New employment permit rules from 1 January 2020

From 1st January 2020, some significant changes to the employment permits system will take effect following the enactment of the Employment Permits (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 (the “2019 Regulations”) earlier this year.

The main changes are threefold:

1. The salary threshold for critical skills employment permit applications for roles on the “highly skilled” list will increase from €30,000 to €32,000 per annum based on a 39 hour working week (i.e. a minimum of €15.78 per hour);

2. The salary threshold for critical skills employment permit applications for roles which are not on the “highly skilled” list will increase from €60,000 to €64,000 per annum based on a 39 hour working week (i.e. a minimum of €31.56 per hour); and

3. In respect of general employment permit applications, the period an employer is required to advertise a notice of a job vacancy prior to an application, on www.jobsireland.ie, will increase from 14 days to 28 days.

The above does not apply to any applications submitted up to 31st December 2019.

The 2019 Regulations also introduced some new roles to the “highly skilled” list, and removed some roles from the “ineligible list”, since 22nd April 2019.

Civil engineers, quantity surveyors, and certain high performance sports directors and coaches are now eligible roles for the purposes of critical skills employment permits. One of the many benefits of a critical skills employment permit is that the holder is entitled to bring their spouse and certain other family members with them to Ireland.

Welding trades, sheet metal workers and pipe fitters, amongst others, are now eligible roles for the purposes of general employment permits.

If you require any assistance with making an employment permit application, or have any queries regarding the 2019 Regulations, our team are here to help.

Contact Aileen

Aileen Gittens, Solicitor, can assist you in all areas of Irish Immigration – e.g. applications for visas, regularising status in the State, naturalisation applications, employment permits applications, long term residency, immigrant investor programme etc.

If you have a query, contact her at:

Phone: +353 (0) 1 873 5012