Thursday, 11 April 2019

Ceisteanna (106)

Bernard Durkan


106. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if an application for a work permit will be reconsidered in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17157/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

The Employment Permits Section of my Department inform me that the named individual applied for a General Employment Permit on 9th January 2019. On 1st April 2019, this application was refused for the following reasons:

- Failure to carry out a Labour Market Needs Test which is a requirement for this permit type as the job on offer is not listed on the Critical Skills Occupation List (previously known as Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List);

- The applicant did not provide the required Revenue documentation;

- Photograph provided was not the same size and form as a passport photograph; and

- Failure to provide a copy of a signed declaration by the prospective employer stating that it will ensure the prospective employee has access to suitable accommodation and training (including language training).

In addition to being informed of the decision to refuse this application and being provided with the reasons for this decision, the applicant was also informed that she had twenty-eight days to request a review of this decision. My officials inform me that, to-date, no such request has been received.

A refusal to grant an employment permit does not preclude an applicant from submitting another application for an employment permit. Such an application should comply with all of the legislative requirements for the particular employment permit type.

In order to assist with the application process, the Department has produced a suite of information including details on how to carry out the Labour Market Needs Test and a "Checklist document for Horticultural Workers, Meat Processing Operatives and Dairy Farm Assistants" which, if followed, should result in the granting of an employment permit.  This information can be found in the Employment Permits section of my Department’s website at