Ireland has a list of critical skills with categories that need to be filled. Foreign nationals are encouraged to apply to work in Ireland through one of the categories, which include health care, IT, and hospitality.
The critical skills Employment Visa aims to attract highly qualified and experienced people to Ireland to fill positions within each category, perhaps with an eye to immigrate permanently.
The Visa/Permit is initially issued for two years, after which you can apply for a Stamp 4, which gives you permission to live and work in Ireland without an employment visa/permit.
Employment requirements specific to the Ireland Critical Skills Employment Visa include the following:
- Professions with a minimum annual income of €32,000 must have a minimum level of education (preferably a university degree or college diploma), depending on the profession.
- Professions that earn more than €64,000 per year without a tertiary education must have a minimum level of experience.
- The prospective employee must have an employment contract for two years related to the eligibility of the profession for the future employer.
- The prospective employee must possess the relevant qualifications, skills, and experience that are required for employment.
- Over 50% of the workforce in the company or organisation must be EU citizens.
Forms and documents for the visa include the following:
- Two colour passport-sized photos
- Current passport
- Copies of all previous passports
- A signed application letter
- Employment Permit from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
- Employment contract
- Letter from the employer in Ireland
- Evidence of qualifications
- Proof of sufficient finances
- Medical or travel insurance
- Previous visa refusals
- Proof that you can perform a critical skill, for example, education and/or experience.