Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Ceisteanna (134)

Seán Haughey


134. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to ensure that overseas general nurses who are diploma holders working here can receive critical work permits in the normal way; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37802/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

The critical skills employment permit is designed to attract highly skilled people into the labour market. Eligible occupations, on the critical skills occupation list, under this type of permit are deemed to be critically important to growing Ireland's economy, are highly demanded and highly skilled and in significant shortage of supply in our labour market. For this employment type non-EEA nationals must be the holder of a degree level qualification or higher in the relevant field if the remuneration on offer is between €30,000 and €60,000 per annum. In cases where the remuneration is €60,000 or more the non-EEA national can be either the holder of a degree level qualification or higher in the relevant field or have the necessary experience for the role. 

Qualified non-EEA nurses who wish to work in Ireland are eligible for critical skills employment permits where they have been awarded a relevant degree or degree equivalent and the proposed employment meets the criteria for this type of employment permit.  Where a non-EEA nurse is qualified to practice nursing in Ireland but does not hold a relevant degree, they may be eligible for a General Employment Permit in order to work here.

The determination of qualification equivalence is made by NARIQ Ireland; information is available at

Non-EEA nurses who wish to work in Ireland must normally complete an adaptation process in order to register with the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).  Permission to be in the State to undertake this process is granted by the Department of Justice and Equality.