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Fees for Employment Permits

The fee for an employment permit must be paid by the applicant i.e. the employer/employee/connected person or contractor, or their authorised agent.

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation issues employment permits on behalf of the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

Applications from Business Users

From the 1st October 2014, the Department will no longer accept paper based payments from business applicants and payment must be made by Electronic Funds Transfer into a specific Departmental Bank Account set up to receive payments in respect of employment permits.

Applicants who are paying by Electronic Funds Transfer should submit a completed application with all relevant attachments and indicate on the Requirement for Payment section of the application form that they are paying by Electronic Funds Transfer. When the application is received and passes through the initial pre-check stage it will be assigned a unique identification number, an Application ID, and an email will then issue requesting payment of the fee by Electronic Funds Transfer. The email will provide details of the amount of the fee due, the bank account into which the payment should be made and the Application ID number which must be used as the reference when making the payment. This will enable the section to associate the payment with the relevant application.

Applications from Individuals

From the 1st October 2014 Individual applicants may continue to make paper based payments in the form of Euro denominated cheques, bank drafts, demand drafts or postal orders, drawn on a financial institution operating within the Irish clearing system and made payable to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

Individual applicants may, if they wish, pay by Electronic Funds Transfer following the procedure outlined above for Business Users.

Fees in respect of employment permits received on or after 1st October 2014:

Employment permit categoryFirst application feeRenewal fee
General Employment Permit€1,000 up to 24 months and
€500 for six months or less
€750 for six months or less
€1,500 up to 36 months 
Critical Skills Employment Permit€1,000 up to 24 monthN/A
Dependant/Partner/Spouse Employment PermitNo feeNo fee
Intra-Company Transfer Employment Permit€1,000 up to 24 months and
€500 for six months or less
€500 for six months or less
€1,000 up to 24 months
€1,500 up to 36 months
Contract for Services Employment Permit€1,000 up to 24 months and
€500 for six months or less
€750 for six months or less
€1,500 up to 36 months
Reactivation Employment Permit€1,000 up to 24 months and
€500 for six months or less
€750 for six months or less
€1,500 up to 36 months
Sport and Cultural Employment Permit€1,000 up to 24 months and
€500 for six months or less
€750 for six months or less
€1,500 up to 36 months
Exchange Agreement Employment PermitNo feeN/A
Internship Employment Permit€1,000 up to 12 months and
€500 for six months or less
N/A

A fee will not apply to the following specific types of applications:

  • Applicant Employer/Connected Person applications where the employer/connected person has charitable status confirmed by the Revenue Commissioners,
  • Applications in respect of a non-EEA national married to or in a civil partnership with an EEA national, and
  • General EP renewal applications in respect of Unlimited Permits.

The following additional documentation will be required in the case of a waiver for charitable status and married/civil partnership with an EEA national.

Employer/Connected Person applications where the employer/connected person has charitable status confirmed by the Revenue Commissioners:

  • If the Employer/Connected Person has not been issued with an Employment Permit on the basis of not paying a fee due to charitable status within the 12 months preceding the application, a copy of an official letter from the Revenue Commissioners confirming charitable status must be provided.

Applications in respect of Foreign Nationals who are the Spouses or Civil Partners of EEA nationals:

  • Clear photocopies of the relevant pages of the EEA Spouse/Civil Partners’ current passport showing his or her picture, personal details, passport expiry date and his or her signature, and
  • A copy of the marriage certificate or the civil partnership registration evidencing the relationship of the Foreign National and the EEA national.

 

Employment Permits Section
2 September 2017

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