Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (304)

Catherine Murphy


304. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the way in which a person that meets the criteria of the critical skills list may gain a permission to become self-employed here in the context of work permits and self-employment (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37219/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

All applications for employment permits are processed in line with the Employment Permits Acts and associated Regulations.  The employment permit system is underpinned by the existence of an employer/employee relationship and the existence of a contract of employment between the parties.

The prospective employee or the employer can apply for a Critical Skills Employment Permit. The permit allows the prospective employee to be employed in the State by the named employer and in the occupation and location/s specified on the permit.  The Critical Skills Employment Permit is only issued in respect of a job offer of 2 years' duration.  After two years, CEASP holders can seek stamp 4 permission to reside and work in Ireland without an employment permit.

The employment permit system does not provide employment permission for applications from non-EEA nationals who wish to engage in self-employment, that is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Justice and Equality.