Employment Permit

Working in Europe | Work permit | Ireland

In order to work in Ireland a non-EEA National, unless they are exempted, must hold a valid Employment Permit. If you are a researcher who is planning on working in an Irish research institution, you may be eligible to participate in the Hosting Agreement Scheme.

This key service is of huge benefit to non-EEA 
(European Economic Area) researchers on contracts and their employers. By availing of a Hosting Agreement, entry visas are fast tracked 
and researchers can work in Ireland without recourse to the usual work permit.. This scheme also allows the researcher’s
 immediate family to live in Ireland for the duration of the agreement and entitles their spouse and dependents to apply for a work permit 
allowing greater ease of access to employment in Ireland.

However, if you are not eligible for the Hosting Agreement Scheme, please vist the Employment Permit Scheme in Ireland.

If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA (European Economic Area) nation, with the exception of Bulgaria and Romania, or a Swiss national, you do not require a permit to work or study in Ireland. Please see here for more information about work permits.

If you are not from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, Ireland obliges you to fulfil a number of conditions to seek permission to work or study in Ireland.


What else do I need to work in Ireland?


FÁS is the national training and employment authority. For more information you should check out their website or call in to your local FÁS office.

If you have stamp 1 and have been made redundant you can register with FÁS otherwise FÁS will only register people who have stamp 4.

You can also contact your Local Employment Service (LES).

You can check local and national newspapers: The Irish Times and The Irish Examiner (job supplement on Fridays), The Irish Independent (job supplement on Thursdays), The Sunday Independent and The Evening Herald.

Use personal contacts, for example, relatives or friends who may know of current vacancies.

You can also check the internet for details of current vacancies – here is a sample of some websites for job-seekers: