Thursday, 10 September 2020

Ceisteanna (54)

Jackie Cahill

Ceist:

54. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if a refund will issue for an employment permit (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23077/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Enterprise)

The Employment Permits Section of my Department inform me that on 1st November 2019 a General Employment Permit application was received in respect of the named person (details supplied). On 20th February 2020, a General Employment Permit issued in respect of the person concerned.

Under the Covid-19 Employment Permits Contingency Arrangements, published by my Department on 30th March 2020, a 100% refund may be granted in cases where an application is withdrawn in advance of a decision being taken on it. However, the current employment permits legislation does not provide for a refund after an employment permit has issued, such as in this instance.

The issue of refunds is being considered in the context of the development of the new Employment Permit (Consolidation and Amendment) Bill.

Further information in relation to the contingency arrangements introduced by Employment Permits Section in response to the pandemic can be accessed on my Department through the following link: https://dbei.gov.ie/en/Publications/COVID-19-Employment-Permits-System-Contingency-Arrangements.html.