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Types of Employment Permits

The Employment Permits Act 2006, as amended allows for nine different types of Employment Permits to be granted. A short description of each of the permit types is set out below. For more detailed information follow the link to the relevant permit type.

Critical Skills Employment Permit

The Critical Skills Employment Permit, is targeted at highly skilled people with the aim of encouraging them to take up permanent residence in Ireland. Occupations which are included on the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List, such as ICT professionals, professional engineers and technologists are catered for under this type of employment permit.

Dependant/Partner/Spouse Employment Permit

The Dependant/Partner/Spouse Employment Permit allows the dependants, recognised partners (where recognised as such by the Department of Justice and Equality), civil partners and spouses of Critical Skills Employment Permit holders (formerly Green Card employment permit holders) and of Researchers on Hosting Agreements to apply for an employment permit to work in the State. Generally, it is illegal for spouses and dependants of employment permit holders to be employed in Ireland without a valid employment permit.

Intra-Company Transfer Employment Permit

The Intra-Company Transfer Employment Permit is designed to facilitate the transfer of senior management, key personnel or trainees who are foreign nationals from an overseas branch of a multinational corporation to its Irish branch. The Intra-Company Transfer Employment Permit can be invaluable in the initial establishment of a foreign direct investment company. This employment permit facilitates the temporary placement of corporate or HQ personnel in the Irish affiliate while providing for such employees to stay on the foreign payroll.

General Employment Permit

A General Employment Permit is an employment permit which permits the holder to be employed in the State in a broad range of occupations. Unlike Critical Skills Employment Permits, where eligible occupations are specified, General Employment Permits assume all occupations are eligible unless otherwise specified. Therefore, all occupations are eligible unless excluded under the list of Ineligible Categories of Employment for Employment Permits. All occupations on the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List are deemed eligible.

Contract for Services Employment Permit

Contract for Services Employment Permit replaces the Contract Service Provider type of Work Permit Employment Permit. It is designed for situations where a foreign undertaking (Contractor) has won a contract to provide services to an Irish company (Relevant Person) on a contract for services basis and to facilitate the transfer of their non-EEA employees to work on the Irish contract in Ireland.

Reactivation Employment Permit

Reactivation Employment Permit replaces the old type of Work Permit Employment Permit which were routed through the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland. This permit is designed to permit a non-EEA national who entered the State on a valid Employment Permit but who fell out of the system through no fault of their own or who has been badly treated or exploited in the workplace, to work legally again.

Internship Employment Permit

Internship Employment Permit replaces the old Internship type of Work Permit Employment Permit. It is designed to facilitate the employment in the State of non-EEA nationals who are full- time students, studying in a discipline relevant to the occupations included on the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List and enrolled at a third level institution outside the State, for the purposes of gaining work experience.

Sport & Cultural Employment Permit

The Sport and Cultural Employment Permit replaces the old sports’ professional type of Work Permit and will also cater for employment permits for the entertainment sector. This permit is designed to facilitate the employment in the State of non-EEA nationals with the relevant qualifications, skills, experience or knowledge for the development, operation and capacity of sporting and cultural activities.

Exchange Agreement Employment Permit

The Exchange Agreement Employment Permit replaces the old Exchange Agreement type of Work Permit Employment Permit and will also cater for employment permits for international reciprocal agreements. It is designed to facilitate the employment in the State of non-EEA nationals pursuant to prescribed agreements or other international agreements to which the State is a party..

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