Written Answers. - Work Permits.

Michael Ring

Question:

160 Mr. Ring asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the regulations for work permit approval of a Chinese national; and if these regulations apply to all non-EU nationals as standard or are they specifically tailored to those from China. [1408/99]

At present a work permit must be obtained from the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment by any employer who wishes to employ any person who is not a national of a member country of the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA comprises the member states of the European Union plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Work permits have, generally, only been issued in respect of prospective employees who have very specialised skills or qualifications which are not readily available either here or elsewhere in the EU-EEA.
Before issuing such permits employers are expected to demonstrate that they have made reasonable efforts to employ an Irish or other EEA national for the job and have been unable to do so. Details of the qualifications or special expertise of the individual who may be the subject of an application are also required. There are also requirements as to compliance with the relevant immigration legislation. These requirements apply to all non EEA nationals who may be the subject of a work permit application. There are no special requirements in respect of Chinese nationals.
The current work permit regime is based on administrative practice and I will shortly be bringing proposals to Government to place these matters on a statutory footing.

Michael Ring

Question:

161 Mr. Ring asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the reason a work permit application for a person (details supplied) was refused in view of the shortage of people here with the same qualifications and training; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1409/99]

The application referred to by the Deputy was refused by my Department for a number of reasons.

The post in respect of which the application was made was a general one for which specialist skills did not appear essential and which, it was felt, could be carried out by an Irish or other European Economic Area national. No details of any special qualifications for the job were submitted by the applicant. Neither was a CV in respect of the individual concerned submitted with the application. Furthermore, no evidence whatsoever was submitted by the applicant of any attempt to recruit an Irish or other EEA national for the job. Finally, it appeared that the person in respect of whom the application was made had, in fact, already been working illegally in the establishment concerned in contravention of the relevant legislation [section 3 of the Aliens (Amendment) Order 1975].

Michael Ring

Question:

162 Mr. Ring asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of work permits issued to non-EU nationals for the hotel and catering industry for each of the years from 1996-8. [1411/99]

The total number of work permits granted to employers to allow them to employ non-EEA nationals in the State in the sector concerned for the years 1996-8 were as follows:

Year

New Permits

Renewals

Total Issued

1996

206

190

396

1997

245

294

539

1998

315

300

615

Michael Ring

Question:

163 Mr. Ring asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of non EU nationals in Ireland with a current work permit; their country of nationality; and the industry of their work. [1412/99]

The number of work permits granted to employers to allow them to employ non-European Economic Area nationals in the State for the year 1998 was 5,789; of these 3,670 were new work permits, 1,881 were renewals and 238 were group permits.

The nationality of people in respect of whom work permits are issued and the industry-sector for which the permits were granted are compiled on an annual basis. The full listings for the year 1998 are set out in Tables 1 and 2 respectively.

TABLE 1

Year

Nationality

New Permits

Renewals

Group

Issued

1998

Algeria

37

12

0

49

Angola

5

0

0

5

Argentina

11

1

0

12

Armenia

1

3

0

4

Australia

230

88

0

318

Bahamas

1

0

0

1

Bahrain

4

1

0

5

Bangladesh

14

37

0

51

Barbados

9

2

0

11

Belarus

3

5

0

8

Bolivia

1

0

0

1

Bosnia

3

4

0

7

Botswana

4

0

0

4

Brazil

17

18

0

35

Brunei

18

2

0

20

Bulgaria

14

2

0

16

Burma

1

1

0

2

Cameroon

2

4

0

6

Canada

156

72

0

228

Year

Nationality

New Permits

Renewals

Group

Issued

1998

Chile

3

0

0

3

China

51

67

0

118

Colombia

3

3

0

6

Croatia

13

9

0

22

Cuba

14

2

0

16

Cyprus

2

2

0

4

Czech Republic

27

14

0

41

Ecuador

1

0

0

1

Egypt

28

21

0

49

Eritrea

0

1

0

1

Estonia

4

0

0

4

Ethiopia

4

2

0

6

Ghana

3

0

0

3

Guatemala

2

0

0

2

Guernsey, UK

1

0

0

1

Guinea Republic

1

0

0

1

Guyana

1

0

0

1

Hong Kong

62

87

0

149

Hungary

44

17

0

61

India

328

122

0

450

Indonesia

3

0

0

3

Iran

24

12

0

36

Iraq

19

12

0

31

Israel

68

7

0

75

Ivory Coast

3

1

0

4

Jamaica

2

3

0

5

Japan

112

144

0

256

Jordan

6

3

0

9

Kenya

10

8

0

18

Korea (Republic of)

2

19

0

21

Korea (Democratic People's Republic)

6

0

0

6

Kuwait

6

3

0

9

Latvia

3

1

0

4

Lebanon

12

3

0

15

Liberia

1

0

0

1

Libya

15

10

0

25

Lithuania

6

3

0

9

Macedonia

1

1

0

2

Malaysia

134

69

0

203

Malta

3

2

0

5

Mauritius

12

3

0

15

Mexico

20

13

0

33

Moldova

4

2

0

6

Morocco

14

3

0

17

Mozambique

1

0

0

1

Napal

5

2

0

7

New Zealand

126

38

0

164

Nicaragua

1

0

0

1

Nigeria

37

14

0

51

Oman

3

0

0

3

Pakistan

120

104

0

224

Palestine

7

4

0

11

Panama

1

0

0

1

Papua New Guinea

1

0

0

1

Peru

0

1

0

1

Philippines

38

25

0

63

Poland

62

22

0

84

Qatar

1

1

0

2

Romania

46

14

0

60

Russia

70

34

0

104

Rwanda

1

0

0

1

Saudi Arabia

1

1

0

2

Sierra Leone

3

0

0

3

Singapore

24

11

0

35

Slovak Republic

11

9

0

20

Slovenia

7

6

0

13

Somali

1

0

0

1

South Africa

128

55

0

183

South Korea

9

13

0

22

Sri Lanka

15

8

0

23

Sudan

23

11

0

34

Swaziland

2

0

0

2

Switzerland

129

49

0

178

Syria

6

3

0

9

Taiwan

0

1

0

1

Year

Nationality

New Permits

Renewals

Group

Issued

1998

Tanzania

4

3

0

7

Thailand

13

8

0

21

Trinidad

14

8

0

22

Tunisia

10

0

0

10

Turkey

39

23

0

62

Uganda

1

0

0

1

Ukraine

6

7

0

13

Uruguay

0

2

0

2

U.A.E.

10

2

0

12

U.S.A.

1,014

445

0

1,459

U.S.S.R.

3

12

0

15

Venezuela

12

2

0

14

Vietnam

0

3

0

3

Yugoslavia

34

19

0

53

Zaire

2

0

0

2

Zambia

2

0

0

2

Zimbabwe

18

0

0

18

(Group Permits)

0

0

238

238

Total for 1998

3,670

1,881

238

5,789

TABLE 2

Year

Sector

New Permits

Renewals

Group

Issued

1998

Agriculture and Fisheries

62

7

0

69

Catering

315

300

0

615

Domestic

21

36

0

57

Education

177

127

0

304

Entertainment

170

33

232

435

Exchange Agreements

34

3

0

37

Industry

400

314

2

716

Medical & Nursing

431

202

0

633

Service Industry

2,005

858

4

2,867

Sport

55

1

0

56

Total for 1998

3,670

1,881

238

5,789