Case study: Dependant/Partner/Spousal Employment Permit

Alice came to Ireland from the Philippines with her husband who is employed on a Critical Skills Employment Permit. She has been looking for work and found a position in a local shop. The shop owner looked into getting an employment permit for Alice but have told her that it is too expensive for them to organise the employment permit for her. Alice was very disappointed and went to her local Citizens Information Centre to get more information about employment permits and her options.

In fact, because Alice’s husband is already working in Ireland on a Critical Skills Employment Permit, Alice is eligible for a Dependant/Partner/Spousal (DPS) Employment Permit. There is no fee for this permit and the employer does not have to advertise the role to see if an Irish or EEA citizen is available. Alice told her potential employer this and they have applied for and received a DPS Employment Permit for Alice. Now that Alice is working, employment protection legislation applies to her in the same way that it applies to all other workers in Ireland.

Page edited: 6 January 2015