Highly Skilled Job Interview Authorisation – will come into force on 15 July 2013.
Unusual Working Scheme – it is expected that this Scheme will come into force on 2 September 2013. Detailed Guidelines will be put on the INIS website shortly.
Usual systems will stay in place until the appropriate dates for the coming into force of these initiatives.
The coming into force of new enterprises agreed by the Department of Justice and Equality (Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service – INIS) and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will cause changes in certain immigration methods . These enterprises and related changes will come into force in two phases as follows:
- Phase 1 – with effect from 10 April 2013:
Applying for an Employment Permit whilst already lawfully living in the State
Non-EEA nationals who are already lawfully living in the State and hold a valid Certificate of Registration (GNIB card) with Stamps 1, 1A, 2, 2A and 3 immigration permissions, if offered employment in a recognised very skilled shortage occupation (listed at www.djei.ie), may apply to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation for an Employment Permit. The judgement of ability, , work place shortages and suitability of the salary level will be decided by that Department.
If an application is successful, the person involved must go to the Garda National Immigration Bureau, on getting the Employment Permit, for a change of immigration permission.
- Phase 2 – with effect from 1 July 2013:
Very Skilled Job Interview
The Department of Justice and Equality (INIS) will give this Authorisation on a trial basis. It is expected that, depending on normal immigration requirements and procedures at the port of entry, permission to enter the State on a temporary basis will be given to non-EEA nationals who have been asked by an employer based in the State to attend an interview for employment in a recognised very skilled shortage occupation (listed at www.djei.ie)
Visa required nationals must be have a valid entry visa.
Successful interviewees may stay in the State while applying to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation for an Employment Permit and waiting for the result of the application. All applications for Employment Permits depend on conditions meeting the requirements as set out by that Department. Persons given an Employment Permit must then register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau.
More detailed information in relation to the conditions that will apply will be published on the websites of both Departments at the appropriate time .
Unusual Working Scheme
The Department of Justice and Equality (INIS), in agreement with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, will test this Scheme. It is expected that the Scheme will make possible , for example,
- persons employed in the State on a short term basis i.e. between 14 and 90 calendar days (inclusive);
- non-EEA nationals employed on a trial basis (not exceeding 90 days inclusive of date of entry to the State);
- other types of employment that may not be included by the Employment Permits Acts.
This Scheme does not apply to persons who get employment through the Very Skilled Job Interview Authorisation nor to persons who want to enter the State for business reasons of less than 14 days duration.More detailed information in relation to this Scheme and the conditions that will apply will be published on the websites of both Departments at the appropriate time..