Immigrating to Ireland- Critical Skills Employment Permits

Nothing excites us more at DC than receiving an email from a reader as this just confirms that the information we provide on this website is indeed useful. As long as our readership continues to soar, we promise to continue delivering on valuable content that will assist you whether in diaspora or planning to be. Many thanks to Adeleke who wrote in and told me that things are happening in Ireland regarding immigration.

9 years ago, I migrated to the UK on the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) – click here – which has since been closed down. I am therefore delighted that Ireland is also offering a version of this scheme called, The Critical Skills Employment Permit.

“The Critical Skills Employment Permit replaces the Green Card type employment permit. The Critical Skills Employment Permit is designed to attract highly skilled people into the labour market with the aim of encouraging them to take up permanent residence in the State.”

As usual there are conditions attached to this immigration route, one of which is a career list to follow, click Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List. If these careers are in shortage, then my advice is that undergrads and postgrads, looking to emigrate should be guided when picking courses. Bottom line is that if you want to find a job, live legally abroad and generally enjoy the finer things in life, there is need to engage in the relevant occupation.  As you will see the occupation list is varied!

Another tricky but flexible condition for this immigration route is that you must find a job, after which you or the employer can file for the employment permit. If successful, you are only tied to that employer for one year after which you can get other jobs and thereafter apply for a residence permit. 

For full requirements, benefits, costs, et-al, please click critical-skills-employment-permit.


As ever, Uloma.


Information culled from Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.


One thought on “Immigrating to Ireland- Critical Skills Employment Permits

  1. Hi Uloma, thank you for this post. I like your response time.

    In addition, before now, international students were allowed to stay back and work for a year but from 2017, this has been extended to 2 years for post graduate students.

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