IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Ireland has published a statutory instrument that consolidates changes made to Ireland’s Employment Permit and Trusted Partner programs since they were implemented in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
What does the change mean? Among those who will have an easier time bringing foreign nationals to Ireland under the changes are employers hiring academics, meat deboners and heavy goods vehicle drivers. Documentation requirements have changed for some engineers such that their employment permit applications must be supported by a copy of the applicant’s registration with the Institute of Engineers of Ireland.
Background: SI No 95 of 2017 Employment Permits Regulations 2017 was published at the end of March and took effect April 3. Among other changes in the consolidated regulations, officials have:
Ireland is currently accepting recommendations from employers and other stakeholders on the occupations that should be included or removed from the HSEOL and ICEL. The lists are reviewed on a biannual basis.
BAL Analysis: The regulations consolidate changes that were adopted since the implementation of the Employment Permit Scheme in 2014 and the Trusted Partner program in 2015. The Department for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said the regulations were promulgated to respond to an “ever-evolving labour market,” and that it became necessary for the regulations to be consolidated in the statutory instrument. Those with questions about the changes should contact their BAL professional.
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