Work Permit Changes

The struggle to attract & retain high quality staff is currently a huge issue for Dublin firms. When several employers came to us in 2018, their ask was simple: help us attract highly-skilled staff by making it easier for their spouses & partners to work here.


In a tight jobs market, many firms rely on overseas talent to meet their skills needs. However, Ireland’s employment rules meant spouses & partners of highly-skilled workers - such as engineers & ICT professionals - had to enter the country with ‘Stamp 3’ immigration status only. This made it hard for them to secure work of their own, eroding Ireland’s attractiveness as a place to work.


Dublin Chamber identified the changes that were needed. We engaged with officials over several months, making the case for immediate access to the labour market for spouses & partners of Critical Skills Permit holders. We were delighted to see the Government announce that it is acting on our request with immediate effect.


Spouses & partners of skilled workers, who come to Ireland from outside the EEA, now have full & immediate access to our jobs market. Instantly, Dublin has become a more attractive place in which to live & work.

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