General Employment Permit

(Ireland Work Permit)

Visafirst arranges over 80,000 work and travel visas and additional migration services for individuals and corporates to over 100 countries every year. We are not affiliated with any Government but we do use registered migration agents in the provision of our immigration services. Our service and fee covers the review and assessment of your documents and preparing your application for lodgement to the immigration authorities. You can also apply for your visa via the Government website at a lower cost should you decide to apply directly.

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Ireland General Employment Permit (Ireland Work Permit)

An Irish Work Permit is an employment permit which allows a non-EU citizen to work legally in Ireland for an employer in a particular occupation. The permit is initially granted for two years.

To be eligible for an Ireland Work Permit, there needs to be a job offer from an employer registered and trading in Ireland. At least 50 % of the employees have to be EEA nationals, unless of the company is a start-up. There is a requirement to have a minimum number of EEA nationals employed with the Irish entity. Exemptions may apply for start-ups.

Either the employee or the employer can apply for this Ireland work visa, and the application will need to include evidence that it has not been possible to find an EEA or Swiss national to fill the position. Visit Am I Eligible for more information.

It is only possible to obtain a Work Permit for Ireland for certain occupations or salary levels:

  • Work permits will be considered where the remuneration is above €30,000. In exceptional circumstances, work permits may also be considered where the remuneration is less than 30,000 from eligible non–EEA graduates and from applicants with a fluency in a non-EEA language, to companies with formal support from the State enterprise development agencies.
  • There are a number of occupations for which work permit applications will not be considered - please see Am I Eligible for more information.

As well as your Irish Work Visa, Visa First can help you organise all the things you need to start working and living in Ireland.

Apply for your Ireland Work Permit today
Simply call our Ireland Visa desk on +353 1 878 3329 or fill out an online registration form.

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