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If you are seeking a work permit in Ireland, O’Donnell McKenna Solicitors in Dublin and Donegal can provide you with expert legal immigration advice and can represent both employers and employees in their applications for Irish work permits.

In general, if you are a national from a country which is not in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you will need an employment permit to work in Ireland.

The main employment permits which allow an overseas national to work in Ireland are:

Critical Skills Employment Permit – is chiefly determined in line with strategic and significant labour market requirements in Ireland. You will need a legitimate job offer and you must also meet the skills, qualifications and experience requirements of the position being applied for and the job in Ireland must be for at least two years.

Dependant/Partner/Spouse Employment Permit – new regulations have been introduced in Ireland to allow these work permit holders easier access to employment in Ireland. An applicant may apply for a permit in respect of all occupations.

General Employment Permit – is predominately the primary work permit vehicle used by third country nationals (individuals who are in transit and/or applying for visas in countries that are not their country of origin (i.e. country of transit), in order to go to destination countries that is similarly not their country of origin) for occupations in Ireland which are experiencing a labour or skills shortage. General Employment Permits assume all occupations to be eligible unless otherwise specified.

Intra-Company Transfer Employment Permit – is intended to assist the transfer of senior management, key personnel or trainees who are non-EEA nationals from an overseas branch of their multinational corporation to its Irish branch.

Contract for Services Employment Permit – is intended for circumstances where an overseas contractor has won a contract to provide services to an Irish company on a contract for services basis and to facilitate the transfer of non-EEA employees to work on the Irish contract in Ireland.

Reactivation Employment Permit – is intended for situations where a foreign national who has entered Ireland on a valid employment permit, but then fell out of the system through no fault of their own or who has been badly treated or exploited in the workplace, to work legally again. If the permit is granted, only one reactivation permit will be considered.

Exchange Agreement Employment Permit – is intended to facilitate the employment in Ireland of overseas personnel in line with approved agreements, or other international agreements to which Ireland is party to. Applications can be made by either the foreign national, or the employer.

Sport and Cultural Employment Permit – is intended to facilitate the employment in Ireland of overseas personnel with the relevant qualifications, skills, experience or knowledge for the development, operation and capacity of sporting and cultural activities and the entertainment sector.

Internship Employment Permit – is intended to facilitate the employment of overseas’ nationals who are full-time students, and enrolled in a third level institution outside of Ireland, for the purpose of gaining work experience. Applications can be made by either the student, or the employer.

The above information is a broad outline of all the employment permits to work in Ireland and we would be delighted to talk you through them in more detail.

If you would like us to assist you, or if you would simply like to have a chat to discuss your options about any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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