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Navigating the Reactivation Employment Permit Scheme in Ireland

The primary goal of the Reactivation Employment Permit scheme is to assist non-EEA nationals in re-employment situations. This includes individuals who have lost their jobs without fault, as well as those who have been mistreated by their employers. It's important to note that this information is not applicable to EU nationals or nationals of Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, or Norway.



Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for this scheme, you must meet certain criteria:

  1. You have held an employment permit to work in Ireland.

  2. Your current immigration permission has expired or will expire in the next three months.

  3. You've remained in the State after falling out of employment.

  4. In the past six months, you held valid immigration permission and an employment permit from the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment.

  5. You hold a Reactivation Employment Permit and want to change employers.

You are not eligible if:

  1. You are subject to a Deportation Order or have been proposed for deportation under the Immigration Act 1999.

  2. You are subject to a Removal Order under EU law.

  3. You entered Ireland as a student or visitor without holding an employment permit.

  4. You previously had an Employment Permit but left Ireland.

  5. You previously had an Employment Permit and Stamp 1 permission but changed your immigration status.

Application Process: To apply for immigration permission under the Reactivation Employment Permit Scheme, follow these steps:

  1. Download and complete the APPLICATION FORM.

  2. Compile the required documentation, including a copy of your passport, entry stamp, current and former work permits, current or expired IRP card, and a letter from your employer or DETE explaining why you cannot renew your employment permit.

  3. Email your application to DRPCustomerservice@justice.ie with "Reactivation Employment Permit" in the subject line. Alternatively, you can apply by post.

If Your Application is Approved: If your application is approved, you'll be granted a temporary Stamp 1 permission to remain in Ireland. Subsequently, you must apply for a Reactivation Employment Permit with the Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment.


If Your Application is Refused: If your application is refused, alternative permissions may be granted, allowing you to apply for a General or Critical Skills employment permit. In some cases, you may be required to leave the state or face deportation proceedings.


Contact Information: For any questions, contact DRPCustomerservice@justice.ie.

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