Written answers

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Work Permits Eligibility

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats)
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304. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the way in which a person that meets the criteria of the critical skills list may gain a permission to become self-employed here in the context of work permits and self-employment (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37219/19]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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All applications for employment permits are processed in line with the Employment Permits Acts and associated Regulations.  The employment permit system is underpinned by the existence of an employer/employee relationship and the existence of a contract of employment between the parties.

The prospective employee or the employer can apply for a Critical Skills Employment Permit. The permit allows the prospective employee to be employed in the State by the named employer and in the occupation and location/s specified on the permit.  The Critical Skills Employment Permit is only issued in respect of a job offer of 2 years' duration.  After two years, CEASP holders can seek stamp 4 permission to reside and work in Ireland without an employment permit.

The employment permit system does not provide employment permission for applications from non-EEA nationals who wish to engage in self-employment, that is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Justice and Equality.


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