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What is the change? The Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation has proposed changes to the Employment Permits system.
What does the change mean? The proposal aims to revise the current labor market test, streamline the process for Trusted Partner and renewal applications, simplify remuneration requirements and introduce new permit categories, among other changes.
Additional information: In September 2018, the Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation conducted a review of Ireland’s economic migration policy. The initial review examined inefficiencies within the Employment Permits system and concluded that the existing employment permits legislation needed to be amended. After further review, however, the Minister determined that amendment would only complicate the current system and decided to draft an entirely new bill to replace the current legislation.
The proposed bill introduces the following:
Analysis & Comments: The proposed changes, if implemented, will have a significant impact on the employment permits system. The introduction of new permit types, including the seasonal and special circumstances employment permits, will allow more individuals to be eligible for work authorization. Meanwhile, the simplification of remuneration requirements and changes to the 50:50 rule will eliminate some of the complexity that has frustrated users in the past.
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