What has changed
Currently, the processing time for employment permits has increased from six (6) weeks to eight (8) weeks. The additional processing time is due mainly to an increase in the number of employment permit applications being submitted.
Additionally, the visa office has implemented a new restriction on spouses and dependents registering for Multiple Entry Visas in Ireland. The visa office will no longer accept any applications for Multiple Entry Visas where the spouse and dependents have not been residing for more than four (4) weeks. Previously, there were no restrictions on when the multiple entry visa could be obtained, once the spouse and dependents had arrived in Ireland and obtained their GNIB cards they could apply.
Who is affected?
What to expect
- All companies with employees that require registration, those with upcoming employment in Ireland, and those currently in Ireland with upcoming renewals
Employment Permit Processing Time
In addition to the increase in employment permit applications being submitted to the DJEI (Department of Jobs, Educations, and Innovation), there are other factors that have contributed to the longer processing times. The introduction of new immigration changes by the DJEI has required extra training and processes to be introduced internally. On top of that, the Trusted Partner scheme has taken off and as more companies have registered for this process, the authorities are giving these applications priority.
For companies submitting on standard application forms (not under the Trusted Partner scheme), delays in the processing time of the employment permit will have an impact on start dates and relocation dates of new employees.
Multiple Entry Visa for Dependents
Spouses and dependents who are visa nationals requiring a Multiple entry cannot travel for the first four (4) weeks after arrival. There are no changes to the principal worker, who can still apply for the Multiple entry visa once they have obtained their GNIB card.
Long Wait Time at the GNIB Office in Dublin
Please note: the GNIB office in Burgh Quay, Dublin is extremely busy this time of year and those visiting the office can expect long lines. GNIB registration (both first time and renewals) for those living in Dublin must be completed at the main office in Burgh Quay. It is not possible for those residing in Dublin to register elsewhere.
Assignees who have arrived in Dublin in early September or are due to arrive shortly, are requested to check the immigration stamp in their passport (this will have a date by which the employee must attend the GNIB office to register their residency) to see if it might be possible to complete this registration when the office in Dublin is not as busy.
What you need to do
- We strongly recommend starting employment permit applications earlier than previously done.
- Dependents need to take note of the four (4) week residence requirement before planning travel outside of the country.
- If possible, it is recommended to complete the GNIB registration when the main office is not as busy.
- Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.
The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.
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