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Changes to Critical Skills Employment Permits and Ineligible Lists of Occupations and amendments

The Employment Permits (Amendment) (NO. 3) Regulations 2019, Statutory Instrument No. 633 of 2019, introduced the following changes as of January 1st, 2020:



Levels of Remuneration for Critical Skills Employment Permits

In order to reach the eligibility criteria to apply for a Critical Skills Employment Permit, the position on offer must be listed on the Critical Skills Occupations List and the foreign national must have at least a relevant 3rd level degree qualification where the minimum annual remuneration is between €32,000 and €63,999.


Where the position is not listed on the Critical Skills Occupations List or on the Ineligible List of Occupations or where the position is listed on the Critical Skills Occupations List and the foreign national does not have a relevant 3rd Level Degree qualification, the minimum annual remuneration required to be eligible for a Critical Skills Employment is at least €64,000.



Revised Critical Skills and Ineligible Occupations

Inclusions to the Critical Skills Occupations List – Following a comprehensive consultation process, a revised Critical Skills Occupations List was published. The following occupations have been included to the list:

  • Site Manager

  • Structural / Site Engineer

  • Mechanical Engineers (without specialist skills)

  • Electrical Engineers (without specialist skills)

  • Setting Out Engineer

  • Façade Designer

  • Architect

  • Architectural Technologists

The Critical Skills Occupations List can be found here: Critical Skills Occupations List


Ineligible Occupations – As part of the consultation process, a revised list of ineligible roles was published. The following occupations were removed from the Ineligible List:

  • Commis Chef (with two years’ experience)

  • Construction Safety Manager

  • Civil and Structural Engineering Technicians

  • Architectural Technician

  • Draughtspersons

  • Construction Safety Officers

  • Foreman

This Ineligible List of Occupations for Employment Permits can be found here: Ineligible List of Occupations for Employment Permits



Labour Market Needs Test

Any employment permit application where a Labour Market Needs Test is required MUST have published a EURES ad for at least 28 days BEFORE a valid application can be submitted. Further information on the Labour Market Needs Test is available at the following link: Labour Market Needs Test



Sector Specific Changes

  • Health – Nurses registered with the NMBI and who have achieved a Diploma level qualification can now apply for a Critical Skill Employment Permit.

  • Catering – The quota of Employment Permits applying to all roles of eligible Chef grades is now removed and the limit on the number of Employment Permits that may be in force in one establishment for all roles of eligible Chef grades has also been removed.

  • Transport – Quota on the number of Employment Permits issued to the role of Heavy Goods Vehicle drivers has been increased by 200.

  • Food Manufacturing – Quota on the number of Employment Permits issued to the role of Meat processing Operative has been increased by 1000.


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