The Irish government recently provided estimated processing times for employment and Irish Residence permit applications.

Employment Permits:

  • The average processing time for employment permits at the Immigration Services Registration Office is approximately one week.
  • Processing times for employment permits may increase to approximately three weeks over the holiday season.

Irish Residence Permits:

  • The average processing time to renew an IRP card at the Immigration Services Registration Office is approximately six to eight weeks.
  • Foreign nationals should expect to wait an additional two weeks to receive the new IRP card after completing the renewal process.
  • Foreign nationals whose IRP card has expired and are unable to renew their card by its expiration date are allowed to stay in the country for eight weeks on the expired card.
  • Foreign nationals are not allowed to stay in the country on an expired IRP card if they have not made any effort to renew it.

Additional Information: Once the IRP renewal application has been approved, authorities will send an email to the applicant. This email can be used as proof of registration while the applicant waits for their new IRP card.

BAL Analysis: Some foreign nationals will be able to begin work in Ireland earlier than expected because of the shortened adjudication times for Irish employment permits. Employers should take note of the updated processing time estimates and plan timelines and start dates accordingly.

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