Reactivation Employment Permit

This permit type can be availed of by a foreign national person not from the European Economic Area who was treated badly by an employer, by exploitation or mistreatment and who wishes to obtain a new Employment Permit.

Reactivation Employment Permit

In essence with the Reactivation Employment Permit they can work legally again.

It is essential that you have Residency Permission. This work permit is sought in circumstances where the person previously held an Employment Permit in Ireland.

You must also have a job offer, evidently are unemployed and have obtained a Stamp 1 from the immigration service.

You should also obtain a Reactivation Employment permit letter from the Immigration Service Delivery.

Application Form

Here is the application form

The information required is listed on the form.

You should first apply for temporary immigration permission.

The reactivation employment form above can be sent to Immigration Delivery Service.

This can enable you get Stamp 1 permission for 4 months. Then you can register with the local Immigration Registration office

Your employer can also make this application.

The employer must be registered with revenue and should be with the companies registration office also.

50% of employees of the employer must be European Economic Area nationals.

Application Fee

It is €500 for a contract 6 months or less and €1,000 for a contract up to 24 months.

Eligibility Criteria

Here is a helpful document from the Department of Enterprise regarding eligibility criteria for the Reactivation Employment Permit


It is imperative that the person is paid at least the national minimum wage.

EPOS System

One applies for this employment permit via the Employment Permits Online System EPOS.

Stamp 4

A Reactivation Employment Permit can issue for up to 2 years.

Then a renewal application can be made for a term of up to 3 years.

If you have obtained the permits for 5 years you can apply for Stamp 4 permission to Immigration Service Delivery.

Immigration Lawyer

If you have questions about employment permits, you can speak with an immigration lawyer on (01) 546 1121 or  (052) 612 1999.


Please be advised that the above-mentioned material is intended as an overview and as a broad out-line of the topic discussed. It should not be considered as complete and comprehensive legal advice, nor act as an appropriate substitute.

Due care has been taken in the publication of this article and we do not accept legal liability as a result of reliance on any material covered in the above article.

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