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Initiatives between the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Justice and Equality

Initiatives between the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Justice and Equality.

Removal of Restrictions to Employment Permit Applicants from within Ireland

Currently, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) does not grant employment permits to individuals where a residency stamp has been given for some primary purpose other than seeking full time employment in Ireland.

The Department of Justice and Equality has agreed to the removal of various restrictions to applicants from within the State. With effect from 10 April 2013, certain categories of non-EEA immigration permission holders, who have been offered employment in an eligible occupation will be allowed to apply to DBEI for an Employment Permit, whilst already legally resident in the State. They must currently hold a valid Certificate of Registration (GNIB Card) and be, namely, holders of Stamps 1, 1A, 2, 2A and 3 immigration permissions.

In this instance, if an application for an Employment Permit is successful and on receipt of the employment permit, the persons concerned must register their change of status with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). All applications for Employment Permits are subject to qualifying criteria.

For further information, go to INIS website.

Critical Skills Job Interview Authorisation

With effect from 1 July 2013, the Department of Justice and Equality (INIS) will permit non-EEA nationals, who have been invited to attend a job interview by an employer based in the State where the job is recognised on the Critical Skills Occupations List, to seek entry to the State on a temporary basis in order to attend such interview.

Interviewees will be required to be in possession of acceptable supporting documentation. Usual immigration procedures at port of entry will also apply. Subject to everything being in order, interviewees will be granted permission to attend the interview, and if successful, apply for and await a decision on an Employment Permit application.

In this instance, if an application for an Employment Permit is successful and on receipt of the Employment Permit, the persons concerned will be required to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). All applications for Employment Permits are subject to qualifying criteria.

Atypical Working Scheme

From 1 July 2013, the Department of Justice and Equality have introduced a scheme to facilitate temporary atypical employment in the State called the Atypical Working Scheme.

The scheme is intended to facilitate for example:

  • non-EEA nationals employed/working in the State for more than 14 calendar days and less than 90 calendar days
  • other categories of employment that may not be covered by the Employment Permits Acts.
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