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New information relating to Employment Permits

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Today the Department of Justice (INIS) and the Department of Jobs announced some new initiatives relating to Employment Permits. 

The new procedures will allow any Non-EEA national who is already lawfullly resident in Ireland on Stamp 1, 1A, 2, 2A or 3, to apply for an employment permit if they are offered employment in a highly skilled shortage occupation.  


The new Highly Skilled Occupations List lists the areas where there are skills shortages in the Irish labour market.  Any Job Title on this list will be eligible to apply for an Employment Permit.  The list of occupations can be found here:


The labour market needs test (the requirement to advertise the position with FÁS) has been reduced from 8 weeks to 2 weeks.  The requirement to advertise in a national newspaper has also been reduced to 3 days. There is also an extra option to advertise in a local newspaper OR on a job’s website for 3 days.


For full details of all the changes announced today see the INIS website at,%20ENTERPRISE%20AND%20INNOVATION and also the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation website at

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