Starting with 2014, Ireland issues 9 types of employment permits. Among these the most important and the most employed ones are the critical skills work permit which is applicable in case of skilled foreign citizens and the general employment permit which replaces the Green Card. However, not only the applicants are subject to eligibility criteria, but Irish companies must also fulfill certain conditions in order to hire foreign citizens. A special requirement for companies refers to their obligation of employing the foreign worker directly and not through Irish recruitment agencies.
Our Irish specialists may provide you with the necessary information for hiring foreign personnel.
General work permits are issued by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland. Foreign citizens may apply for an Irish general work permit based on a concrete employment offer and will have the same rights as any Irish citizen for the duration of the permit. The conditions for obtaining a general work permit in Ireland are:
Applicants for specialist language, technical and sales support proficient in foreign languages for Irish companies also benefit from special condition when applying for a general work permit.
The new Irish Employment Permits Act also contains provisions about other types of work licenses. These are:
For detailed information about the documents required when applying for an employment permit, please contact our agents in Ireland.