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.
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.