Ireland – Upcoming Changes in 2020

Posted on August 2, 2019

The Review of Economic Migration Policy recommended the following changes to take effect January 1, 2020: Amendment of the Labor Market Needs Test (LMNT) for the General Employment Permit to extend its duration of advertisement from two to four weeks…. Read more »


Ireland– Abolition of Re-entry Visa System Announced

Posted on April 29, 2019

Effective May 13, 2019, visa-required nationals holding a valid Irish Resident Permit (IRP) card or GNIB card will no longer require a re-entry visa to leave and return to Ireland. An IRP or GNIB card and passport will be sufficient… Read more »


Ireland– Changes to employment permits system to address labor shortages in key sectors

Posted on April 8, 2019

Effective April 22, 2019, changes have been announced to the Critical Skills List of Occupations and the Ineligible List of Occupations, following the first bi-annual review of 2019. The changes include an allowance of an extra 300 workers in the… Read more »


Ireland – Spouse or Partner of Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder Can Work Without Employment Permit

Posted on March 11, 2019

Effective March 6, 2019, the spouses and de facto partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit (CSEP) holders can access the Irish labour market without first obtaining an Employment Permit. In addition, on April 1, 2019 a new preclearance policy will… Read more »


Ireland – New PAYE Obligations

Posted on January 11, 2019

Beginning January 1, 2019, employers must now report payroll information to Revenue at the time employees are paid. The Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system is a method of tax deduction under which an employer calculates and deducts any income… Read more »


Ireland – Immigration authorities announce closure of appointment system for re-entry visas

Posted on August 23, 2018

Effective September 3, 2018, the online appointment booking service for visa-required nationals seeking re-entry visas from the Re-entry Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) will cease to operate. All applications must be submitted by post. Any visa-required… Read more »


Ireland – Major Delays Continue for Irish Residence Permit Appointments in Dublin

Posted on July 30, 2018

There continue to be significant delays in obtaining appointments for Irish Residence Permit (IRP) registration for non-EEA nationals in Dublin. The delays are expected to persist for at least the rest of this year. The IRP Office in Dublin has… Read more »


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 »