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Here you’ll find top tips for working holidaymakers, our picks for this year’s best tourist destinations, business travel advice & much more



How To Get a New Irish Work Permit If You Have Lost Your Job

COVID-19 has had wide-ranging effects on employment in almost every sector in Ireland. Immigrants who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic must apply to renew their work permits. In this handy guide, we will outline how you can apply to renew your Irish work permit easily online if you have been made redundant. […]

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How to Renew Your Irish Employment Permit

If your Irish Employment permit is about to expire, it must be renewed if you are not able to switch to another status which enables you to work without a permit. In order to renew your Irish Employment permit you must: hold a valid General, Intra-Company transfer, Contract for Services or Dependent permit be employed […]

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76% of Would-be Irish Travellers Hopeful of Venturing Abroad in 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc for thousands of Irish tourist’s 2020 holiday plans. Despite this, according to a new survey conducted by Visa First, 76% of Irish travellers are hopeful that they will be able to fly abroad in 2020. Furthermore, 78% of respondents stated that they would feel comfortable visiting other countries after […]

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How is COVID-19 Affecting Irish Working Abroad on Short-term Visas?

COVID-19 and your Irish short-term visa The Visa First team is fielding a large volume of calls from Irish people both at home and abroad. They are concerned over the implications of COVID-19 on the working holiday or business visa they currently hold – or a visa that they have already applied for and which […]

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Corporate Ireland in Seek of Critical Skills Employees from Oversees

Since the Irish economy has been kick-started back into action, Irish businesses in certain sectors have experienced difficulty in sourcing certain skills for their business from the skills pool here in Ireland. They have been forced to look further afield to attract highly skilled employees for their operations. Sectors in need of highly skilled employees Businesses of all sizes across a range of sectors have experienced the need to bring […]

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Changes to visa law could help address skills shortages in Ireland

Businessworld.ie: Changes introduced today by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) regarding the eligibility of certain occupations to apply for work visas, will go some way to addressing skills shortages in the country according to visa experts at www.visafirst.com. Manager and Migration Expert with www.visafirst.com, Edwina Shanahan, claims that the changes will definitely be […]

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Moving to Ireland – The Complete Guide

Considering a move to Ireland, but asking yourself “What do I need to know before moving to Ireland?”. With its friendly residents and lively pubs, it’s easy to see why plenty of foreigners are drawn to the Emerald Isle every year. TABLE OF CONTENTS What are the benefits of moving to Ireland? Weather in Ireland […]

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42 percent Increase in the Number of Irish Work Permits Issued Last Year

The total number of Irish work permits issued in 2014 amounted to 5,495 which is a huge increase compared to 2013. The industries that attracted the majority of the newcomers to Ireland were the health industries and the IT sector – almost two-thirds of all work permits went in one of these business areas. Unsurprisingly, […]

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Studying Abroad – A Complete Guide

Studying abroad is a life-changing experience and probably one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself. Top 6 Reasons to Choose Studying Abroad? It’s an opportunity to get to know other cultures. It’s an opportunity to travel a lot. It’s an opportunity to better learn a language. It’s an opportunity to gain […]

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