Work Permit Ireland

Work in Ireland

Ireland is a popular destination for expatriates looking to find employment outside of their home country. People who live and work in Ireland are entitled to European Union membership. Another advantage is that you can apply for citizenship after five years in Ireland.

Ireland’s economy has been experiencing rapid growth since the early 2000s, making it an excellent place for professionals to seek employment.

The Irish government offers various incentives for foreigners willing to work in Ireland including:

  • Free health care
  • Free public transport
  • Free university tuition fees (for residents)
  • Free housing and utilities if paying rent or mortgage has been waived by the landlord (for tenants only).

Work visa for Ireland

Any foreign national wishing to work in Ireland must be aware of the visa requirements. Nationals from non-EU countries will need a work permit before they can legally work in Ireland.

Ireland has two types of work permits:

  • General Employment Permit
  • Critical Skills Employment Permit.

General Employment Permit

The General Employment Permit is a work visa that has been issued by the Irish Government to those who have been selected for employment in Ireland. This visa allows you to work in Ireland for a minimum of 30,000 Euros per year. Before applying for the visa, you must have a job offer from an employer with whom you have a business relationship. At least two years must be written into your contract. To apply for this visa, you must have completed at least two years of tertiary education relevant to the employment-based training program for which you were chosen.

This visa, which is good for two years and can be extended for an additional three, allows you to work legally in the country for five years after which you can apply for long-term residency.

This type of visa is a good option for those looking for a short-term job or those who need some extra cash during their stay in Ireland. The permit also allows you to study at any educational institution within the country, which can help you learn more about the culture and language of Ireland.

Critical Skills Employment Permit

The Critical Skills Employment Permit is a visa category for highly skilled workers.

The Critical Skills Employment Permit is valid for two years, after which its holder can apply for renewal. An initiative by the department of jobs, it provides excellent opportunities for qualified professionals who are required to live and work in Ireland for a short period of time.

The Critical Skills Employment Permit is not a permanent residence permit. However, it allows highly skilled individuals and their families to enter Ireland on a temporary basis and apply for permanent residency once they have established themselves here.

The purpose of this visa category is to attract foreign workers who have received higher education qualifications from Irish universities and colleges or who have significant experience working in critical fields such as medicine, dentistry, engineering and IT, etc.

Documents for Application IRELAND Work Visa

The following documents are required for your IRELAND Work Visa:

A certified copy of your passport.

Passport-size photo that meets Ireland’s photo criteria.

An employment contract signed by both parties i.e. you and your employer.

If you are currently residing in Ireland at the time of application, a copy of your immigration stamp as well.

A copy of the Ireland Letter of Support.


The Irish immigration process for work visas is straightforward. Here’s how to apply for an Ireland work visa:

  1. Apply for your visa online through EPOS
  2. You’ll need a passport and a valid passport-sized photo of yourself
  3. Submit your application as soon as possible, but at least four weeks before the end of your current employment contract (if you have one) or four weeks after your last day of employment in your current job (if you don’t have one).
  4. You can’t apply for a new visa within the same year that you applied for an old one
  5. If you’re an intra-company transferee, you must also submit a letter from your employer confirming that they support your application