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 the online website 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
11 November 2019
The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation would like to apologise to customers experiencing difficulties as a result of delays they may be encountering in the processing of employment permit applications.
We’ve experienced a high volume of applications in recent weeks and, unfortunately, this has led to some delays. We are working to reduce the current waiting times of:
Further information about current processing dates are available at Employment Permit Processing Dates.
Update on Quota for Meat Processing Operatives
9 September 2019
The Employment Permits (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2018, Statutory Instrument No. 163 of 2018, set a maximum quota of 1,500 General Employment Permits for Meat Processing Operatives.
This quota has now been filled. As such, no further permits are being issued at this moment
Employment Permit Types
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.
Employments in respect of which an employment permit shall not be granted.
Employments in respect of which there is a shortage in respect of qualifications, experience or skills.
Check the current processing dates for Employment Permit applications.
Check the current status of Employment Permit applications.
New Trusted Partner Initiative for applicants for Employment Permits.
Application forms and other forms in respect of employment permits.
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.