Changes to Employment Permit Requirements.

As previously communicated by CCR, Minister Heather Humphreys, Minister for the Department of Enterprise and Innovation, has implemented the below increase in the remuneration threshold of Critical Skills Employment Permits and changes to the Labour Market Needs Test.

As of the 1st of January 2020, the following changes have been introduced for the remuneration threshold of Critical Skills Employment Permits:

  • For occupations on the Critical Skills Occupations List, the minimum remuneration threshold has increased from €30,000 to €32,000 per annum (roles dependent on having the relevant third level degree).
  • For occupations which are eligible for an employment permit (not on the ‘Ineligible Occupations List’) and hold the necessary experience, the minimum remuneration threshold has increased from €60,000 to €64,000.

Another change introduced by the DBEI was in relation to the Labour Market Needs Test. Government policy requires that an employment opportunity within Ireland should be first offered to Irish or other EEA nationals who meet the requirements of the role. Only after the role is suitably advertised can an employer offer the role to Non-EEA nationals. To do so employers must satisfy a Labour Market Needs Test in which the vacancy is adequately advertised.

Rules for the advertisement are set out here:

https://dbei.gov.ie/en/What-We-Do/Workplace-and-Skills/Employment-Permits/Labour-Market-Needs-Test/

As of the 1st of January 2020, the following changes have been introduced to the labour markets needs test:

  • The requirement to undertake a labour market needs test within Ireland and across the EEA has increased from a two-week duration to a four-week duration for General Employment Permits and the Contract for Services Employment Permit.

The changes detailed above will not be retroactively applied to applications submitted before the 1st of January 2020. The introduction of these changes has led to an increase in applications submitted before the 1st of January 2020 which has led to significant delays in the processing of employment permits.

Delay in Permit Processing Times.

The Department of Business, Enterprise, and Innovation announced on the 13th of January 2020 that due to a high volume of applications the processing times have been adjusted. Please find the updated processing times below:

  • Trusted Partner employment Permit applications should be processed within 6 weeks from the date of submission.
  • Standard employment Permit applications should be processed within 13 weeks from the date of submission.

Applicants with permit applications currently in processing should consider these new processing times going forward.

Changes to P60s.

In a continuing effort to modernize the PAYE system in Ireland the Revenue announced that as of the 1st of January 2019, the P60 would be abolished. This means that a P60 for 2019 will no longer be available. It has been replaced with what is called an Employment Details Summary. This summary will contain your income and deduction details for 2019. The Employment Details Summary will not be available from your employer, instead, each employee can gain access to this through their myAccount on the Revenue website.

P60s will still be available for 2018 and should be requested from your employer, if not received already. All third parties, such as the DBEI, which request P60s as proof of income are aware of this change and should accept the Employment Details Summary as proof of income for 2019 going forward.

P60’s are requested by the immigration authorities for submission from the employee for renewal of employment permits and residency permits.

Citizenship Division has Migrated to a New Website.

To make the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services website more user-friendly, the Department of Justice and Equality have been making several changes. They have recently launched the new Citizenship webpage which can be found here: https://www.irishimmigration.ie/citizenship/

This website aims to make applying for Citizenship a more user-friendly experience by providing a clear guide on who is eligible for citizenship by naturalisation and how they can apply.

Increase in Minimum Wage.

From 1 February 2020, the national minimum wage will increase to €10.10 – This will have an impact on Intra-Company Transfer Employment Permits, as well as Atypical Working Scheme applications.