The Irish government recently updated its Critical Skills Occupations List and increased quotas for certain professions.

Key Points:

  • Cardiac physiologists, medical scientists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, podiatrists/chiropodists, psychologists and speech and language therapists are now eligible for Critical Skills Employment Permits.
  • The complete Critical Skills Occupations List is available here.
  • Authorities increased the permit quotas for Meat Processing Operatives to 425.

Additional Information: Current processing times for employment permits can be found here.  Ireland reviews and updates the critical skills lists twice a year. Changes to the lists were made based on labor market conditions, submissions from relevant stakeholders and the currently COVID-19 situation.

BAL Analysis: The decision to add occupations to the Critical Skills List and increase quotas for some professions is intended to make it easier for companies to hire more foreign workers and alleviate labor shortages across the country.

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