Citizens of non-EEA countries who do not require Employment Permits include:
• Non-EEA nationals in the State on a Work Authorisation/Working Visa
• Non-EEA workers legally employed in one Member State who are temporarily sent on a contract to another Member State. (The European Court of Justice delivered a judgement on the Van der Elst Case (Freedom to Provide Services) on 9 August, 1994. The Court ruled that in the case of non-EEA workers legally employed in one Member State who are temporarily sent on a contract to another Member State, the employer does not need to apply for employment permits in respect of the non-nationals for the period of contract.)
• Non-EEA nationals who have been granted permission to remain in the State on one of the following grounds:
- permission to remain as spouse or a dependent of an Irish/EEA national;
- permission to remain as the parent of an Irish citizen;
- temporary leave to remain in the State on humanitarian grounds, having been in the Asylum process.
- explicit permission from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform to remain resident and employed in the State
- appropriate business permission to operate a business in the State
• A non-EEA national who is a registered student.
• Swiss Nationals: In accordance with the terms of the European Communities and Swiss Confederation Act, 2001, which came into operation on 1 June, 2002, this enables the free movement of worker between Switzerland and Ireland, without the need for Employment Permits.
On 17 December 2008, the Government announced its decision that, from 1 January 2009, it would continue to restrict access to the Irish labour market for nationals of Bulgaria and Romania. Full details of the Employment Permits requirements in respect of Bulgarian and Romanian nationals are available on this website [Position in relation to Nationals of Bulgaria and Romania]