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

New Irish Work Permit

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.

But first, let’s take a quick recap of two of Ireland’s most common employment permit types – the General Employment Permit and Critical Skills Employment Permit – and their eligibility requirements.

What is the Irish General Employment Permit?

The Irish General Employment Permit, allows immigrants with a job offer to work legally in Ireland. The minimum annual remuneration is generally €30,000 (some exceptions apply). Both the employer and the worker can apply for this permit.

It’s valid for a period of up to 2 years, and it could be extended for another 3 years after that. After the period of 5 years, the permit holders can apply for long-term residence.

The applicants must have an existing job offer in Ireland and have all the required skills and qualifications for the role before applying for the permit.

What is the Critical Skills Employment Permit?

Critical Skills Employment Permit is designed to attract highly-skilled people into the labour market of Ireland. The eligible occupations are deemed to be highly important to growing Ireland’s economy.

The permit allows immigrants to work legally in Ireland in a role where the minimum remuneration is €64,000 per year OR at least €30,000 per year if the job is listed on Ireland’s Highly Skilled Occupation List.

It’s valid for a period of 2 years. After that, the Critical skills permit holders could apply for a Stamp 4, which will allow them to live and work in Ireland on a permanent basis.

The applicants must have an existing job offer in Ireland and have all the required skills and qualifications for the role before applying for the permit.

Lost your job in Ireland?

If you are working in Ireland on an immigrant visa and you lose your employment, you should notify the Employment Permits Section of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation within 4 weeks of losing your job.

You will have six months (from the date you lost your job) in which to find new employment. After this time you should contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service as they will help you to establish your immigration status after that period.

It’s important to note that you can apply for your new work permit in the six months that you are searching for your next employment.

How to apply for a new Irish work permit online?

In order to apply, you will need a number of important documents, such as:

  • Your passport
  • Your current Irish Residence Permit (IRP) or ‘GNIB card’
  • Your Employment Permit
  • And more

You can apply for your new employment permit directly yourself with the Irish Embassy.

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Our team will guide you through the entire process – and even boost your chances of a successful outcome!

Visa First has over 15 years of experience, so you can rest assured that you are in good hands and the application process will be easy as can be!

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