Thursday, 11 March 2004

Questions (16)

Joe Costello

Question:

16 Mr. Costello asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment when the new rules announced by her on 18 February 2004 in regard to the new arrangements for spouses of skilled non-EEA nationals will come into operation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8062/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Enterprise)

My Department, together with other Departments and agencies, is finalising the operational details for implementation of this recently announced initiative in this area. The Department is concerned to ensure the easy identification of the eligible spouses in order to facilitate their employment without undue formalities. I expect that the operational details will be finalised in a matter of weeks.