Ireland recently announced prominent changes to its employment permit system. These changes will help skilled workers from outside the EU to live and work there. The professions facing labour shortages, such as healthcare, IT, and construction, will particularly benefit from these changes.
Let’s take a look at the changes:
Starting in January 2024, the salary threshold for most general employment permits is going to be increased. The minimum salary, which was required at 30,000 euros, will go up to 34,000 euros annually. This 4,000 euro jump is excellent as it will encourage the number of work permits and also make family reunifications easier.
Fun fact: This threshold has been the same for the last decade!
A table of overall changes:
Employment Permit Type
Healthcare Assistant/Home Carer
The Irish government has added 32 new jobs to the list of occupations that are eligible for a general employment permit. Now, the following occupations will be removed from the Ineligible Occupations List, making them eligible for a General Employment Permit, and they will be able to secure work permits without the need to get sponsored by an employer.
11 new roles have been added to the extended Critical Occupations List, mentioned below:
Occupations added to the Critical Skills Occupation List:
This change will let workers in these professions qualify for a fast-track employment permit process.
It is going to get easier for the families of skilled workers to join them in Ireland due to the increased salary thresholds and extended eligibility for work permits. The government seems committed to supporting family reunification for healthcare workers, etc., as there are several visa options available for dependents of work permit holders.
How are these changes going to affect you?
For a skilled worker from outside the EU, these changes could make it easier for them to live and work in Ireland. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
The new salary threshold will be implemented on January 17, 2024.
If you are interested in applying for an employment permit in Ireland, we recommend that you contact a qualified immigration lawyer. They can guide you with which type of permit is right for you and help you through the application process.