If you want to work in Ireland, you must have the relevant employment visa. This can be a confusing concept for some, so we aim to give you a more in-depth guide to the various type of visas and work permits available.
Work Permits for Non EU or EEA Nationals
Generally speaking, non-EU and non-EEA nationals must have a permit to work in Ireland. EEA (European Economic Area) and Swiss nationals do not need an employment permit.
Since 1 October 2014, the Employment Permits (Amendment) Act 2014 has changed the previous employment permits system. There are now 9 different types of employment permits with with new application and criteria for issuing each of these.. The Act states that any foreign national without an employment permit, who took all reasonable steps to get one, can take civil action against their employer to compensate them for work done or services rendered.
General Employment Permit. This is the primary vehicle to attract foreign nationals for occupations which are experiencing a labour or skills shortage. All occupations are eligible unless specifically excluded. A General Employment Permit may also be obtained with respect to a 12-month contract
Critical Skills Employment Permit. This is designed to attract highly skilled people with the aim of encouraging them to take up permanent residence in Ireland. Occupations such as ICT professionals, professional engineers and technologists are catered for under this type of employment permit.
Dependant/Partner/Spouse Employment Permit. The objective of this type of employment permit is primarily to support the attractiveness of Ireland as a location of employment for potential and current Critical Skills/Green Card Employment Permit holders and Scientific Researchers. Eligible dependents such as unmarried children, civil partners, and spouses, who have been admitted to the State as family members of holders of these categories of Employment Permits and Researchers may apply.
You can find full details about work permits, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation website.
Certain people coming to Ireland do not need an employment permit to work legally in the country. If you fall into one of the following categories then you will not require a permit:
People from certain countries need a visa in order to enter Ireland and should obtain one before they travel. Visa applications should be made to the Irish Embassy or Consulate in, or accredited to, your country of permanent residence or home state. If there is no Embassy or Consulate in your home state, you may make the application to your nearest Irish Embassy or ‘consulate or direct to the Visa Office, Department of Foreign Affairs, 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.
You do not need a visa to visit Ireland if you are a citizen of the EEA or one of the countries listed in the further information section of this page - http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/moving_country/moving_to_ireland/coming_to_live_in_ireland/visa_requirements_for_entering_ireland.html
The different types of visas available are as follows:
The standard non-refundable visa application processing fees are:
Entry and re-entry visas
There may also be communications charges. If you need any further information about these charges, this is available from your local Irish embassy.
You should prepare your visa application well in advance and allow 6-8 weeks for your application to be approved if you are applying from abroad.
You will find full details on the visa page of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.