Employment permit contingency measures announced - Covid-19

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) has announced contingency arrangements with effect from Monday 30th March 2020, to deal with issues arising due to the Covid-19 crisis.

The DBEI states that it will be “flexible in dealing with employment permit issues that arise for both employers and employees as a result of the pandemic.”

The temporary changes can be summariesed as follows:

- Electronic (PDF) copies of permits will issue by e-mail, rather than hard copy permits;

- The employment permits section will facilitate the changing of start dates to applications that have been received but are yet to be processed;

- A 100% refund will be issued if applications are withdrawn, before they are processed, if the withdrawal is as a result of the crisis;

- Applications for Stamp 4 Letters of Support can be submitted by email;

- Applications to review a decision of an employment permit refusal can be submitted by email;

- Applications and renewals for Trusted Partner Status will be accepted by email;

- Employers should notify the DBEI in the event that any employees who are employment permit holders are working from home;

- Crucially, for employers who cannot pay employment permit holders the salary specified on the permit, they should notify the DBEI and the DBEI will make assessments at the time of renewal on a case by case basis.

The DBEI has prioritised medical permits since the crisis, but now announce that these have been dealt with so they are turning to other permits in the queue at present.

Finally, the DBEI confirmed that if there are delays in processing employment permit renewal applications and Stamp 4 letters of support, employment permit holders may continue to live and work under the same terms and conditions of their existing permission.

If you would like assistance with any of the above areas, please feel free to contact our office.

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If you have a query, contact her at:

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