Written Answers. - Work Permits.

Nora Owen

Question:

218 Mrs. Owen asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the average time for the handling of an application for a work permit; if any additional staff have been made available in the work permit section of her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20411/00]

The length of time taken to deal with an application for a work permit to employ a non-European economic area national will always depend on the individual circumstances of the case concerned. In the first six months of this year the average monthly number of applications received was about 1,420 which was a significant increase on the level in the same period for 1999. After a considerable effort by my Department involving the allocation of three additional staff, procedural simplification and overtime working, the processing time was reduced to about 15 working days by late July.

However, the numbers of applications received in July, August and September were 1650, 2,116 and 2,366 respectively. This level of increase, combined with staff turnover has clearly placed pressure on resources and the processing time has been pushed out to about six weeks. A range of streamlining and organisational initiatives are being taken to speed up the processing of applications and this will be supplemented by further staff increases as appropriate. My objective is to get processing time down to around one week.

Nora Owen

Question:

219 Mrs. Owen asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of work permits granted in 1998 and 1999; the nature of such work permits; the categories of work undertaken through those work permits; the nationalities of those who received work permits; the life of each work permit granted in those years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20412/00]

The total number of work permits granted to employers to allow them to employ non-European economic area nationals in the State for the years 1998 and 1999 is as follows:

Year

Total Issued

1998

5,716

1999

6,262

Details of the number of work permits granted for the years 1998 and 1999 on the basis of category/sector of work and nationality of people in respect of whom work permits were issued are set out in tables 1 and 2 respectively. The period of validity of the permit varies between one month and a maximum of one year.
Table 1: Permits Issues/Refused – 1998/1999

Year

Sector

NewPermits

Renewals

GroupPermits

Issued

Refused

1999

Agriculture & Fisheries

425

24

0

449

40

Catering

458

236

0

694

76

Domestic

36

44

0

80

8

Education

172

132

0

304

6

Year

Sector

NewPermits

Renewals

GroupPermits

Issued

Refused

Entertainment

168

18

266

452

3

Exchange Agreements

57

3

0

60

0

Industry

274

140

0

414

15

Medical & Nursing

528

192

1

721

6

Service Industry

2,164

862

2

3028

123

Sport

51

9

0

60

1

Total

4,333

1,660

269

6,262

278

1998

Agriculture & Fisheries

63

7

0

70

7

Catering

304

303

0

607

54

Domestic

22

37

0

59

3

Education

174

124

0

298

3

Entertainment

174

32

233

439

6

Exchange Agreements

33

3

0

36

2

Industry

390

315

2

707

7

Medical & Nursing

415

205

0

620

3

Service Industry

1,959

859

4

2,822

90

Sport

57

1

0

58

4

Total

3,591

1,886

239

5,716

179

Table 2: Permits Issued/Refused by Nationality – 1998/1999

Year

Nationality

New Permits

Renewals

Group Permits

Issued

Refusals

1999

Albania

3

0

0

3

1

Algeria

12

10

0

22

0

America

1

0

0

1

0

Angola

3

0

0

3

0

Argentina

8

2

0

10

1

Armenia

2

1

0

3

1

Australia

271

76

0

347

28

Azerbaijan

1

0

0

1

0

Bahamas

1

0

0

1

0

Bahrain

2

2

0

4

0

Bangladesh

45

30

0

75

0

Barbados

3

2

0

5

1

Belarus

7

7

0

14

0

Bosnia Herzegovina

2

6

0

8

1

Botswana

3

2

0

5

0

Brazil

145

20

0

165

11

Brunei

1

0

0

1

0

Bulgaria

24

2

0

26

0

Burma

0

1

0

1

0

Burundi

1

0

0

1

0

Cameroon

3

4

0

7

0

Canada

142

41

0

183

9

Cape Verde

1

0

0

1

0

Channel Islands (Jersey Guernesy Alderney Sark Herm)

1

0

0

1

0

Chile

3

1

0

4

0

China

97

62

0

159

26

Colombia

6

2

0

8

1

Comoros Islands

1

0

0

1

0

Congo (Democratic Republic of )

