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Employment Permit Holder's Redundancy, Temporary Layoff and Reduced Hours as a Result of COVID-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused many disruptions to the labor market in Ireland in the past year. Many industries such as retail, hospitality and constructions were closed for many months. An increasing number of critical skills employment permit holders and general employment permit holders are being temporarily laid off, having their work hours reduced, or being made redundant as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are worried that these changes may affect their employment permit renewals, as they are required to comply with the various requirements on their Permit regarding working hours and pay. So what should you do?

In the event of a temporary layoff or reduced hours, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE) has advised that you should be notified them, ideally in advanceof these changes. If this hasn't been done, it is often better to make such a notification sooner than not notifying them at all. You may write to their email at

The Department will then make a note of it on your permit file, and when the time comes to either renew your permit or apply for a Stamp 4 support letter, the DETE will take this into consideration.

In the event of redundancy for an employment permit holder, it is vitally important that you notify the Department of this within four weeks of the date of the redundancy using the special Redundancy Form. Afterwards, you may apply for a new employment permit with a new employer.

If you are an employment permit holder and you have been affected by temporary lay off, reduced hours, or be redundancy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, please feel free to call us today at +353 872400433 or email We will advise you on the best way to handle your particular set of circumstances.


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