It is noted that the new employment permits online system is now live and up and running. It is hoped that the new system will bring about faster turn-around times and facilitate easier online submission of supporting documents.

The Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation has published a very informative user guide on its website.

The main forms of permit are still the same, namely the Critical Skills Permit, the Intra-Company Transfer Employment Permit, the General Employment Permit and the Contract for Services Permit. There are also other forms of permit for specific situations. Applying for the most appropriate form of permit should be carefully reviewed at the outset to reduce the risk of refusal and time delays.