Ireland Grant Work Permits to Nigerians and Other Foreign Workers.
The Irish government has unveiled a strategy to attract skilled workers, including Nigerians, by offering work permits. The initiative, known as the ‘Critical Skills Employment Permit,’ is aimed at individuals with vital skills required for various sectors in Ireland.
The scheme applies to countries outside the European Economic Area, encompassing the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland. Ireland is targeting shortages in sectors such as production management, ICT, health and social services management, natural and social sciences, engineering, information technology, and telecommunications.
Health workers, teaching professionals, business and administrative professionals, architects, artistic and media professionals, design, sports and fitness, as well as sales and marketing roles, are also included in the program.
Eligibility for the Critical Skills Employment Permit requires an interested participant to secure a job lasting two years or more from a registered company in Ireland. The job offer must come with a minimum annual salary of €32,000 for occupations on the Critical Skills Occupation List, or €64,000 for those not on the list.
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The permit must be obtained before entering Ireland, and applicants may need to apply for a visa. Qualified individuals are required to register and obtain an Irish Residence Permit upon arrival.
Labor market needs tests are not mandatory for this permit, eliminating the need for job advertising. The application can be submitted by the employer, employee, a connected person or contractor, or an authorized agent, with a fee of €1,000.
Rejected applications are justified, and an appeal process is available within 28 days. Successful applicants residing outside Ireland must apply for a visa and register with the local immigration office upon entry, incurring a €300 fee.
The program also allows skilled workers to bring their families to live with them in Ireland. Family members may need separate visas or proof of their relationship with the permit holder, depending on their country of origin.
The Critical Skills Employment Permit is issued for two years, after which skilled workers can apply for a Stamp 4 permission to reside and work in Ireland without an employment permit. Citizenship by naturalization becomes an option after legally residing in Ireland for five years. If not eligible for Stamp 4, candidates may be issued with a Stamp 1, requiring continued employment permits.
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Ireland Grant Work Permits to Nigerians.
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