Work in Ireland: A guide to finding a Job in Ireland as a Foreigner

Are you ready to work abroad? In this article, we will show you how to travel to Ireland and get work.

Ireland is also facing a skills shortage in certain career industries. One of the best ways to get a job in Ireland as a foreigner is by looking at the industries with the most vacancies in the country.

The country has one of the highest standards of living in Europe and thanks to its well-connected geographical location and low corporation tax rates. 

An impressive number of multinational companies including  Apple. Facebook (Meta), Google, Microsoft, Ryanair, and many more have European headquarters in the country, providing a wealth of opportunities.

Experts with experience in the following fields will have a particular advantage when looking for a job:

  • Natural and Social Science (chemists, biologists, biochemists, physicists, and medical laboratory scientists);
  • Engineering;
  • Information and communications technology (ICT);
  • Health (medical practitioners, pharmacists, etc);
  • Health and Social Services (managers and directors);
  • Nursing and Midwifery;
  • Health Associate (prosthetists, orthotists);
  • Teaching and Education (academics with the equivalent of a doctoral degree);
  • Business, Research, and Administration;
  • Architecture (town planners and surveyors);
  • Quality and Regulatory;
  • Media (Art Director in 2D or 3D animation);
  • Artistic, Literary, and Media;
  • Design;
  • Sports and Fitness;
  • Sales, Marketing, and Related Associate.

Despite the necessity of visas and work permits, working in Ireland as a foreigner is more accessible than it is in other European countries. 

Work in Ireland

Like other countries in the European Union (EU), Ireland allows citizens of EU member nations to work without a special permit or visa.

There are several different types of permits for individuals from outside of Europe who are planning to stay in Ireland and legally work.

Here are a few that may be relevant to your employees:

  • Critical skills employment permit: This permit is available for employees who have a job offer or employment contract to work in Ireland in a role that pays a minimum of €64,000 per year, or a minimum of €32,000 per year if the job is a high-skill occupation in Ireland.
  • Spouse/partner/dependent permit: This Irish working visa may be obtained by the spouse, dependent (under 18 years old), civil partner, or recognized partner of an individual with a Critical Skills Employment Permit.
  • Reactivation permit: An employee may be eligible for a reactivation permit if they previously had a work visa in Ireland and left the program. There are a few other requirements as well, including an employment offer that isn’t a domestic setting job.
  • Working holiday visa: This Irish work permit is available for individuals traveling to Ireland for up to one year who plan to work during their stay. To be eligible, they must be between the ages of 18 and 30 and be a citizen of a select nation: New Zealand, Australia, the United States, Chile,  South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Japan.
  • Intra-company transfer permit: This visa applies to employees of multinational companies who are coming to a branch in Ireland. Eligibility depends on the employee’s salary and the length of their employment term.

Ireland Employment Permit Requirements

Ireland Employment Permit is the formal authorization from the Irish immigration authorities for non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals to work in Ireland.

The requirements you have to fulfill to be eligible for an Ireland Employment permit are:

  1. You must have either a work contract or job offer from an Irish company.
  2. Unless you are applying for a Critical Skills Employment Permit, your employer has to pass the Labour Markets Needs Test, which is used to ensure that the Irish employer could not find an Irish or EU/EEA/Swiss citizen instead who would be suited for the job.
  3. If you are applying for a Critical Skills Employment Permit your minimum annual salary must be at least €30,000 or €80,000, depending on the occupation.
  4. If you are applying for a General Employment Permit, your minimum annual salary must be at least €30,000.
  5. For any other type of Ireland work permit, the annual minimum salary must meet the National Minimum Wage.
  6. At least 50% of the employers in the Irish company that is hiring you must be EU/EEA/Swiss nationals.
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Ireland Employment permit document requirement

You also have to attach several documents to the online application system when applying for your Ireland work permit. The documents change depending on the permits you are applying for include

  1. A copy of your passport, which shows your picture, signature, and personal details.
  2. Passport-size picture in line with Ireland photo requirements
  3. A copy of the work contract signed by you and the employer.
  4. If you are a resident in Ireland at the time of application, a copy of your current immigration stamp.
  5. Details of a contact person: name, position in company, phone number and email address.
  6. Relevant Registration/Pin or License number of the company issued by the appropriate Irish Regulatory bodies or Government Ministers.
  7. Copy of the letter of support by IDA/Enterprise Ireland, if applicable.
  8. Details of your employer, such as company registration number, address, name, and relevant certificates from authorized bodies.
  9. Details of your employment, such as your salary, work responsibilities, duties, and duration.

