Employment permits and the right to work

  • Under the Employment Permits (Amendment) Act 2014 there are 9 types of employment permit. Find out more about the different types of permit.

  • Find out about General Employment Permits, who may apply and when a person with an employment permit may change jobs.

  • The Critical Skills Employment Permit is for skilled workers who are qualified in professions where there is a shortage of skills in Ireland.

  • Information about which emloyment permit holders are allowed to bring their family to Ireland, and how those family members can apply to live and work.

  • Non-EEA nationals who held a valid employment permit but who fell out of the system through no fault of their own, or have been badly treated or exploited in the workplace may be eligible for a Reactivation Employment Permit that will allow them to work again.

  • Under the Atypical Working Scheme non-EEA nationals may do certain short-term contract work which is not covered by the Employment Permits Acts.

  • Ireland has working holiday agreements with a number of different countries.