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Senator calls for Easier Irish Work Permits and Visa Rules for non-EU Nationals

December 2017, 01
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Neale Richmond, a senator from Dublin, has pleaded with the government of Ireland to relax the norms for non-EU nationals to get Irish work permit. He wants an expansion to the list of occupations for which overseas workers are eligible.

When the Irish Employment Permit was compared to the Visa scheme involved in UK Tier 2 visa scheme the former is easier. The UK scheme is expensive and complicated. When the visa system of Ireland is simplified it will become attractive for non-EU nationals. These Visas can be considered to being an effective alternative to the migrants approaching the UK.

He addressed the Minister for Business and Enterprise and explained that presently, only skilled professionals, outside of the EU, in Technology, Health Services, International Finance, and Pharmaceutical Companies are eligible to apply for the work permit of Ireland.

The present list contains professions of IT specialists, process automation or engineers working in chip design, medical practitioners, web designers, midwives, nurses and international marketing experts.

The categories Excluded from the shortage occupation list in Ireland are Physiotherapists, Hospitality workers, Social Workers, Farmers, Opticians, Welders, Secretaries, Electricians, Mechanics, Plumbers, Carpenters, Plasterers, and Bricklayers.

Worker shortage

Mr. Richmond said that among the several professions excluded from the list there is a high demand and staff shortage. The occupation list is restrictive, and regions experience a constant need of workers.

The present lists focus on highly skilled and well-paid occupations which require filling up, but there are several low-wage jobs that should be added to allow business fraternity to provide better service at reasonable rates.

He also identified the gap in the workers of the hospitality sector. Employers were facing difficulty in recruiting trained chefs and experienced waiters. He also claimed that staff in short supply spread to the construction sector, nursing, farm workers and cleaning areas all over Ireland.

The book-keepers in Ireland were also lacking. For now, the immigration department of Ireland has begun to review the shortage occupation lists and is considering the jobs for which non-EU workers can submit an application.

A New work visa application process is being put in place for nurses of non-EU/EEA nurses. The new rules say that the non-EU/EEA nurses aiming to work in Ireland should send an application through the Atypical Work Scheme.

Irish Visas increasing becoming popular

In the UK less number of people, obtain the qualification to remain indefinitely. Presently, The UK Government is taking steps to restrict Tier 2 visas. It allows skilled workers to work for a Tier 2 Sponsoring Licence holder and gain UK permanent residence status.

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