Workers & permits

All non-EEA nationals need permission to remain in the State. Permission to remain will be in the form of an endorsement in your passport confirming the conditions and period of time for which you have permission to remain in the


In order to take up employment in the State, the person must be in possession of (a) valid work permit (b) valid green card – further information is available from the a Work Permit Section, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

All non EEA nationals wishing to remain in the State on work permit/green card conditions must be in a position to present to their Immigration Officer, the following documents:

  • original passport
  • valid visa (if appropriate)
  • original work permit / green card permit

The holder of a valid work permit/green card is entitled to take up employment in the State. However, they must also seek to obtain permission to remain on this basis from their local Immigration Officer.

Applying for an Employment Permit whilst already lawfully resident in the State

The scope of this initiative, originally implemented on 10 April 2013 by the Department of Justice and Equality (Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service) and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, is now being expanded to include all eligible occupations and not just those on the Highly Skilled Occupations List as previously allowed.

Effective from Monday, 22 July 2013, non-EEA nationals who are already lawfully resident in the State and hold a valid Certificate of Registration - ie Irish Residence Permit (IRP) or GNIB Card - with Stamps 1, 1A, 2, 2A and 3 immigration permissions may apply for an Employment Permit if offered employment in any eligible occupation. Employment Permits will not be granted in respect of any activity listed in the Ineligible Categories of Employment - See

Normal Employment Permit application criteria will apply. The assessment of skills, labour market shortages and appropriateness of the salary level will be determined by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

If an application is successful, the person concerned must apply to the Garda National Immigration Bureau on receipt of the Employment Permit for a change/update of immigration permission.

For further details see

25 July 2013


Please see the below links regarding the states redundancy policy for Non-EEA workers.

Policy for 5 year workers and redundant workers