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Starting 1 October 2014, Ireland began issuing nine types of work visa, including a General Employment Permit, known earlier as work permit, a Critical Skills Employment Permit, known earlier as Green Card Permit and a Dependent/Partner/Spouse Employment Permit.
The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation issues Critical Skills Employment Permits after the employer or the employee applies for the offers of employment received by employees. Included in the permit are details of rights and entitlements of employees.
The Irish government protects the rights of employees who have employee permits through employee legislation.
Eligible for Critical Skills Employment Permit are two types of occupations. Under one, people earning salaries of €60,000 or more per year and any occupation are eligible. These occupations should in now way be illegitimate.
Under the other, persons earning €30,000 or more per year under the Highly Skilled Occupations List are eligible.
To begin with, people applying for these work permits ought to have a job offer from employers who must be registered with Revenue, trading in Ireland and also with the Companies Registration Office.
One needs to be employed directly by an Irish employer under this scheme. Employment through a third-party employer or a recruitment agency is not accepted. In addition, the offer of employment should be for a minimum two years.
Employers cannot hire applicants from non-European countries if their companies have less than 50 percent of people from outside the EU/EEA. This, however, is exempt for companies which have been kick-started by Enterprise Ireland or IDA Ireland.
Applicants need to have qualifications that are suitable for the jobs they apply, besides adequate skills and experience. To get a job that pays €30,000 or more per year, one ought to have the minimum degree and jobs with an annual salary of €60,000 or more per year require applicants to have a degree or experience that renders them capable of doing that job.
Non-European nationals need to register with local immigration officers in the area where they intend to work. Registration is necessary to get permission to remain and also get the appropriate immigration status as an employee. Finally, selected people will be given a Certificate of Registration, known also as a GNIB card.
Successful applicants will be issued the Critical Skills Employment Permit for two years which need not be renewed. On the other hand, they need to apply to their local immigration officers for Stamp 4 permission. If they get it, they can reside and work in Ireland sans an employment permit.
They then need to register with their local immigration officers and they need to have certain documents on them such as GNIB card, passport, Green Card or Critical Skills Employment Permit and a Letter from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation that confirms that they can continue to be employed.
If one is granted Stamp 4 permission, it means that they can be employed in Ireland for two years. The same can be renewed if the applicants show that they fulfill the criteria required for it. When one has legally lived in the country for five continuous years, they are eligible to apply for long-term residency.
Individuals not eligible for Stamp 4 would be issued Stamp 1, with which they can work, but would need to continue applying for employment permits to work there.
Individuals with Critical Skills Employment Permit would have to apply separately if they want their spouses, dependent children to join them.
Individuals who are holding their first employment permit in Ireland need to be employed their first employer for one year at least. They may change their employers if they are eligible Critical Skills Employment Permit.
If employees lose their jobs after they lapse, then they need to notify the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation with redundancy notification forms within 28 days of losing their employment. In such as scenario, the Department will allow them a time of six months to scout for another job. If they are able to land jobs, they can apply for new Critical Skills Employment Permit even if those jobs belong to one of the ineligible categories.
If they are not able to get a new job after six months, they would need to leave Ireland.
The fees for Critical Skills Employment Permit need to be paid by the applicants. The fees for it are €1,000 and are valid for up to two years.
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