Applying for an Employment Visa in Ireland
The Employment Visa is a general work permit which allows skilled workers from outside the EEA and Switzerland to take up employment in Ireland. Applicants must first apply for and receive immigration permission to work in Ireland before they apply for their Visa. Permission will only be granted where work is skilled or there is a skill shortage in Ireland. Once permission is granted applicants must then apply for a long stay Employment Visa, also known as a ‘D Visa’.
Applicants should apply 3 months prior to travelling as a decision can take up to 8 weeks to be finalised. An application can be made by either an employee or employer and, if successful, the applicant will be granted a Visa for an initial period of two years.
Documents Required for Employment Visa
Applicants must provide a valid passport together with two additional passport photographs, a signed letter of application including full contact details and an undertaking that you will observe the conditions of your Visa and not become a burden on the state upon expiry of your Visa. An Employment Permit from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will also be required along with a letter from your employer to include details of the job you are starting and the salary to be paid.
You may also be asked to provide bank statements to prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself. All documents should be submitted in either English or Irish.
How we can Help
This can be a difficult area to navigate and there are a lot of requirements that must be complied with in order to successfully obtain an Employment Visa. Our expert Immigration Solicitors can complete an application on behalf of both prospective employers and employees and will keep you informed of the progress throughout.