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Ireland General Work Permit

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About the Irish General Work Permit

General Information

The Irish General Work Permit is a permit that allows a non-EEA citizen to work legally in Ireland for an employer in a particular occupation.

It is initially granted for up to two years and can be extended after that.

This permit allows the non-EEA citizens to work in certain occupations in Ireland where labour shortages exist.

You can apply for this permit before you travel to Ireland.

Secure your Work Permit for Ireland online with Visa First.

Simply check out the Irish General Work Permit requirements listed below and let us handle the rest!


  • 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
  • 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
  • The base annual salary (not including bonuses and allowances) must be at least €30,000 but it can be lower for certain categories of employment
Ireland General Work Permit Processing Time

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


General Work Permit processing fee starts from

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