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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (112)

Gary Gannon

Question:

112. Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the options open to persons 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 as in the case of a person (details supplied); if the renewal will be expedited given their employer is experiencing a staff shortage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [62006/21]

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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.

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. In order for a renewal application to be considered, it must be submitted to my Department no earlier than four months before the permit is due to expire or within one month of the permit expiry date. An employment permit holder may continue to work whilst their renewal application is being processed. 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 - dbei.gov.ie/en/What-We-Do/Workplace-and-Skills/Employment-Permits/.

The Employment Permits Section of my Department inform me that on 13th October 2021 a renewal application for a General Employment Permit was received in respect of the named person. As the renewal application was received within the prescribed timeframe for renewals set out in the employment permits legislation, the individual concerned can continue to work in her employment while waiting for the renewal application submitted on her behalf to be processed.

Applications for employment permits are processed in date order, Employment Permits Section are currently processing standard applications received on 17th August 2021. Applicants can keep track of Employment Permit applications current processing dates at enterprise.gov.ie/en/What-We-Do/Workplace-and-Skills/Employment-Permits/Current-Application-Processing-Dates.

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