Ireland Work Permit
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General Work Permit

The Irish General Work Permit is an employment permit which allows a non-EU citizen to work legally in Ireland for an employer in a particular occupation. The permit is initially granted for two years. This employment permit is granted to applicants with job offer. Unlike the Critical Skills Employment Permit the General Employment Permit covers all occupations unless other specified. Click here to learn if you are eligible to work in Ireland, or view the FAQ section to see the processing time and more frequently asked questions.

Employer Details

To be eligible for an Ireland Work Permit, your job offer needs to be from an employer registered and trading in Ireland. At least 50% of the employees have to be EEA nationals, unless the company is a start-up. There is a requirement to have a minimum number of EEA nationals employed with the Irish entity. Exemptions may apply for start-ups.

Who Should Apply

Either the employee or the employer can apply for this Ireland work permit, and the application will need to include evidence that it has not been possible to find an EEA or Swiss national to fill the position. Visit Eligibility tab for more information.

Employment Proposal

To be eligible for General Employment Permit the applicant must have job offer. Detailed description of the proposed employment is required as well as needed qualifications.

 

Irish Work Permits Salary Requirement

Job positions where the remuneration is above €30,000 qualify for work permits. In exceptional circumstances, work permits may also be considered where the remuneration is less than 30,000 from eligible non–EEA graduates and from applicants with a fluency in a non-EEA language, to companies with formal support from the State enterprise development agencies.

As well as your Irish Work Permit we can arrange your Irish work visa. Visa First can help you organise all the documents you need to start working and living in Ireland.

Other Work/Employment Permits

Critical Skills Employment Permit/Ireland Green Card

Work/Employment Permit for Spouses/Dependants

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