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Are you entitled to work freely in Ireland?

If you are unsure if you are entitled to work freely in Ireland, here are the guidelines.

If you are a citizen from the EEA you are entitled to work freely in Ireland. The EEA is the European Economic Area. The EEA is the EU, plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

For clarifaction, the following countries belong to the EEA:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom.

Although Switzerland is not part of the EEA, it reached an agreement with the EU regarding free movement of persons whereby EU workers and Swiss nationals are now to be treated equally with regard to entry and residence provisions and access to the labour market in many of the member states, and, in particular, Ireland.

EU citizens and Irish citizens and people from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, need no work permits. Neither do their spouses after the appropriate paperwork is filed. Almost everyone else does. The up-to-date rules and regulations concerning work permits can be found at Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment work permit page: http://www.entemp.ie/labour/workpermits/

 

EU Accession States:

As of 1st May 2004 Accession State Nationals no longer require work permits to work in Ireland.  These countries are:

  • Poland
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Estonia
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Malta
  • Cyprus

Bulgaria and Romania

The Government decided on 17th July 2012 to cease restrictions on labour market access in respect of Bulgarian and Romanian nationals, to the Irish labour market, with immediate effect. This means that Romanian and Bulgarian citizens are allowed to work in Ireland without any work permit or visa, just like any other EU passport holder and nationality. 

  

Date Posted:
2017-04-19 11:52:58

Posted By:
philip@pbrecruitment.ie



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