If you are a non-EEA citizen who has recently been offered a job in Ireland, in order to work here legally you may be required to apply for the appropriate employment permit.
Depending on your circumstances, the type of job you have been offered, and assuming it does not fall within the ineligible categories of employment, there are a number of different employment permits catering for differing scenarios. These include: 1. A general employment permit 2. A critical skills employment permit 3. A dependant/partner/spouse employment permit 4. An intra-company transfer employment permit 5. An internship employment permit 6. A contract for services employment permit 7. A sport and cultural employment permit 8. A reactivation employment permit 9. An exchange agreement employment permit
Since April of this year, if you are an Executive, Head or Sous Chef with at least five years’ experience, or a Chef de Partie with at least two years’ experience, you may be eligible to obtain an general employment permit. Similarly, horticulture workers, meat processing operatives and dairy farm assistants were included in an expanded pilot scheme for employment permits as of May of this year.
However, it is worth bearing in mind that quotas for certain types of employment permits are set each year and are often subject to change. Moreover, the processing times for applications submitted to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) have increased in recent months, with a current waiting time of approximately thirteen weeks for a standard application.
We can advise you on the most suitable employment permit option for you, and help guide you through the application process from start to finish. Please contact any of our team for details.
If you are thinking of engaging a lawyer, why not contact us today to see if we can assist? Any of our solicitors will be delighted to speak with you without obligation.