Ireland – Interim Change to Reduce Employment Permit Processing Times

What has changed

Over the past year, the Department of Business, Enterprise, and Innovation (DBEI) has been experiencing a higher than normal demand for Employment Permits. To reduce the Employment Permit processing times, the DBEI is requesting that Critical Skills Employment holders apply for Stamp 4 permission four (4) months in advance of their current Critical Skills Employment expiration date.

Previously, foreign employees would be eligible to apply for the Stamp 4 permission upon completion of twenty-one (21) out of twenty-four (24) months on their Critical Skills Employment Permit.

Who is affected

All clients who currently or will employ foreign nationals in Ireland with a Critical Skills Employment Permit and looking to apply for Stamp 4 permission.

What to expect

The change in the timeline for the Critical Skills Employment holders is an interim measure from the DBEI aimed to reduce processing time for all types of applications.

At this time, “no person awaiting a decision in relation to a Stamp 4 application in these circumstances will be asked to cease work or leave the country.”

What you need to do

Emigra Worldwide can advise clients who have employee’s holding a Critical Skills Employment Permit of the timelines during the case assessment. In order for Emigra Worldwide enough time to complete an assessment, collate documents and submit documents, clients should notify Emigra six (6) months prior to the expiration of their foreign employee’s Critical Skills Employment Permit.

Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for additional details on how these updates may impact you or your client.