If you are a citizen of a non-EEA country you may not have automatic permission to work in Ireland. You may need to obtain a Work Permit or a Green Card Permit in order to work. According to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation citizens of non-EEA countries who do not require Employment Permits include:
a non-EEA national who has obtained explicit permission from the Department of Justice and Equality to remain resident and employed in the State
a non-EEA national who has been granted refugee status
a non-EEA national who holds appropriate business permission to operate a business in the State
a non-EEA national who is a registered student working less than 20 hours a week
There are two things you need to consider before taking up employment in Ireland; Employment Permit and Visa. For both employment permits and visas, in most cases, you must secure an offer of employment first with an employer who is willing to support you through this process.
Employment Permit System
Types of Permits
There are a number of different types of employment permits and they are specific to the type of job on offer and also the duration of the contract.
Critical Skills Employment Permit
This permit is used to help attract highly skilled workers in demand in Ireland and puts the least onus on the employer to show a need to offer an employment permit. In order to be eligible for this type of employment permit, the job should be listed on the highly skilled eligible occupations list available at the following link:
For all other jobs not on the highly skilled eligible occupations list, there is the General Employment Permit. Typically the salary must be €30,000 or more and the employer must have carried out a labour market test.
Dependant/Partner/Spouse Employment permit
These permits are for dependants, partners or spouses of employment permit holder and the criteria is much more relaxed. The most important things to consider when applying for this type of permit is to ensure that your proposed employer will wait for the permit to be processed and to have satisfactory details of the main employment permit holder.
Even if you have completed the employment permit process and hold a permit for Ireland, you may be refused entry into Ireland if you do not have a satisfactory visa.
The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service publish a list of countries whose nationals require a visa to enter Ireland. You can find this list at:
You should have a Personal Public Service (PPS) number. Your PPS number is a unique reference number which your employer uses to make the required tax and social insurance contributions on your behalf. You also use your PPS number when accessing social welfare and health benefits.
This will depend on the nature of the qualification and the country where it was obtained. It may be possible for you to get formal recognition of your qualification in Ireland. The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland provides a way of relating foreign qualifications to the nearest comparable qualification in Ireland. You should contact Qualifications Recognition Ireland. This service is free of charge.
CVs can take many formats. The most important criteria are that your CV is clear and easy to read. It should contain personal contact details, educational history, relevant skills or interests and most importantly work experience details.
EPIC – Employment for People from Immigrant Communities aims to assist citizens of both EU and non-EU countries (stamp 4) to find employment and/or further training and education in Ireland: www.bitc.ie 31 Lower O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 Telephone: 01 8743840/1 Email: [email protected]
Jobcare helps people find jobs by providing training, resources, expertise and opportunities for personal development: www.jobcare.ie 28a Pearse Street, Dublin 2 Telephone: 01 6773897 Email: [email protected]