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Update -Employment Permit Quotas Horticulture Workers, Dairy Farm Assistants & Meat Processing

The DBEI have today announced that the quotas for certain permits are nearing the maximum allowed or are already exhausted. Read on for details.



Horticulture Workers


The Employment Permits (Amendment) Regulations 2018, Statutory Instrument No. 163 of 2018, set a maximum quota of 500 General Employment Permits for Horticulture Workers.


The DBEI state that this quota has now been filled and that applications remaining in the processing queue will be rejected.



Dairy Farm Assistants

The Employment Permits (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2019, Statutory Instrument No.333 of 2019, set a maximum quota of 101 General Employment Permits for Dairy Farm Assistants


This quota has almost been filled and when the quota has been filled applications remaining in the processing queue will be rejected.


Meat Processing Operatives


The Employment Permits (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2018, Statutory Instrument No. 163 of 2018, set a maximum quota of 1,500 General Employment Permits for Meat Processing Operatives, and the quota increased by 1,000 on 1 January 2020.


This quota has almost been filled and again when the quota has been filled applications remaining in the processing queue will be rejected.


Deboners


The Employment Permits Regulations 2017, Statutory Instrument No. 333 of 2019, set a maximum quota of 300 General Employment Permits for Meat Deboners.


There are a limited number of Employment Permits available before the quota is filled. When the quota has been filled applications remaining in the processing queue will be rejected.


Analysis


I have been receiving numerous queries on these quota driven employment permits in recent months as many companies and workers sought to regularise their employment. Unfortunately many workers and companies will now lose out having not progressed their employment permit plans quickly enough. Employment permit applications require detailed assessment and clarity on documents and information and can be progressed rapidly for committed companies and employees. I have extensive experience in this area having filed and overseen the filing of 1000s of permits for small and medium businesses; global multinationals and employee applicants. As many employees will now need to consider their immigration position this will require detailed analysis by a solicitor to advise on their options.


Please contact me if you have any employment permit queries or as a result of exhausted quotas will need immigration legal advice.

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