2

0

0

2

0

Costa Rica

1

0

0

1

0

Croatia

21

10

0

31

4

Cuba

1

5

0

6

1

Cyprus

2

1

0

3

0

Czech Republic

112

26

0

138

1

Egypt

22

14

0

36

2

El Salvador

0

0

0

0

1

Eritrea

1

1

0

2

0

Estonia

1

1

0

2

0

Ethiopia

2

1

0

3

0

Gambia

1

0

0

1

1

Georgia

1

0

0

1

1

Ghana

3

1

0

4

0

Year

Nationality

New Permits

Renewals

Group Permits

Issued

Refusals

Guyana

1

0

0

1

0

Hong Kong

48

54

0

102

5

Hungary

76

29

0

105

1

India

244

146

0

390

10

Indonesia

3

1

0

4

0

Iran

14

5

0

19

2

Iraq

5

7

0

12

0

Israel

43

14

0

57

0

Italy

1

0

0

1

0

Jamaica

3

0

0

3

1

Japan

103

88

0

191

6

Jordan

7

0

0

7

0

Kazakhstan

1

1

0

2

0

Kenya

3

7

0

10

0

Korea (Democratic Peoples Republic of (North))

3

2

0

5

0

Korea (Republic of (South))

23

31

0

54

1

Kosovo

1

0

0

1

0

Kuwait

4

4

0

8

0

Kyrghyz Republic

1

0

0

1

0

Latvia

254

9

0

263

16

Lebanon

13

5

0

18

1

Lesotho

1

0

0

1

0

Liberia

1

0

0

1

1

Libya

8

4

0

12

0

Lithuania

16

4

0

20

1

Macedonia (FYR)

3

0

0

3

0

Madagascar

1

0

0

1

0

Malaysia

179

67

0

246

7

Malta

6

1

0

7

0

Mauritius

9

3

0

12

0

Mexico

21

9

0

30

2

Moldova

13

1

0

14

0

Morocco

5

2

0

7

1

Namibia

1

0

0

1

0

Nepal

11

4

0

15

1

New Zealand

176

47

0

223

20

Nicaragua

1

0

0

1

0

Nigeria

31

14

0

45

3

Oman

5

0

0

5

0

Pakistan

158

96

0

254

7

Palestine

14

5

0

19

0

Panama

0

1

0

1

0

Peru

2

1

0

3

0

Philippines

108

48

0

156

9

Poland

156

37

0

193

3

Romania

84

10

0

94

21

Russia

0

1

0

1

0

Russian Federation

143

56

0

199

5

Rwanda

1

0

0

1

0

Senegal

1

0

0

1

0

Sierra Leone

3

1

0

4

0

Singapore

24

4

0

28

0

Slovak Republic

1

0

0

1

0

Slovakia

23

9

0

32

1

Slovenia

7

4

0

11

0

Somalia

4

0

0

4

0

South Africa

295

57

0

352

12

Sri Lanka

10

2

0

12

1

Sudan

26

8

0

34

0

Switzerland

167

49

0

216

4

Syria

6

6

0

12

1

Taiwan

4

2

0

6

0

Tanzania

2

3

0

5

0

Thailand

28

10

0

38

0

Trinidad & Tobago

15

4

0

19

0

Tunisia

3

1

0

4

3

Turkey

45

15

0

60

4

Uganda

1

0

0

1

0

Ukraine

42

7

0

49

1

United Arab Emirates

17

1

0

18

0

United States of America

593

299

0

892

32

Year

Nationality

New Permits

Renewals

Group Permits

Issued

Refusals

Uruguay

1

0

0

1

0

Uzbekistan

2

0

0

2

4

USA

7

2

0

9

0

Venezuela

6

5

0

11

0

Vietnam

0

1

0

1

0

West Indies

1

1

0

2

0

Yugoslavia (Federal Republic of)

24

22

0

46

0

Zimbabwe

11

2

0

13

0

(Group Permits)

