General Employment Permit Ireland 2024

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.

What is a General Work Permit in Ireland ?

It is one type of work permit and as this is a ‘General Work 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.

General Employment Permit


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 Employment Permits Act of 2023 lists occupations which will not be granted an employment permit. The occupations lists are a fluid matter and the lists get periodically updated. As of December 2023 a whole new set of job occupation roles were announced would be introduced as being eligible for a general employment permit. There have been changes to the General Employment Permits system in 2024 which can be seen here and here.

The job offer occupation type must not be listed on the ‘Ineligible List of Occupations’.

The employee should have the qualifications, skills and experience for the role.

The job offer remuneration should be at least €34,000 for a General Employment Permit condition requirement.

However this minimum salary sum can be reduced to €30,000 for Non-EEA European Economic Area nationals with occupation type, such as a home carer / horticultural worker / meat processor.

50% of the employees in the workplace should be European Economic Area nationals unless one of the exceptions is met.

If the specific application facts require the Labour Market Needs test to be met, the job offer must have been advertised via a EURES ad for at least 28 days or the application will be deemed invalid. The advertisements need to have the correct content, timeframes, and be placed in the correct places.

General 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

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.  

3 months of statement of statutory returns issued by the revenue commissioners for the employer will generally be needed with the employees passport copy, correct photograph dimensions, employment contract, advertisemnts and a ful list of employments which require registration with a regulatory body can be found on the Registration Bodies for certain employments list on the Department of Enterprises website.


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.

Family Reunification

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, if visa required. You should furnish your employment permit to the immigration officer at the airport.

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.

General Employment Permit

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