Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Questions (186)

Bernard Durkan


186. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if the processing of work permits in the case of a person (details supplied) will be facilitated in respect of a firm; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22447/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

I understand that the Deputy has been in email contact with officials in the Employment Permit Section of my Department and that the issue for this company centres on the granting of Intra-Company transfer permits. Based on the information provided by the Deputy in relation to this company, there should be no barrier to the granting of these permits.

I also understand that the company has Trusted Partner status with the Department for the purpose of applying for Employment Permits, which eases the administrative burden on companies and which ensures a faster turnaround time for the processing and issuing of permits. Current processing times for Trusted Partner applications is 3 weeks.

My Department’s website sets out in some detail the process for applying for an Employment Permit or Trusted Partner status, including a very comprehensive and easily accessed Frequently Asked Questions document. In addition, the Employment Permits Section has a dedicated email address, with a 24 hour turnaround, for any questions an employer may have about the system.

Nonetheless, I have asked that an official from the Employment Permits Section of my Department contact the company concerned to provide clarification in relation to the various specific queries they have raised.