0

0

269

269

0

Total

4,333

1,660

269

6,262

278

Year

Nationality

NewPermits

Renewals

Group

Issued

Refused

1998

Algeria

36

12

0

48

5

Angola

5

0

0

5

0

Argentina

12

1

0

13

1

Armenia

1

3

0

4

0

Australia

222

90

0

312

15

Bahamas

1

0

0

1

0

Bahrain

4

1

0

5

0

Bangladesh

14

37

0

51

1

Barbados

9

2

0

11

1

Belarus

3

5

0

8

0

Bolivia

1

0

0

1

0

Bosnia

3

4

0

7

1

Botswana

3

0

0

3

0

Brazil

16

18

0

34

2

Brunei

18

2

0

20

0

Bulgaria

11

2

0

13

0

Burma

1

1

0

2

0

Cameroon

2

4

0

6

0

Canada

147

72

0

219

2

Chile

3

0

0

3

0

China

49

67

0

116

7

Colombia

3

3

0

6

0

Croatia

13

9

0

22

2

Cuba

14

2

0

16

0

Cyprus

2

2

0

4

0

Czech Republic

24

14

0

38

3

Ecuador

1

0

0

1

0

Egypt

28

20

0

48

1

Eritrea

0

1

0

1

0

Estonia

4

0

0

4

0

Ethiopia

4

2

0

6

0

Ghana

3

0

0

3

0

Guatemala

2

0

0

2

0

Guernsey, UK

1

0

0

1

0

Guinea Republic

1

0

0

1

0

Guyana

1

0

0

1

0

Hong Kong

60

89

0

149

7

Hungary

46

17

0

63

2

India

322

124

0

446

2

Indonesia

3

0

0

3

0

Iran

23

12

0

35

1

Iraq

19

12

0

31

0

Israel

68

7

0

75

0

Ivory Coast

3

1

0

4

0

Jamaica

2

3

0

5

0

Japan

107

141

0

248

9

Jordan

6

3

0

9

0

Kenya

10

8

0

18

0

Korea

2

19

0

21

0

Korea People's Republic

4

0

0

4

0

Korea (Republic of (South))

2

0

0

2

0

Kuwait

6

3

0

9

0

Latvia

3

1

0

4

0

Lebanon

10

3

0

13

0

Year

Nationality

NewPermits

Renewals

Group

Issued

Refused

Liberia

1

0

0

1

0

Libya

14

10

0

24

2

Lithuania

6

3

0

9

2

Macedonia

1

1

0

2

0

Madagascar

1

0

0

1

0

Malaysia

131

69

0

200

7

Malta

3

2

0

5

1

Mauritius

10

3

0

13

0

Mexico

17

13

0

30

2

Moldova

3

2

0

5

1

Morocco

14

3

0

17

5

Mozambique

1

0

0

1

0

Nepal

5

2

0

7

1

New Zealand

128

38

0

166

14

Nicaragua

1

0

0

1

0

Nigeria

33

15

0

48

3

Nigeria/USA

1

0

0

1

0

Oman

3

0

0

3

0

Pakistan

117

107

0

224

12

Palestine

7

4

0

11

1

Panama

1

0

0

1

0

Papua New Guinea

1

0

0

1

0

Peru

0

1

0

1

0

Philippines

38

25

0

63

5

Poland

68

22

0

90

4

Qatar

1

1

0

2

0

Romania

46

15

0

61

3

Russia

67

34

0

101

5

Russian Federation

0

3

0

3

0

Rwanda

1

0

0

1

0

Saudi Arabia

1

1

0

2

0

Senegal

1

0

0

1

0

Serbia

1

0

0

1

0

Seychelles

0

1

0

1

0

Sierra Leone

3

0

0

3

0

Singapore

23

11

0

34

1

Slovak Republic

10

9

0

19

1

Slovenia

7

6

0

13

1

Somalia

1

0

0

1

1

South Africa

124

54

0

178

9

South Korea

9

13

0

22

1

Sri Lanka

12

8

0

20

1

Sudan

21

10

0

31

0

Swaziland

2

0

0

2

0

Switzerland

123

49

0

172

2

Syria

6

3

0

9

0

Taiwan

0

1

0

1

0

Tanzania

4

4

0

8

0

Thailand

14

8

0

22

1

Tonga

1

0

0

1

0

Trinidad

13

8

0

21

0

Tunisia

8

0

0

8

1

Turkey

39

23

0

62

2

Turkey/Switzerland

1

0

0

1

0

Uganda

1

0

0

1

0

Ukraine

6

7

0

13

0

United States of America

14

2

0

16

0

Uruguay

0

2

0

2

0

USA/Australia

1

0

0

1

0

USA/Japan

1

0

0

1

0

USA/Switzerland

1

0

0

1

0

UAE

9

1

0

10

0

USA

985

441

0

1,426

26

USSR

3

10

0

13

0

Venezuela

11

2

0

13

1

Vietnam

0

3

0

3

1

Yugoslavia

33

19

0

52

0

Yugoslavia (Federal Republic of)

1

0

0

1

0

Zaire

2

0

0

2

0

Zambia

2

0

0

2

0

Zimbabwe

19

0

0

19

0

(Group Permits)

0

0

239

239

0

Total

3,591

1,886

239

5,716

179

Question No. 220 taken with Question No. 173.