The Critical Skills Employment Permit (CSEP)
Designed to facilitate the entrance of highly skilled personnel into Ireland.
- A Labour Market Needs Test is not required.
- Holders of a CSEP do not have to renew the Permit; after 2 years on the CSEP they may apply to move to a Stamp 4. This allows the Holder to work in Ireland without an employment permit.
- Immediate entry of family – spouse, de facto partner (subject to pre – clearance) civil partnership, dependent children of 18 and under (or up to 23 years in full time education, or older children with medical/ psychological needs).
- Stamp 1G available to a spouse, de facto partner; this allows work in Ireland without the requirement for an employment permit.
- After a period of 2 years on a CSEP and 3 years on the following Stamp 4, the Holder may apply to naturalise as Irish.
- The job offer must be for a period of not less than 24 months.
- The job must have either: An annual gross basic salary of over €60,000, available to all job types (apart from those on the Ineligible Categories of Employment List). In this instance the candidate does not require a relevant degree but must have the necessary level of experience, or
- An annual gross basic salary in the range of €30,000 – €59,999, available to a restricted number of strategically important occupations: ICT professionals, health care professionals, engineers/ technologists, researchers/ natural scientists, business / financial professionals, specialist managers. A relevant degree or higher is required.
- 50% or more of the employees in the firm must be EEA nationals at the time of application. This restriction may be waived in respect of start-up companies supported by Enterprise Ireland or IDA Ireland.
- The job offer must be unconditional and from a bona-fide employer based and trading in Ireland.
CSEP Challenges and Solutions
The CSEP criteria and application process can pose challenges to the applicant; particularly establishing the employment background, job type and relevance of the degree. The presentation of the correct documents to government and accuracy on the application form also require consideration.
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