Critical Skills Employment Permit
To obtain a Critical Skills Employment permit, you must have a job offer for at least two years duration and an annual salary of above € 60,000 EUR per year other than those on the Ineligible Categories of Employment for Employment Permits or which are contrary to the public interest.
For a restricted number of strategically important occupations the minimum remuneration is€ 30,000.
You must possess the relevant qualifications, skills and experience that are required for the employment.
An employment permit will not be granted to companies unless 50% or more of the employees in the firm are EEA nationals at the time of application. However, this restriction may be waived in respect of start-up companies within 2 years of their establishment (i.e. registered as an employer with Revenue) and which are supported by the enterprise development agencies, Enterprise Ireland or IDA Ireland.
You or your future employer must complete the employment permit application form.
Applications can be submitted via the Employment Permits Online System (EPOS) (link: https://epos.djei.ie) of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
In certain circumstances, an employment permit may issue to persons already lawfully residing in the State on another immigration permission, who are the holders of valid Garda National Immigration Bureau cards, and who have been offered employment in an eligible occupation. In this instance, on receipt of the employment permit, the persons concerned must register their change of status with the Garda National Immigration Bureau.Highly Skilled Job Interview Authorisation
Permission to enter and remain in Ireland on a temporary basis (up to a maximum of 90 days from the date of arrival) will be granted to non-EEA nationals who have been invited by an employer based in Ireland to attend a job interview for eligible employment as identified on the Highly Skilled Occupations list. During this time period, successful interviewees may apply for an Employment Permit from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and await the outcome of the application. This application must be made as soon as possible following the offer of employment.
You must apply online unless you are already living in Ireland and are making a re-entry visa application.