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A work permit is an employment permit for Ireland which entitles a non-EU citizen to work legally in Ireland for an employer in a specific occupation. It is issued initially for two years and can be renewed for a further three years, at which stage the work permit can be renewed indefinitely.

The standard processing time for an Ireland Work Permit is 6-8 weeks, however our team has organised them in just 3-4 weeks.

To apply for an Ireland Work Permit you must prove that you cannot find a suitable candidate from the EU to fill this vacancy. This is done by advertising the role with DSP employment Services and in a national newspaper for at least three days. Visa First will do this on your behalf once we have the job specification and we will include this evidence in your application.

Yes. Generally the employee must be earning a basic salary of €30,000. In exceptional circumstances, work permits may also be considered where the remuneration is less than 30,000 from eligible non–EEA graduates and from applicants with a fluency in a non-EEA language, to companies with formal support from the State enterprise development agencies.

We must be able to demonstrate that he/she has the relevant skills, experience and/or qualifications needed to fill the position. This is generally done by showing references from previous employers or evidenced qualifications.

Yes, your spouse can apply for a spousal work permit after you have held your work permit for 12 months. If your spouse is outside Ireland they may need to apply for an entry visa from your local embassy (depending on their nationality), once the work permit has been processed. Your spouse must also register in the Garda Registration Office in Burgh Quay, Dublin if you will be living in Dublin. If you will be living outside Dublin, then you and your spouse must register with the Garda Superintendent in that district

Visa First is the only company with an online visa status engine through which you can check the status of your Ireland Work Visa application 24/7. Check your visa status here.

Work Permit applications will not be considered for the following occupations:

  • All clerical and administrative positions
  • All general operatives/labourers
  • All operator and production staff
  • In the category 'Sales Staff'
  • All retail sales vacancies, sales representatives, supervisory/ specialist sales
  • In the category Transport Staff: All drivers (excluding HGV)
  • In the category Childcare Workers: Nursery/ Crèche Workers, Child Minder/ Nanny
  • In the category Hotel Tourism and Catering: All staff except chefs
  • In the category Craft Workers and Apprentice/Trainee Craft Workers: Bookbinder, Bricklayer, Cabinet Maker, Carpenter / Joiner, Carton Maker, Fitter - Construction Plant, Electrician, Instrumentation Craftsperson, Fitter, Tiler - Floor / Wall, Mechanic - Heavy Vehicles, Instrumentation Craftsperson, Metal Fabricator, Mechanic - Motor, Originator, Painter and Decorator, Plumber, Printer, Engineer - Refrigeration, Sheet Metal Worker, Tool Maker, Vehicle Body Repairer, Machinist – Wood, Plasterers and Welders.

Yes, you can, as long as you do not reside in that country on a holiday visa.

At Visa First we do everything we can to make sure you receive the best possible service. If you feel that we have not achieved this goal we have set up a complaints handling process:

Complaints Process:
  1. Where an official complaint is received by Visa First, the company will record the nature of the complaint and issue an acknowledgement email to the client within 5 business days of receiving the complaint. The acknowledgement will provide the client with the contact name who is responsible for dealing with the complaint. The official complaint must be made by email (you may also write, although this will slow down the process), and confirm that the client wishes to enter this process. Please email your complaint to complaints@visafirst.com
  2. Visa First will investigate the complaint as swiftly as possible and where applicable, the complainant will receive a regular written update on the progress of the investigation at intervals of not more than 20 business days.
  3. Visa First will try to resolve the complaint within 40 business days of having received the complaint. If the complaint cannot be resolved within 40 business days, the Firm will write to the complainant notifying them of the anticipated timeframe for the conclusion of the investigation.
  4. Within 5 business days of the conclusion of the investigation of the complaint, Visa First will issue a resolution letter detailing the outcome of the investigation. This letter will include, if applicable, an explanation of the terms of any offer that the company is prepared to make in settlement of the complaint.

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