Online Portal for Employment Permits a Welcome Development

Shannon Chamber welcomes the development of a new online portal for employment permits introduced by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI).

In order to work in Ireland a non-EEA National, unless exempted, must have a valid employment permit issued on their behalf. The issue of an employment permit is predicated on a job offer from a prospective Irish employer who has made every effort to recruit an Irish or EEA national for the post. Applications are considered under the Employment Permits Acts 2003 and 2006, as amended, which set out in legislation the criteria in relation to the application, grant and refusal of employment permits.

Previously only available in paper format, this new system will simplify the process for companies who need to recruit people from outside the EEA, whose skills cannot be found in Ireland.

“The new online system will create efficiencies and is a positive change for companies who need to recruit a non-EEA National,” said Helen Downes, chief executive, Shannon Chamber

In order to apply for an Employment Permit online, applicants must have:

  • Access to a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of required documentation to upload, and
  • A valid credit/debit card to pay any fees that are applicable.

The system can be accessed via the link below: