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GETTING A VISA

TOP TIPS: PASSPORTS AND VISAS IN IRELAND 

  • A UK visa of any tier is not recognised nor valid in Ireland - this includes visas issued for Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland consists of Counties Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone. 

  • You need a valid passport to enter Ireland - check the expiration date before booking flights 

  • Always check what form of ID is required by your individual airline, ferry or travel agent before travelling 

  • You can find out about any further visa requirements from your local embassy or consulate 

  • Your passport must be valid up to the return date of your trip to Ireland 

 

DO I NEED A VISA? 

If you’re from an EU member state, an EEA country or Switzerland you have the same working rights as an Irish citizen. You can enter the country without a visa and can work freely without restriction. 

Typically, if you do not possess an EU member state, EEA or Swiss passport, you will require a visa to enter and work in Ireland. If you’re unsure of your individual requirements, your nearest Irish embassy or consulate will be able to advise you on whether you require a travel visa before coming to Ireland. 

SPONSORSHIP  

Either the prospective employee or prospective employer may apply for the permit. Employers that want to employ people who need a permit have to meet certain requirements:  

  • The employer must employ you directly – this means that applications from recruitment agencies or companies who intend to outsource or subcontract you to work in another company are generally not accepted.  

  • They must be legally trading in Ireland – they must be registered with Revenue and the Companies Registration Office (CRO) if the employer is a company. You can check the registration at the CRO at cro.ie 

  • Employees who have employment permits are obliged to abide by the immigration rules. This means that you may need a visa in order to come here and you must register with the immigration authorities. 

  • Refusal of employment permit: If you are refused an employment permit, you may ask for an internal review. You should ask for a review within 21 days of being notified of a refusal. 

HOW TO GET A VISA? 

There are 9 types you can apply for, the most relevant permits for IT professionals include: 

  • Critical Skills Employment Permits: which are available for all occupations with an annual salary above €60,000 and for a restricted range of occupations with an annual salary above €30,000 

  • General Employment Permits are available mainly for occupations with salaries between €30,000 and €60,000 who are not eligible for a Critical Skills Employment Permit. The General Employment Permit application must meet a labour market test showing that the position could not be filled from within the EEA. 

  • A fee of €1,000 is charged in respect of each employment permit application 

  • Legally resident non-EEA nationals who have entered the State with the intention of residing in Ireland for a period of more than three months must register with their local immigration registration officer. An immigration certificate of registration (GNIB Registration Card) is issued by the Garda National Immigration Bureau to a non-EEA national who registers. 

HOW TO APPLY? 

Applications for employment permits can be made by you or your prospective employer to the Employment Permits Section of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation using the relevant employment permit application form. 

If you are in Ireland and you need English translations of documents you can contact the embassy or consulate of your country for assistance. 

WHERE TO APPLY? 

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation 

Employment Permits Section 

Davitt House 

65a Adelaide Road 

Dublin 2 

Ireland  

Opening Hours: Helpline only: Monday to Friday 9:30am - 5pm  

Tel: +353 1 417 5333  

Locall: 1890 201 616  

Fax: +353 1 631 3268  

Homepage: http://www.djei.ie/labour/workpermits/index.htm  

Email: employmentpermits@djei.ie 

 

** Please note this is only an advisory document and GCS are not responsible for any incorrect information. If you require clarification on any points please contact your local embassy for more information ** 

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