- Country Name: Republic of Ireland
- Capital: Dublin
- Population: 4,635,400 (2015 estimate)
- Language: Irish, English
- Time Zone: GMT/WET (UTC)
- Dialing Code: +353
- Currency: Euro (EUR)
This FAQ has been created as an introductory guide to immigration procedures for Ireland. Since rules and requirements in every country are constantly changing and each case must be assessed on its own merits, for in-depth and up-to-date advice, please contact us.
Please note, we can only advise on matters relating to immigration and are unable support you with employment in a new region. We do however have a network of trusted partners that can support your move, so please visit Our Partners page for further information.
There are a number of work permit categories for Ireland, the main options being:.
Critical Skills Employment Permit – designed to attract highly skilled people into Ireland with the aim of encouraging them to take up permanent residence
Intra-Company Transfer Permit – for employees transferring between commonly owned entities and remaining on home payroll
General Employment Permit – for occupations with a salary of EUR30,000 or more where Critical Skills Employment permits are not available or, in exceptional cases, where salary is below EUR30,000
Contract for Services Permit – For foreign entities sending employees to Ireland pursuant to a contract for services with an Irish entity
Van der Elst Visa (Assignment from Within the EEA) – For non-EEA national employed and contracted by a home entity in another EEA member state and sent on short term assignment to Ireland
Atypical Working Scheme – a pilot project to provide a streamlined mechanism to deal with atypical, short-term employment where the nature of work is not governed by current legislation or available routes. It applies to non-EEA nationals who are required to undertake short term contract work by an Irish entity (between 15 and 90 days)
Processes and requirements will vary according to the labour market at the time of application, the type of work permit being applied for, the nationality of the applicant, the country of application and personal circumstances of the assignee and any family dependants. We therefore recommend that you contact us for up-to-date information.
However, the general process generally involves: submission of work permit application to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland, submission of long stay visa application at the Irish diplomatic post overseas, post-entry registration with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). Note that the General Employment Permit and Contract for Services Permit categories also require a Resident Labour Market Test to be undertaken prior to work permit application. For the Atypical Working Scheme, applications are submitted to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) in Ireland.
As the Van der Elst is not a work permit per se, no application is submitted to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation or the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS). The Van der Eslt visa is applied for at the Irish diplomatic post overseas and serves as both permission to work and permission to enter Ireland.
Requirements will vary according to the type of employment permit, country of application, and nationality of the applicant.
The application process for an employment permit was streamlined in 2014 with less documents being required to submit the application. The employee and/or the Irish employer should have certain documents available should they be requested by the Irish authorities when processing the application or in the case of an audit.
If the applicant is a visa required national, original documents will be needed to submit the entry visa application in the country of residence. Examples of such documents are as follows:- original passport, translated certified copy of the birth certificate/marriage certificate, employment letter from the Irish employer, passport photographs.
Processing times will vary according to type of work permit, country of application, and nationality of the applicant and any dependants. However, an indication of processing times is as follows:
Critical Skills Employment Permit – Typically takes 1 to 4 months until entry to Ireland, and a further 2 days to 3 months post arrival to complete the process
Intra-Company Transfer Permit – Typically takes 1 to 4 months until entry to Ireland, and a further 2 days to 3 months post arrival to complete the process
General Employment Permit – Typically takes 1 to 6 months until entry to Ireland, and a further 2 days to 3 months post arrival to complete the process
Contract for Services Permit – Typically takes 1 to 6 months until entry to Ireland, and a further 2 days to 3 months post arrival to complete the process
Van der Elst Visa (Assignment from Within the EEA) – Typically takes 2 weeks to 2 months until entry to Ireland, and a further 2 days to 3 months post arrival to complete the process
Atypical Working Scheme – Typically takes 2 weeks – 1 month until entry to Ireland. No in-country process to complete
Newland Chase highly recommends applying for Trusted Partner status in Ireland, which aims to reduce the administration burden on the employer and to fast track the processing of employment permit applications. Please contact us for assistance with this application.
Critical Skills Employment Permit – Issued for 2 years and can then be renewed every 2 years
Intra-Company Transfer Permit – Generally issued for an initial period of up to 2 years and can be renewed
General Employment Permit – Generally issued for an initial period of up to 2 years and can be renewed
Contract for Services Permit – Generally issued for an initial period of up to 2 years and can be renewed
Van der Elst Visa (Assignment from Within the EEA) – Generally issued for up to 12 months and is not renewable
Atypical Working Scheme – Issued for 3 months and is not extendable.
Nationals from specified countries can enter Ireland without a visa for tourism and business purposes, for short trips and restricted activities. Check with Newland Chase before you travel to find out whether you need a work permit to undertake proposed activities.
It is strictly prohibited to carry out any work related activity on a Business visa or under the visa-waver agreement for non-EU nationals. Therefore, while there is nothing to stop you from looking for jobs, you would not be able to commence any form of employment until you have acquired the appropriate work authorisation, which must be applied for overseas.
After five years’ uninterrupted legal residence in Ireland on the basis of work permit/work authorisation/working visa conditions you may be eligible to apply for Long Term Residency. A successful applicant in this situation will be granted Permission to Remain on a Stamp 4 which is valid for 5 years.
You must also be in gainful employment when you apply and during and after the application process and you must be of good character.
In order to renew Long Term Residency it is not necessary to submit a new application. Simply go to your local Immigration Office to renew your Long Term Residency permission.
Requirements are subject to change and the application process will vary depending on visa type, country of application, nationality and personal circumstances, As such we advise consult with your Newland Chase Immigration Advisor for current and detailed information.
Some supporting documentation will require legalisation, which, depending on the country of origin, may take several weeks.
An Irish entity, employing a foreign worker, may not have more than 50% non-EEA nationals working for them. This must be considered before the employer applies for any Employment Permit.
You would be advised to start the visa application process well in advance of the desired date of relocation.