Wednesday, 28 January 2004

Questions (93, 94)

Arthur Morgan

Question:

205 Mr. Morgan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if her attention has been drawn to instances where migrant workers have been charged for their work permit by unscrupulous agencies; if she will give the details of each case where this has occurred; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2386/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Enterprise)

Applications for work permits require the signatures of both the employer and the employee and immediately above the employer's signature, every application form contains a statement in bold as follows: I understand and accept that I may not charge an employee a fee for (a) a work permit and/or (b) solely for agreeing to seek employment for him/her. This policy is strictly enforced by the Work Permit Section of my Department.

No recent reports of agencies charging for work permits has been received and if the Deputy has any specific information, my Department will consider the matter further.

Olwyn Enright

Question:

206 Ms Enright asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the permits necessary to enable a US citizen on the second year of a visa to take up permanent and part time teaching positions in Ireland; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2387/04]

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An employer who wishes to employ a non-EEA national must apply to my Department for a work permit. In considering such applications cognisance is taken of the status of the prospective employeevis-à-vis the immigration authorities.