a number of changes in relation to the application and granting of employment permits. Under the Employment Permits Act 2003 and the Employment Permits Act 2006 there are four types of employment permits: work permits, Green Card permits, spousal/dependant work permits and intra-company transfer permits.
Note: the EEA (European Economic Area) consists of the EU member states together with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
Once you have been issued with an employment permit you have all the employment rights of Irish or EU citizens for the duration of the employment permit.
Rules Work permits are issued by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. Either the employer or the employee can apply for the permit which must be based on an offer of employment – see “How to apply” below.
Applications for work permits fall into 2 categories as follows: (a) Jobs with an annual salary of €30,000 or more (b) Jobs with an annual salary of less than €30,000 - very limited list of occupations
However applications for jobs in either category will not be considered if they are for occupations listed as ineligible - see list below.
From 1 February 2007 work permits are not available for the following occupations.
You will be refused a work permit where you:
Rates The fee must be paid by the applicant. In some circumstances, the fee may be waived.
Fees for new applications and renewal of work permits from 1 February 2007
How to apply New applications for work permits can be made by the prospective employer or employee to the Employment Permits Section of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. Applications must be made using the new employment permit application form .
It must be accompanied by:
From January to February 2007 there are transitional arrangements for employment permits.
If an employer applies for a work permit in respect of a former employee who has left the state, this will be considered a new application.
You should allow 2 to 3 months for a new application or renewal to be processed.
Where to applyDepartment of Enterprise,Trade and Employment Dept,Employment Permits Section, Davitt House, 65a Adelaide Road,Dublin 02, Ireland. Opening Hours: 9:30-13:00 & 14:00-17:00Tel: +353 1 631 3333/3308 Locall: 1890 201 616Fax: +353 1 631 3268Homepage: http://www.entemp.ieEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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