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Employment Permits

In order to work in Ireland a non-EEA National, unless they are exempted, must hold a valid Employment Permit. The Department's Employment Permits Section administers the Employment Permits system.

Employment Permits Online System

Employment Permits Online System (EPOS): epos.djei.ie

There is a step by step User Guide available in the Footer Information on epos.djei.ie which has now been up-dated to include the documentary requirements for each application type.

The online application system for Employment Permits brings a number of significant benefits:

  • Faster turnaround of applications.
  • Easier, online submission of supporting documentation.
  • Secure Online Fee Payments (where applicable) by credit/debit card.
  • As the new system continuously validates your data and supporting documentation there will be fewer errors and rejected applications.
  • Intuitive user experience with help information and relevant mandatory fields.

The Department therefore invites you to submit your application(s) electronically from now on to avail of these benefits.  The Department would also welcome your feedback in relation to the online process and if you have any comments or come across any issues you can email us at the dedicated email account at epos@djei.ie.

An application for any employment permit must be received at least 12 weeks before the proposed employment start date.

Please note that EPOS has a cut-off deadline of 28 days from starting any application to submitting it.  If an application form has not been submitted or completed within 28 days, it is deleted. This is for data protection purposes. In such instance, it is not possible to retrieve the application and the applicant must begin the application process again.

N. B.:  A contract of employment signed by both parties MUST be submitted with each application.

Latest updates and developments

Early notice of changes to the operation of the Employment Permits system

20 November 2019 

Please note that from the 1st January 2020, there will be changes to the remuneration threshold for a Critical Skills Employment Permit and the advertising period requirement of the Labour Market Needs Test in line with the Employment Permits (Amendment) (NO.2) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 333 of 2019). These changes are being introduced to give effect to recommendations from the Review of Economic Migration Policy (2018).  The review recommended that the increase in the duration of the Labour Market Needs Test (LMNT) for the General Employment Permit and the Contract for Services Employment Permit from two to four weeks was to ensure that employers adequately test the EEA labour market before an application to employ a non-EEA citizen is submitted. 

Changes to the remuneration threshold for a Critical Skills Employment Permit from 1st January 2020:

  • For occupations on the Critical Skills Occupations List (third level degree required), the minimum remuneration threshold will increase from €30,000 to €32,000 per annum.
  • For occupations that are eligible for an employment permit (not on the Ineligible Occupations List) and with the necessary experience, the minimum remuneration threshold will increase from €60,000 to €64,000.

For applications for Critical Skills Employment Permits submitted up to and including 31st December 2019, there is no change to the minimum remuneration thresholds - the minimum remuneration thresholds of €30,000 and €60,000 will still apply as appropriate. 

Changes to the Labour Market Needs Test from 1st January 2020:

  • The requirement to undertake a labour market needs test within Ireland and across the EEA will increase from two weeks duration to four weeks duration. 

For applications subject to the Labour Market Needs Test submitted up to and including 31st December 2019, there is no change to the Labour Market Needs Test. Vacancies for applications submitted up to 31st December 2019 must be advertised on the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection/Employment Services/EURES website for a period 14 days (2 weeks) prior to submission. 

Employment permit applications subject to the Labour Market Needs Test submitted on or after 1st January 2020 must ensure that the vacancy is advertised on the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection/Employment Services/EURES website for a period of 28 days (4 weeks) prior to submission.

Employment Permit Types

Critical Skills Employment Permit

Intra-Company Transfer Employment Permit

Exchange Agreement Employment Permit
Dependant/Partner/Spouse Employment Permit

Contract for Services Employment Permit

Sport & Cultural Employment Permit
General Employment Permit

Reactivation Employment Permit

Internship Employment Permit

Quick links

Who needs an employment permit?

A non-EEA national, unless exempted, requires an employment permit to work in Ireland. The EEA comprises the Member States of the European Union together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.  More details on who needs an employment permit.

Ineligible List of Occupations

Employments in respect of which an employment permit shall not be granted.

Critical Skills Occupations List

Employments in respect of which there is a shortage in respect of qualifications, experience or skills.

Application Processing Dates

Check the current processing dates for Employment Permit applications.

Employment Permits Online Status Update Enquiry

Check the current status of Employment Permit applications.

Trusted Partner Initiative

New Trusted Partner Initiative for applicants for Employment Permits.

Application Forms 

Application forms and other forms in respect of employment permits.

Fees

Fees in respect of Employment Permits. 

Important Notice: The Employment Permits Section does not have a public office and cannot facilitate personal callers to the office. Please contact the Employment Permits Call Centre if you have a query relating to the employment in Ireland of a non-EEA national.

Note on Data Protection: In submitting a completed, signed application form to this Department, both the employer and the prospective employee, accept that the Department may share the information contained on the application with other Departments and State Agencies for the sole purpose of verifying the information supplied by the applicant.

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