Posted: May 15, 2023

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Ireland is a country known for its vibrant economy and strong job market, attracting professionals from around the world. To facilitate the hiring of highly skilled workers, the Irish government introduced the Critical Skills Employment Permit (CSEP) scheme. This article provides an overview for employers of CSEP in Ireland, including eligibility criteria, the application process and information for employees on immigration and applying for citizenship.

What is a Critical Skills Employment Permit?

The CSEP is a work permit issued by the Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment in Ireland. It is designed to attract highly skilled individuals from outside the European Economic Area to address skills shortages in the Irish labour market.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a CSEP, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Job Offer

  • Applicants must have a job offer from an employer who is registered with Revenue and the Companies Registration Office and is trading in Ireland.
  • The job must pay a minimum annual salary threshold, currently set at €32,000.
  • The job offer must be for a minimum of two years or more.
  • The job must be made and paid directly by the employer

Occupations

Qualifications and Experience

  • Applicants must possess the necessary qualifications, skills, and experience required for the job.
  • For eligible roles above €32,000, a degree/ higher qualification is required
  • For eligible roles above €64,000, a degree/ relevant experience is required

Application Process

Applications for the Critical Skills Employment Permit are made through the Employment Permits Section of the Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment. A fee is payable upon submission of the application and is paid by the applicant. The applicant can be the employer, the employee, a connected person or contractor, or an authorised agent. The current fee is €1,000. The processing time is generally within 8 weeks. If the application is refused, a specific reason will be given for the refusal of the application, which can be appealed within 28 days.

Details of the full application process are available here.

Immigration and Registration

Upon successful application, the employee may additionally be required to apply for a visa to enter Ireland, depending on whether the employee is from a country whose citizens require a visa to enter Ireland. The employee must also register with their local registration office and receive and Irish Residence Permit.

Under the Critical Skills Employment Permit, employees can bring their families to live in Ireland. If the employee is from a country whose citizens require a visa to enter Ireland, all family members must apply for separate visas. They must also register and receive an Irish Residence Permit. The employee’s spouse may apply for a Stamp 1G, which allows them the right to work without a permit.

Apply for a Stamp 4

After 2 years under the Critical Skills Employment Permit, employees can apply for Stamp 4 permission to live and work in Ireland. This is made through the Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment and are awarded on a 2-year basis. The Stamp 4 permit can be renewed further and employees can apply for citizenship by naturalisation after 5 years, provided they continue to satisfy the required criteria.

The Critical Skills Employment Permit scheme in Ireland plays a crucial role in attracting highly skilled professionals to fill the country’s skills gaps. By offering a streamlined application process, attractive benefits, and a pathway to long-term residency, the scheme provides opportunities for both individuals and employers alike. If you meet the eligibility criteria and have the skills that are in demand in Ireland, the Critical Skills Employment Permit can be your gateway to a rewarding career.