Business Immigration Alert: Changes to Employment Permits System in Ireland
Published 17 July 2014
The Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation (the "Minister") recently announced significant changes to the employment permits regime in Ireland with the introduction of the Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014, (the "Bill") with the new legislation set to be signed into law over the summer period.
Ireland's permission to work regime is currently administered under the Employments Permits Acts 2003 and 2006 (the "Acts"). The Acts govern the issue of employment permits for employment of non-EEA nationals in sectors where skills shortages are identified, and employers can demonstrate that demand for labour cannot be satisfied either within Ireland or the European Economic Area (EEA). The employment permits system is a key aspect of the current Government's action plan for job creation and the Bill is set to significantly amend the current regime with the aim of reducing processing times and providing for a more robust application process.
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