• Shashank R. Chakerwarti

How to apply for an Employment Permit?

Updated: Nov 5, 2019

For any Non-EU, who wishes to work in the Republic of Ireland must apply for an Employment Permit via the Department's Employment Permits Online System (EPOS).

Choosing the right application form.

There are two types of work permit that majority of you will be applying for: 1. Critical Skills Employment Permit.  2. General Employment Permit. 

Critical Skills Employment Permit?

This type of permit is given to individuals whose expertise are important to growing Ireland’s economy, are highly demanded and highly skilled, and in significant shortage of supply in Ireland's labour market. Criteria for eligibility 1. Offering firm must be based and trading in Ireland and who is registered with the Revenue Commissioners and, where applicable, the Companies Registration Office/Register of Friendly Societies.

2. Minimum remuneration must be of €30,000 and must be listed on the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List.

3. A relevant degree qualification or higher is required.

4. 50:50 Rule, firm offering the job must have 50% of the employees from EU countries.

5. Must have secured a 2 year job offer.  6. Employee must possess the relevant qualifications, skills and experience that are required for the employment.


General Employment Permit? 

Unlike Critical Skills Employment Permits where the State specifies eligible occupations, General Employment Permits assume all occupations to be eligible unless otherwise specified. Therefore, all occupations are eligible unless excluded under the list of Ineligible Categories of Employment for Employment Permits. Criteria for eligibility 1. Offering firm must be based and trading in Ireland and who is registered with the Revenue Commissioners and, where applicable, the Companies Registration Office/Register of Friendly Societies.

2. Minimum remuneration must be of €30,000 (€27,000 for recent graduated in the past 12 months from an Irish college). 

3. Employee must possess the relevant qualifications, skills and experience that are required for the employment.

4. 50:50 Rule, firm offering the job must have 50% of the employees from EU countries. 

Labours needs test is a government policy where jobs in this area must first be advertised to Irish and EU citizens, if a suitable candidate is not found only then it can be offered to a non-EU and for this: The employer must advertise the vacancy: - with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection Employment Services/EURES employment network for at least 2 weeks and -in a national newspaper for at least 3 days and also - in either a local newspaper or jobs website (separate to Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection/EURES websites) for 3 days.

Once, you have picked which employment permit you wish to apply; select I am an Employee.

Apply for a New Employment Permit and fill in your personal details in the pop up presented, this information will assist you in saving and resuming your application at a later date. .

Introduction section On opening each form you are presented with an Introduction Section which provides a short description of the permit being applied for and asks for information on who the Applicant for the permit is and whether an Agent is assisting in the process. MyWork-ID In order to allow you to put your work on the Application on hold and to resume it later, and to associate relevant signature pages with an application, the System automatically assigns a unique identifier - MyWork-ID – to each application form created.

The form can be completed in any order and the user friendly menu to the left will assist you to navigate through the form with ease. (?) Help Buttons, hover over them to understand what the form is asking you to fill. Once you are satisfied will all the information click "Complete Form," this action cannot be undone, so be sure that all information submitted is accurate. 

Post completing the form, you will be diverted to a web page, from where you can download the signature sheet. Sign it, gather all your important documents, have a scanner handy as now is the time to upload all the relevant supporting documents. 

List of documents required: 

  • Signature page (Mandatory)

  • Passport Photo of Foreign National (Mandatory)   - Width of the image is 413 pixels (35mm @ 300dpi). - Height of the image is 531 pixels (45mm @ 300dpi).

  • Copy of Foreign National's Passport (Mandatory)

  • Copy of Contractual Agreement

  • Copy of Tax Clearance Certificate

  • Copies of Utility Bills

  • Copies of Certified Qualification

  • Copy of Qualification as trained medical professional (If Applicable)

  • Copy of P60, Payslips, Bank Statement (6 months)

  • Letter of Recommendation From IDA Ireland OR Enterprise Ireland (If Applicable)

  • Cover letter and any other Letters of Support (Miscellaneous)


Payments portal,  employment permit fee is €1,000 and you are redirected to the 3rd Party Payments Provider System to pay with your Credit/Debit Card.

Email confirmation:  Once you have submitted your application the information will be transferred electronically to the Employment Permits Management System and assigned a unique EP reference number via e-mail.

Contact EPOS:  You can e-mail at: epos@djei.ie or call at (01) 417 5333 or LoCall: 1890 201 616 and select option 1. 

Best wishes!

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