What is the change? The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment has opened its second public consultation period of 2020, seeking comments and recommendations on changes to the Critical Skills Occupations List and Ineligible Occupations List.

What does the change mean? The public consultation allows Irish employers, business organizations and other interested parties a chance to help shape policy on high-skilled immigration by providing input on skills and labor shortages in their economic sector. Submissions may be submitted up until the close of business on Dec. 11.

  • Implementation time frame: The public consultation period opened Nov. 11 and closes Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. (GMT).
  • Visas/permits affected: General Employment Permits and Critical Skills Employment Permits.
  • Business impact: The public consultation period provides an opportunity for stakeholders to offer information, experiences and perspectives on the nature and extent of skill and/or labor shortages. Stakeholder submissions are a vital source of information that help to inform the Department’s final assessment the occupations lists.
  • Next steps: Employers wishing to make submissions may do so by emailing by 5 p.m. on Dec. 11.

Background: The Critical Skills Occupation List is comprised of high-skilled jobs that are experiencing labor or skills shortages and are critical to the Irish economy. The current Critical Skills Occupations List is available here. The Ineligible Occupations List comprises jobs for which there are sufficient Irish/EEA workers available to fill, and are therefore ineligible to be filled by non-EEA workers. The current Ineligible Occupations List is available here.

Analysis & Comments: The consultation period provides stakeholders the opportunity to offer observations about skills and labor shortages in their economic sector. Those making submissions should include any information that may be relevant to making adjustments to the occupations lists, including data on skills or labor shortages or information on recruitment efforts, retention difficulties, training incentives, business impacts or expansion plans. They may also wish to provide industry surveys or other reports with information about their sector.

Information about the consultation period is available on this website. Information on the Employment Permits Acts and Employment Permits Regulations is available here. Employers who would like to discuss submissions are encouraged to contact the Deloitte immigration team.

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