How to Obtain a Work Visa in Ireland
With its gorgeous landscape, lively music culture, growing food and drink scene, rich history, and friendly people, Ireland is a popular place for expats moving abroad.
Not only that, but the Emerald Isle is enjoying a thriving economy. Its gross domestic product is the fourth highest in the world on a per capita basis. It also boasts a booming technology sector. Technology — especially medical technology, as Ireland is home to 18 of the top 25 global medtech firms — and pharmaceutical companies are on the rise, and they are always looking for new talent. Other strong industries include software engineering, information technology, health care, hospitality, and education.
This is all good news for foreigners looking to work in Ireland. But how do you find work and move to Ireland? We will walk you through the steps you need to take to meet Ireland’s work visa requirements and get all the legal documents you need to make this exciting move.
Relocate, an independent marketplace for global migration, can also help connect you to qualified Advisors in Ireland who can answer any questions you might have about working and living there as a foreigner.
Who Needs an Ireland Work Visa?
Many in Europe can move to Ireland with ease, regardless of the reason.
This includes residents of countries in the European Union (EU), which consists of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.
European Economic Area (EEA) residents — which consists of EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway — and citizens of Switzerland also have easy access to Ireland.
Ireland also has a Common Travel Area arrangement with the countries of the United Kingdom, which allows residents of the U.K. and Ireland the right to travel freely and work without visas.
However, non-EU and non-EEA nationals or anyone who is not from one of the above countries must apply for a work visa.
Ireland’s Work Visa Types
There are several types of work visas offered to foreigners in Ireland through the Department of Enterprise, Trades and Employment. If you are not sure which work visa is best for your situation, connect with qualified Irish Immigration Advisors on Relocate to guide you through the process.
Here are some of the Irish work permits and eligibility requirements for consideration: