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Ireland introduces Critical Skills program to attract foreign talent 

Ireland has introduced the Critical Skills Employment Permit program, which is meant to attract skilled workers globally to curb the escalating labour shortage. 

Naijaonpoint learnt that this program is different from typical work permits and aims to attract and keep highly skilled experts in sectors where they are urgently needed. 

The Critical Skills Employment Permit is for skilled workers who are qualified in professions where there is a shortage of skills in Ireland, and it focuses on processing applications from candidates whose skills are crucial to filling gaps in the Irish labour market. 

To determine which professions are needed, applicants need to check with The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE) Critical Skills Occupation List. 

The program also facilitates a streamlined work permit process, forgoes language proficiency tests, and accommodates the families of the workers moving to Ireland. 

 

This program provides immediate work permits without the need for an IELTS examination. 

Additionally, Ireland presents a hospitable and family-oriented setting, allowing foreign workers and their families to integrate seamlessly and appreciate the nation’s scenic landscapes. 

There are various benefits of the program which are: 

The Critical Skills Employment Permit is attractive for a number of reasons: 

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment examines a number of criteria when assessing Critical Skills Employment Permit applications including a job offer from a bona-fide employer based and trading in Ireland and who is registered with the Revenue Commissioners and, where applicable, the Companies Registration Office/Register of Friendly Societies. 

The eligibility for a Critical Skills Employment Permit is largely determined by the type of occupation, and proposed remuneration level. 

The following are eligible: 

 

An application for any employment permit must be received at least 12 weeks before the proposed employment start date. 

The application for a Critical Skills Employment Permit can be made online on the Employment Permits Online System (EPOS). There is a User Guide (PDF document) available on the online system which guides the applicant through the process and details the documentary requirements for each employment permit type. 

The application for a Critical Skills Employment Permit can be made online on the Employment Permits Online System (EPOS). There is a User Guide (PDF document) available on the online system which guides the applicant through the process and details the documentary requirements for each employment permit type. 

Before you start your application, the Critical Skills Employment Permit Checklist (PDF, 325KB) can be checked to assist in the process. 

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