Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (283)

Jim Daly


283. Deputy Jim Daly asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the position regarding a work permit in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12655/13]

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Written answers (Question to Jobs)

Two work permit applications were received by my Department in 2011 and 2012 in respect of the person named by the Deputy, both of which were refused. A request for a review in each case resulted in the refusal decisions being upheld.

In relation to the earlier two applications in respect of this person that were refused in 2011 and 2012 both of these were refused on the basis that new Employment Permit applications are normally only considered where it is established that a minimum salary of €30,000 per annum is on offer based on a 39 hour week and where the position on offer is one of the occupations currently eligible for a new employment permit. The annual salary and the nature of employment that formed the basis of both applications did not fall within these guidelines. In addition to this it appeared from the information submitted with the first employment permit application that the proposed employee had already worked in the company without having a valid Employment Permit.

A further application was received in respect of this person on 24 January 2013 which was returned to the applicant as the application form was incomplete and all of the required documentation was not submitted. This application was resubmitted on 6 February 2013. This application was also returned to the applicant as it was still not accompanied by all of the required supporting documentation, in particular the most recent Revenue form P30 confirming the company’s registration as an employer. When the required supporting documentation in respect of this application has been received in my Department the matter will be given further consideration.