• Aaron Flynn

COVID-19 Employment Permits System Contingency Arrangements - Ireland

Updated: Mar 31, 2020

The DBEI has issued a contingency plan to ensure that the Employment Permits system will continue to operate in all scenarios.


  • The DBEI has implemented remote working arrangements for staff;

  • Adjusted operations to provide for the acceptance of electronic/scanned documents for Reviews, Stamp 4 letters of support and Trusted Partner applications and will issue the outcomes of these via e-mail rather than through the post;

  • The DBEI has also agreed with Immigration Service Delivery, Department of Justice and Equality, as a temporary measure, soft copy arrangements for issuing employment permits;

  • The DBEI had been prioritising the processing of employment permit applications for medical personnel and these applications will continue to be prioritised. As of 30th March, all applications for medical personnel in the processing queue have been actioned and employment permit staff have recommenced processing all other typers of applications.

  • The DBEI indicate that they will be flexible in dealing with employment permit issues that arise for both employers and employees as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic;

  • Changes to applications will be facilitated, for example applicants may wish to change the employment contract start date, to continue to hold the application in the processing queue for processing at a later date or withdraw the application.

Detailed contingency strategies are contained in the Plan and are very welcome for employees and employers in these uncertain times.

If you have a query on any employment permit or immigration related matter as a result of COVID-19 please get in touch.

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