How to Apply for an Employment Permit in Ireland

What it is

You can apply and pay for employment permits using the Employment Permits Online System (EPOS). You must hold a valid Employment Permit to work in Ireland as a non-EEA National unless you are exempted.

Employment Permits

In order to work in Ireland a non-EEA National, unless they are exempted, must hold a valid Employment Permit. The Department’s Employment Permits Section administers the Employment Permits system.

Please note that from 1 January 2020, any employment permit application where a Labour Market Needs Test is required MUST have published a EURES ad for at least 28 days BEFORE a valid application can be submitted. 

Employment Permits Online System (EPOS)
There is a step by step User Guide available in the footer information of the online system which includes documentary requirements for each application type.

The online application system for employment permits brings a number of significant benefits:

  • Faster turnaround of applications.
  • Easier, online submission of supporting documentation.
  • Secure Online Fee Payments (where applicable) by credit/debit card.
  • As the new system continuously validates your data and supporting documentation there will be fewer errors and rejected applications.
  • Intuitive user experience with help information and relevant mandatory fields.

The Department invites you to submit your application(s) electronically to avail of these benefits. The Department would also welcome your feedback in relation to the online process. If you have any comments or come across any issues you can email us at the dedicated email account at

An application for any employment permit must be received at least 12 weeks before the proposed employment start date.

Please note that EPOS has a cut-off deadline of 28 days from starting any application to submitting it.  If an application form has not been submitted or completed within 28 days, it is deleted. This is for data protection purposes. In such instance, it is not possible to retrieve the application and the applicant must begin the application process again.

A contract of employment signed by both parties MUST be submitted with each application.

Types of employment permit

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