Ireland – Signed Employment Contract Required for All Employment Permit Applications

Posted on March 26, 2018

  Effective March 26, 2018, the Employment Permits (Amendment) Regulations 2018 introduce several changes, including an important new documentary requirement and an expansion of the occupations qualifying for intra-company transfers. What are the key changes? A copy of the signed… Read more »

Ireland – Authorities Clarify 90-Day Validity of Letter of Approval for Atypical Work Scheme

Posted on March 9, 2018

  Effective immediately, the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (INIS) has clarified an existing rule that, for the Atypical Worker Scheme, letters of approval issued for entry clearance must be used within 90 days of issuance, after which they will… Read more »

Ireland – Irish Residence Permit Replaces GNIB Card

Posted on December 15, 2017

  Effective December 11, 2017, the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (INIS) has replaced the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) card with a new registration card called the Irish Residence Permit (IRP). Current GNIB card holders should not apply for… Read more »

Ireland – Increased Processing Time for Atypical Working Scheme Applications

Posted on August 28, 2017

The Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service announced on March 24, 2017 that there has been an increased amount of Atypical Working Scheme applications, with an increased processing time of 20 working days. Cases are being reviewing in the order they… Read more »

Ireland – Delays in Employment Permit Processing, GNIB Registration Appointment Booking and Security Checks on Entry

Posted on August 28, 2017

There are currently severe delays in the processing of Employment Permits and in obtaining appointments for GNIB Registration in County Dublin. There has also been a tightening up of border controls causing longer security clearance times at ports of entry… Read more »

Ireland – Stamp 4 Requirements Change

Posted on January 13, 2017

Foreign nationals with a Critical Skills Employment Permit are required to have a 2 year job offer, though are permitted to change employers after a minimum of 12 months.  A Stamp 4 allows the foreign national with a CSEP to… Read more »

Ireland – Minimum Wage Increase

Posted on January 6, 2017

Effective January 1, 2017, the minimum wage increased to 9.25 Euro/hour.  To comply with the new law, the base salary must be increased before the addition of allowances. Permits that allow a low salary threshold should ensure the foreigner is… Read more »

Ireland – Short Stay Visa Waiver Program Extended

Posted on October 24, 2016

The Short Stay Visa Waiver Program was due to expire October 31, 2016, however, has been extended for the next 5 years, until October 31, 2021.  It first began on July 1, 2011 and has now been extended twice.  The… Read more »

Ireland – Online Employment Permits System Has Gone Live

Posted on September 9, 2016

Ireland’s online employment system, which officials hope will increase the application process’ efficiency, is now running. Employers can submit permit applications via EPOS, the Employment Permit Online System, at The implementation time frame is immediate and will be ongoing…. Read more »

Ireland – Employers of Posted Workers Have New EU Requirements

Posted on September 9, 2016

The Republic of Ireland signed into law on July 27, 2016, the EU regulations for 2016 on Posting of Workers. This law moves into Irish law the EU Enforcement Directive 2014/67/EU and requires that EU-based service providers who post workers… Read more »