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Employment Permits policy in relation to applications in respect of Carers

Generally, employment permits are not granted to allow non-EEA nationals to work as Carers, as this occupation is included on the Ineligible Categories of Employment for Employment Permits list.

An exception may be made for an application for employment as a Carer in a private home where the person who requires the care has a severe medical condition and the prospective carer is a trained medical professional (a medical practitioner or a nurse as listed in Part A of Schedule 2 in the Regulations), or where it can be demonstrated that the applicant has a long history of caring for the person requiring the care.

Submitting an employment permit application

If you are submitting an employment permit application for the position of a Carer in these exceptional circumstances, you will be required to include the following additional documentation with the application:

  • copies of qualifications confirming that the Foreign National is a trained medical professional (a medical practitioner or a nurse), and a letter from a registered medical practitioner specialising in the area of illness of the person for whom he/she will be caring, confirming that that person has a severe medical condition

    Or

  • a copy of a P60, payslips, a notarised letter or an affidavit establishing that the Foreign National has a long history of caring for the person concerned and a letter from a registered medical practitioner specialising in the area of illness of the person for whom he/she will be caring confirming that that person has special care needs.

Registered medical practitioner has the meaning assigned to it in section 2 of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 (No. 25 of 2007).

Employment Permits Section
1 October
2014

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