Ireland Work Visa Exemption

You are exempt from an Ireland work permit (ie. you can work without an employment permit), if you fall under one of the following categories:

  1. You are an Ireland Student Visa holder.
    • International students can only work up to 20 hours a week during the school year, and full-time (40 hours) during the holidays.
  2. You are the foreign national spouse, civil partner or parent of an Irish citizen.
  3. You have received refugee status in Ireland.
  4. You have received permission to remain on humanitarian grounds.
  5. You are carrying out scientific research for an approved research organisation.
  6. You are a postgraduate student and employment is a required part of your course.

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Employment Permit Application Process

The Employment Permits Online System (EPOS) allows applicants for Employment Permits and Trusted Partner Registrations to apply, make payments and submit supporting documentation online.

The step-by-step User Guide (PDF, 1.9MB) available in the footer information of the EPOS system includes the documentary requirements for each application type.

Ireland Work Permit Fee 

Before the completion of the online application form, applicants are required to pay the Ireland work permit processing fee online via a credit or debit card. 

The fee for registering with immigration and getting an IRP is €300. If an application is refused or withdrawn, 90% of the fee will be refunded to the applicant.

You can read more about fees for employment permits on the DETE website

Ireland Employment Permit Processing Time

An application for any work permit must be received at least 13 weeks before the proposed employment start date.

Your employees should apply for a visa three months before traveling to Ireland. Before applying for a work visa, they must also apply and qualify to receive immigration permission to work in Ireland.

The application processing times are on the Department’s website. If your application is refused, you must be given the specific reasons it was refused. You can appeal this decision within 28 days, using the form to submit a decision for review.

Ireland Employment Visa Duration and Renewal

The Ireland work visa itself is only valid for a maximum of 90 days. However, the duration of the Ireland employment permits differs based on the specific permit.

Most employment permits are issued for 24 months initially, and can be renewed for up to five years, which is when you can apply for permanent residency in Ireland.

You can renew an Irish work permit through EPOS.

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How to Apply for a Job in Ireland as a Foreigner.

You can start applying for jobs in Ireland before heading to the country. While it isn’t essential for you to secure a job before arrival, researching, searching, and applying for jobs from your home country may give you a head start in the hunt for work.

Employees will need to fill out and submit the visa application online. They must then submit their passport and other identifying documents for processing. Details about where to send these documents will be available during the application process.

Upon approval, your employees will need to present their passport, employment contract, and other supporting documents to be allowed entry into Ireland. Finally, they must register with immigration and apply for permission to stay in Ireland.

Ireland Resume/CV Tips

Your CV should only contain your name and contacts details should be written at the top of the page, your most relevant information about your professional experience, your education, and skills in relation to the specific job you apply for. 

Focus on three specific parts of the CV – the personal profile, work experience, and include personal details in your CV. You should do your best to keep your CV under two pages.

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Ireland Interview Tips

No matter the job you are applying for, it is best to dress “business casual” when interviewing for a job. Women should opt for a nice blouse with an A-lined skirt or dress pants.

Men should wear nice slacks, a button-up shirt, and a tie. You do not need to worry about wearing neutral or dark colors. It is also best to arrive to the interview at least five minutes early.

Unlike countries like Sweden or Germany, Ireland does not have an uber-strict adherence to being on time, but it is always best to make a good first impression.

What is a Good Salary in Ireland?

Determining what a good salary is in Ireland depends on where you live. As you might expect, Dublin and its surrounding areas have the highest cost of living throughout the country.

To live comfortably in this capital, a family unit would need to earn nearly twice as much as Ireland’s average annual salary. A solo expat, on the other hand, can live relatively comfortably, but there will not be much room for saving.

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