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Submitting an employment permit in Ireland? You need to be aware of these changes coming into place

There are two main changes coming into place from the 1st January 2020.

  • Changes to the remuneration threshold for a Critical Skills Employment Permit;

  • The advertising period requirement of the Labour Market Needs Test.

These changes are being introduced to give effect to recommendations from the Review of Economic Migration Policy (2018)


Labour Market Needs Test


The duration of the Labour Market Needs Test (LMNT) for the General Employment Permit and the Contract for Services Employment Permit will increase from 2 to 4 weeks.


For applications subject to the Labour Market Needs Test submitted up to and including 31st December 2019, there is no change to the Labour Market Needs Test. Vacancies for applications submitted up to 31st December 2019 must be advertised on the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection/Employment Services/EURES website for a period 14 days (2 weeks) prior to submission. 


Employment permit applications subject to the Labour Market Needs Test submitted on or after 1st January 2020 must ensure that the vacancy is advertised on the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection/Employment Services/EURES website for a period of 28 days (4 weeks) prior to submission.


Critical Skills Employment Permit


For occupations on the Critical Skills Occupations List (third level degree required), the minimum remuneration threshold will increase from €30,000 to €32,000 per annum.


For occupations that are eligible for an employment permit (not on the Ineligible Occupations List) and with the necessary experience, the minimum remuneration threshold will increase from €60,000 to €64,000.


For applications for Critical Skills Employment Permits submitted up to and including 31st December 2019, there is no change to the minimum remuneration thresholds - the minimum remuneration thresholds of €30,000 and €60,000 will still apply as appropriate. 




 
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