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Eligibility and requirements for an employment permit

Information for applicants on eligibility and requirements for an employment permit.

Who needs an employment permit?

Information regarding those who require an employment permit to work in Ireland.

Immigration and employment permits 

General immigration policies and applying for an employment permit. 

Non-EEA spouses, civil partners and de facto partners of Irish/EEA nationals

Information on eligibility of non-EEA spouses, civil partners and de facto partners of Irish/EEA nationals.

Occupations Lists and the Standard Occupational Classification System

Clarification on the classification of employments for the purposes of employment permits.

Critical Skills Occupation List

Employment shortages in respect of qualifications, experience or skills required for the proper functioning of the economy.

Ineligible List of Occupations

Employments in respect of which an employment permit shall not be granted.

Critical Skills job interview authorisation

Information for non-EEA nationals who have been invited to enter the State for the purposes of attending a job interview.

Registration bodies for certain employments

Requirements for registration/recognition of certain employments with regulatory bodies or government ministers.

Employment agencies and agency workers

Information on eligibility for employment permits for employment agencies and agency workers. 

Labour Market Needs Test

Information on requirements for a Labour Market Needs Test. 


Important notice for non-EEA nurses on Clinical Adaptation Placements.


Arrangements for non-EEA doctors working in the State.

Restaurants or take-aways

Information regarding eligibility for employment permits in restaurants and take-aways.

Accountants whose qualifications are not recognised

Information note on accountants whose qualifications are not recognised by the nine regulatory bodies listed in the Employment Permit Regulations. 

Boners (Meat)

Information regarding employment permits for boners (meat). 

HGV drivers

Information regarding employment permits for HGV drivers. 

Carers in private homes

Employment permits policy in relation to applications in respect of carers.