What is the change? Ireland will begin piloting a Trusted Partner Scheme, an accreditation program for certain companies in Ireland.

What does the change mean? Participants in the scheme will have a far more streamlined application process.

  • Implementation timeframe: Late 2014.
  • Visas/permits affected: Employment permits.
  • Who is affected: Participating companies in Ireland.
  • Impact on processing times: Processing for participating companies will be fast-tracked.
  • Business impact: Companies in the program will benefit from streamlined processing and reduced wait times.
  • Next steps: A pilot program will begin late this year. The Industrial Development Agency and Enterprise Ireland have selected the pilot companies.

Background: The Trusted Partner Scheme will be piloted by the end of this year, with an official start date to be determined. Once accredited, participating companies will not have to provide as much information or an employer signature and will benefit from faster processing times.

BAL Analysis: The program will be welcomed by businesses as a fast-track process that reduces administrative and documentary burdens and speeds up employment permit processing.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group in the United Kingdom. For additional information, please contact

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