Significant changes to immigration rules welcomed


Spouses and partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit Holders will now be able to access employment in Ireland without an employment permit. This significant and welcome change to immigration arrangements aims to streamline existing processes and result in a more attractive offering for both international talent and employers wishing to invest in Ireland.


At a time when Ireland is competing globally for skills across knowledge economies it is essential that we are not only ensuring that we have an agile, future focused domestic workforce, but that we also attract highly skilled talent from other countries for hard to fill roles.


The Critical Skills Employment Permit supports employers to recruit talent into “highly-skilled” roles from outside the Irish and EEA labour pool. It is designed to attract highly skilled people and encourage them to remain in Ireland. The occupations that are eligible under this permit are deemed critically important to Ireland’s economic growth and development; are in significant demand; and are in short supply in the labour market. This includes various ICT, Engineering and Technologist roles.


This new change to the immigration arrangements will remove an administrative burden that may have acted as a disincentive to the attraction and retention of highly skilled talent in Ireland.


To read the full press release from the Department of Justice and Equality, click here.

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