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Irish authorities announced sweeping changes to key immigration programs Wednesday, including what the government called the “largest ever expansion to the employment permits system.” Officials also announced they would increase minimum salary thresholds.
Key Changes to the Employment Permits Scheme
The government announced the salary requirement for most General Employment Permit holders will increase from €30,000 to €34,000 in January 2024. Labor Market Needs Tests are required for General Employment Permit applications and, beginning in January, must reflect the increased salary level to be valid. Salary thresholds will also increase for Critical Skills Employment Permit holders, intra-company transferees and others.
Additional Information: In announcing the changes, Neale Richmond, Ireland’s minister of state for business, employment and retail , said that with low unemployment in Ireland, demand for employment permits remains high. He said the addition of new occupations to the Employment Permits scheme would be a “huge benefit to Irish businesses and society.” He added that the 2024 salary increases mark the beginning of a phased approach to salary increases that are designed to “balance the rights of the workers with the needs of businesses.” His full remarks are available here.
BAL Analysis: The changes to the Employment Permits scheme will make it easier for non-EU/EEA nationals to work in key jobs in Ireland. Employers should take note of the changes to salary thresholds and plan accordingly. BAL will continue to follow immigration developments in Ireland and will provide updates as information becomes available.
This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice Group.
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