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Ireland Critical Skills Employment Permit

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About The Critical Skills Employment Permit

General Information

The Critical Skills Employment Permit for Ireland (formerly known as Ireland Green Card) enables individuals with specific qualifications, skills, and experience to work in Ireland for an Irish company/employer.

These individuals work in highly skilled roles or occupations where skills shortages exist.

This Irish Critical Skills Employment Permit is valid for two years.

After the two years are complete, if you wish to remain working in Ireland, you can obtain permission to work and live in Ireland without a permit.

See the requirements below to find out if you’re eligible for the Irish Critical Skills Employment Permit.


  • The employer and applicant’s eligibility depends on the job offer and the applicant’s skills, qualifications and experience.

The general requirements for this type of permit include:

  • The employer must be registered in Ireland
  • The contract must be permanent or for at least 2 years in case of fixed-term contracts
  • At least 50% of the company employees need to be EEA nationals. This requirement may be waived if the company is a start-up and is supported by Enterprise Ireland or IDA Ireland
  • The proposed position can’t be on the Ineligible Categories of Employment list
  • If the proposed position is on the Critical Skills List and the applicant has a relevant qualification at least at a degree level, the base salary (not including bonuses and allowances) must be at least €32,000
  • Where the base salary is €64,000 or more, the occupation does not need to be on the Critical Skills List and there is no requirement for a relevant degree
Ireland Critical Skills Employment Permit Processing Time

The processing time for the Irish Employment Permit depends on the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.


Critical Skills Employment Permit processing fee starts from

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