Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Questions (310)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

310. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the extent to which she can assist companies and sole traders seeking to employ persons from outside the EU; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50414/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation administers the Employment Permits legislation and criteria for the granting of employment permit permissions to work in the State. The employment of all non-EEA nationals in the State is governed by the Employment Permits Acts 2003 – 2014 which provide for the grant of different types of employment permits for different employment scenarios. Employment permits are granted to allow non-EEA nationals to take up a specific employment. A non-EEA national who is in the State on the basis of another type of permission granted by the Minister for Justice and Equality (for example, as a student) may also be eligible to apply for an employment permit to fill a specific vacancy.

Applications for employment permits may be submitted online via the Employment Permits Online System which also provides intuitive advice and information on the eligibility requirements and relevant criteria. A suite of information is also provided on my Department’s website with advice on the different types of permits, remuneration and other eligibility criteria, employer checklists and an FAQ document which answers the majority of the most common questions, all of which are available through this link - https://dbei.gov.ie/en/What-We-Do/Workplace-and-Skills/Employment-Permits/.