General Employment Permit
Persons not from the EEA European Economic Area countries list who wish to work in Ireland, will need an employment permit if they do not hold an exemption.
As this is a ‘General Employment Permit’ all occupation types can qualify unless the persons occupation is listed on the Departments published ‘’Ineligible list of Occupations’.
This post will give you information about the Applications process, eligibility and family reunification.
If you have any questions about employment permits, we will be happy to help.
The person must have a job offer and the employer should be registered with Revenue and may also need registration with the companies registration office.
The job offer occupation type must not be listed on the ‘Ineligible List of Occupations’ seen here https://enterprise.gov.ie/en/What-We-Do/Workplace-and-Skills/Employment-Permits/Employment-Permit-Eligibility/Ineligible-Categories-of-Employment/
The employee should have the qualifications, skills and experience for the role.
The job offer remuneration should be at least €30,000 for a General Employment Permit condition requirement.
However this minimum salary sum can be reduced to €27,000 for Non-EEA European Economic Area nationals, such as a student, from an Irish third level institution, who has been offered a graduate position role on the Critical Skills Occupations List. The minimum salary sum requirement of €27,000 also exists for a healthcare assistant, who was previously employed in Ireland for 2 years as a health care assistant. The minimum salary is also €27,000 for a non-EEA student, graduated as an ICT professional in the previous 12 months, from an overseas institution. The minimum salary sum is also €27,000 for a job role which requires fluency in a language that is not a country that is a member of the EEA, and where the employment is supported by an enterprise development agency.
50% of the employees in the workplace should be European Economic Area nationals unless one of the exceptions is met.
If the labour market needs test is required to be met, the employer must advertise the position on the DSP Employment/Eures network and in newspapers.
Employment Permit Application
You apply to the Employment Permits Section, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Earlsfort Centre, Lower Hatch Street, Dublin 2, D02 PW0.
You can apply via the EPOS online platform at https://epos.djei.ie/EPOSOnlineportal#/app/welcome
The Departments application processing fees are €500 for a work permit up to 6 months and then €1,000 for a work permit between 6 months to 24 months. If the application is denied, then 90% of the Departments fee can be returned.
If you are from a visa required country, you will require a visa in addition to the employment permit permission.
Once you arrive in Ireland, you must attend with the local immigration office to furnish the papers to them to obtain your Irish Residence Permit card.
Stamp 4 Permission
If one succeeds in their General Employment Permit application, such permits can issue for up to 2 years.
There is a renewal option and the person should make the renewal application 16 weeks before the current permit expires.
If the person obtains their renewal permit, this can extend permission to a further 3 years.
If the person has completed 5 years of a General Employment Permit, they can seek Stamp 4 permission, whose permission holders can work without an employment permit. This person may also have the option of seeking citizenship via naturalisation.
Applications for Family Reunification can be made after 1 years residence in the state with respect to General Employment Permits.
It is necessary for a non-EEA national who obtains a work permit to obtain a visa. You should furnish your employment permit to the immigration officer at the airport.
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