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Irish Work Requirements

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens

If you are from an EU member state or one of the countries of the EEA or Switzerland, you are entitled to come to work in Ireland. You do not need an employment permit and are entitled to have your dependants come to live with you. If your non-EEA spouse or civil partner is coming to live in Ireland with you, they must apply for permission to remain under EU Treaty Rights in order to have similar rights to live and work in Ireland.

In fact, if you are an EEA or Swiss national, you are entitled to be treated in the same way as Irish citizens when you apply for work in Ireland. You are free to apply for any job vacancy, including also jobs in the public sector. These include jobs in the Irish army and the Irish police force (An Garda Síochána), but not the Irish diplomatic service.

Non EU/EEA/Swiss citizens

In general, if you are from another country, then you need an Employment permit. Additionally, there are 9 different employment permits – further details can be found from Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation here.

Who does not need an employment permit?

There are following categories, for which applies no employment permit requirement in order to work legally in Ireland:

  • Citizens of the EEA member states and Switzerland, and their spouses, civil partners and dependants (regardless of their nationality) as already mentioned above
  • People, that have been granted refugee status in Ireland
  • People, that have been refused refugee status but have been given permission to remain on humanitarian grounds instead
  • People that have been given permission to remain because they are the spouse, civil partner or parent of an Irish citizen
  • Non-EEA nationals for carrying out scientific research for an approved research organisation
  • Postgraduate students where the work is an integral part of the course of study being undertaken
  • The Van der Elst process generally allows a non-EEA national, legally employed by a company in an EU country, in order to provide services on a temporary basis to a company in another EU country on behalf of his/her employer without the need to obtain an employment permit.

The Atypical Working Scheme allows eligible non-EEA nationals to do certain short-term contract work in Ireland.

Start Contracting in Ireland Guide:

Contracting in Ireland
Contracting in Ireland
 Capital  Dublin
 Population  Approx. 6.4 million
 Language  English, Irish
 Currency  1 Euro (EUR) = 100 cents
 Government  Republic