IT Search guide to your Critical Skills Employment Visa

If you are considering relocation to Ireland, the most usual process for non-EU Candidates is through the Critical Skills Employment Visa process. This process does change regularly so please reconfirm the process yourself but hopefully the guide below will give you a good idea of what’s involved. The process is completed on the Employment Permits Online system and typically managed by the future employer.

Info Needed for Visa Application

Scans of following documents in .PDF or .Doc(X)

  • A signed contract of employment
  • A scan of the core pages of your passport (Usually front and back page) – Passport cannot be due to expire in the next 12 months – If so you will need a new passport
  • Scan copies of all your education qualifications (In English)
  • List of all your final year subjects studied in your university degree
  • Month and year of graduation
  • High quality jpeg file of colour passport photo
  • Confirm your full home postal address
  • Confirm your full name as per your passport
  • Confirm best contact number to include on the application

Type of Visa

  • The visa is called “Critical Skills Employment Permit”
  • This visa will accommodate your husband/wife and children to move with you
  • If your husband/wife wants to work in Ireland s/he can apply for a Spousal Dependency Visa

The Process and Expected Timeframe

  • Usually, the employer will prepare the application and submit to Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI)
  •  Once received it will take approx. 6 weeks to get approved and sent back to Employer. This link shows you current processing dates
  • You can track the status of your application
  • Usually, the employer will send the visa by courier to your home address – you need the visa number so you can start the online Entry visa application

Entry Visa to Ireland

You may need to apply for an Entry visa in order to travel to Ireland, if so you can do so only here. This PDF guides you through all the fields you need to complete:

Most sections are obvious but a few points to note are:

  • Usually, you will be applying for a: Long stay ‘D’ visa for a Single entry
  • If the visa is approved, you will be required to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) when you enter Ireland, after which you may apply for a multi-entry Re-Entry Visas.
  • Every person wishing to travel to Ireland requires their own visa. This means that even if your dependents are included on your passport they each require a separate visa. Therefore you must make a visa application for each person wishing to travel to Ireland
  • When you selected ‘Employment’ as your reason for travel to Ireland, having entered your family details, you will be presented with a further screen. You must now enter the reference number of your Employment Permit /approval
  • You will also need to get police vetting completed
  • You will need Contact/Host in Ireland contact details (Usually HR in your future employer)