In the absence of specific rules for seasonal workers, general employment rules apply.
You must, in general, have:
- a valid entry visa (if necessary);
- a valid employment permit; and
- a certificate of registration called an Irish Residence Permit issued by the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) or local Immigration Officer after you arrive in Ireland;
|In the absence of specific rules for seasonal workers, general employment rules apply.|
Where and how to apply
General Employment Permit
Non-EEA nationals with a stamp 1, 1A, 1G, 2, 2A or 3 residence permissionSearch for available translations of the preceding link may apply for a General Employment Permit provided the job is not on the ineligible list of occupations for employment permitsSearch for available translations of the preceding link.
The general employment permit is granted only if there are no national or EEA/Swiss workers available to fill the position. It cannot be issued where this would result in 50% of the workforce employed in Ireland coming from outside the EEA/Switzerland, with the exception of a start-up company within 2 years of its establishment (i.e. registered as an employer with Revenue) and which are supported by Enterprise Ireland or IDA Ireland and which will contribute to the further development of employment in the State,; where on the day on which the application is made the employer has no employees and the foreign national will be the sole employee.
Non-EEA nationals who are already lawfully resident in the State and hold a valid Certificate of Registration (GNIB card) with Stamps 1, 1A, 1G, 2, 2A and 3 immigration permissions, may apply to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation for an Employment PermitSearch for available translations of the preceding link, if offered employment in an eligible occupation i.e. any occupation apart from those on the Ineligible Categories of Employment for Employment Permits list. The assessment of skills, labour market shortages and appropriateness of the salary level will be determined by that Department.
Current holders of an Employment Permit in respect of an exchange agreement or an internship and holders of an Intra-Corporate Transfer (Intra-CT) Employment Permit undergoing a one-year training programme in the State, can apply for a Critical Skills Employment Permit or a General Employment Permit from within the State and subject to the normal criteria.Visa
Once your employment permit is issued, you must obtain a D-visa unless you are visa-exemptSearch for available translations of the preceding link.
|Documents required||In addition to the completed employment permit form and the required fees, you must have a job offer and provide:|
You must be directly paid and employed by your employer.
|Duration of validity of permits||Employment permits are first issued for a maximum period of two years, renewable for a maximum of three years.|
If you have held an employment permit for five consecutive years and have been working lawfully, you can apply for permission to reside and work in Ireland without an employment permit. This applies to those made redundant after five years working on a permit and to those still in employment.
More on the policy for five-year workersSearch for available translations of the preceding link.
|Further requirements||Following admission to Ireland, you must register with your local immigration officer and obtain a certificate of registration.|
If you live in Dublin City or county, you must register at Burgh Quay Immigration Registration Office. This office is managed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).
If you live outside Dublin City or county, you must register at your local immigration registration officeSearch for available translations of the preceding link. These offices are managed by the Garda National Immigration BureauSearch for available translations of the preceding link (police) and located at Garda stations nationwide.
You can appeal a refusal decision of an employment permit application within 28 days of the refusal date by completing a Submission of a Decision for Review FormSearch for available translations of the preceding link. The appeal will be considered by a separate and more senior official. The refusal of an application on appeal does not prevent you submitting a new application.
|Further information||More on employment permitsSearch for available translations of the preceding link|
More on visasSearch for available translations of the preceding link
More on registrationSearch for available translations of the preceding link
More on appeals
In the absence of specific rules for seasonal workers, general employment rules apply. Please see under ‘Rights’ for ‘Employed workerSearch for available translations of the preceding link’ for all information.
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- Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Employment Permits Section)
- Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (visas)
- Garda National Immigration Bureau
- Department of Justice and Equality
- Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection Employment Services
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Citizens Information (Coming to Work in Ireland)