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Ireland

Whether your company is sending employees into Ireland or expanding outside of Ireland to destinations around the world—Fragomen is here to help. Our dedicated Ireland team based in our London office partner with you to develop immigration strategies that help you meet inbound immigration needs and manage your regional or global immigration program.

The Irish immigration system provides many solutions to help employers of foreign nationals. Requirements, processing times and benefits for accompanying family members vary depending on the type of work authorization.

The maximum allowable stay as a business visitor is 90 days per visit, for both visa and visa exempt foreign nationals. In practice, business visitors are often granted much shorter stays than this, typically in line with their return flight itinerary or their activities. At the discretion of the immigration authorities, business visitors may conduct work-related activities for up to 14 consecutive calendar days without obtaining work authorization in advance. Foreign nationals should use this concession no more than three times a year, with several months' gap between each trip.

One common type of work authorization is the Atypical Working Scheme (AWS), for short-term work assignments lasting no longer than 90 consecutive calendar days. The authorities may grant concessionary requests beyond 90 days on a case-by-case basis.

The Intra-company Transfer (ICT) Employment Permit allows multi-national companies to transfer senior managers, key personnel or trainees from a branch outside of Ireland to a related entity in Ireland to perform a specific role for up to five years total. Trainees' assignments cannot last longer than one year.

The Critical Skills Employment Permit (CSEP; formerly 'Green Card Permit') is for foreign nationals hired locally under a contract that lasts at least two years. Specific salary, educational and job category requirements apply, depending on the foreign national’s annual remuneration.

The General Employment Permit (GEP; formerly 'Work Permit') is for foreign nationals hired locally that do not fall under the CSEP route.

Note that EU/EEA/Swiss nationals do not require work authorization to work in Ireland. If their assignment type triggers the EU Posted Workers regulations, a notification will have to be made to the authorities before they start working in Ireland.

Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.

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