Ireland Working Visa, No Agent, Direct Hiring

The Republic of Ireland has strict requirements for individuals outside of the EU and EEA countries. Work visas will only be granted for high-skill work or employment where there is a shortage of skills in the Republic of Ireland. An employment contract or job offer is also required before employees can apply for a work permit.

As of July 2023, healthcare assistants can renew their General Employment Permits more easily. Workers possessing qualifications equivalent to a Level 5 QQI qualification no longer need to specifically hold a Level 5 QQI to apply for renewal.

Application process

Employees should apply for a visa 3 months before traveling to the Republic of Ireland. Before applying for a work visa, they must also apply and qualify to receive immigration permission to work in the Republic of Ireland.

Employees will need to fill out and submit the visa application online. They must then submit their passport and other identifying documents for processing. Details about where to send these documents are explained during the application process.

Upon approval, employees will need to present their passport, employment contract, and other supporting documents to be allowed entry into the Republic of Ireland. Finally, they must register with immigration and apply for permission to stay in the country.

Employment Permits Dairy Farm Assistants

If a Non-EEA national wishes to work in Ireland, they must have an employment permit unless they are in the minor exceptions category.

The Department of Enterprise and Trade manages Irelands work permits system.

Industry representative bodies can make submissions to the government each year regarding skill shortages and labour needs per industry.

It has been announced on the 16th of December 2022 by the Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail that a quota of a further 500 General Employment Permits for Dairy Farm Assistants.

Such work permits, if granted, have a timeframe of 2 years.

A minimum annual salary requirement of €30,000 for a full time role on 39 hours a week is required.

General Employment Permits

Applications are made to the Employment Permits Section, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Earlsfort Centre, Lower Hatch Street, Dublin 2, D02 PW0.

You can apply via the EPOS online platform at

The Departments application processing fees are €500 for a work permit up to 6 months and then €1,000 for a work permit between 6 months to 24 months. If the application is denied, then 90% of the Departments fee can be returned.

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