Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Questions (119)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

119. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the options open to a person (details supplied) in cases in which they have an employment permit which is due to expire in the short-term in view of the fact that persons with expired workplace permits are not permitted to work; the way in which a renewal can be facilitated in cases in which the person remains able to fulfil the conditions of issuance; the steps that are taken in cases in which the permit expires and they are no longer permitted to work past the valid date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25090/20]

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Written answers (Question to Enterprise)

In order to work in the State all non-EEA nationals require a valid employment permit or relevant immigration permission from the Minister for Justice and Equality which allows them to reside and work in the State without the requirement for an employment permit.

The Employment Permits Section of my Department inform me that on 4th September 2020 a Critical Skills Employment Permit issued in respect of the named person (details supplied). This permit is valid until 3rd September 2022.

Applications for employment permits, including renewals, 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/.

Employment Permits granted relate to employment permission only and at all times the permit holder is required to have current appropriate immigration permission from the Department of Justice and Equality to allow them undertake employment in the State. Any queries in relation to immigration permissions or visas fall within the remit of my colleague. Ms. Helen McEntee TD., Minister for Justice and Equality.