The Department for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) has announced that a new online employment permit application system will be implemented in September 2016.
In addition, effective 2 August 2016, there are several amendments to the regulations applying to employment permit applications, including further changes to the highly skilled Eligible List and Ineligible List.
The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INS) has announced that its long-awaited new online appointment booking system for GNIB registrations is expected to launch in late August.
Finally, Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs has announced that the passport renewal process will be digitized from early 2017.
Upcoming Employment Permits Online System
The new Employment Permits Online System (EPOS) for the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) will be implemented for Employment Permits in September 2016, although a specific date has not yet been announced.
Once rolled out, employment permit applications and submission of supporting documentation can be made online via EPOS along with payments of fees (where applicable) by credit/debit card through a secure payment gateway.
DJEI claims that EPOS will offer:
DJEI is asking applicants to delay submitting new applications for employment permits during the month of August 2016, stating that applications can then be submitted online in “early September”.
Legislative Amendments for Employment Permits
The DJEI are introducing several changes to the legislation effective 2 August 2016:
Changes to the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List (HSEOL) and Ineligible Categories of Employment List (ICEL)
Applicants should ensure that a Labour Market Needs Test in respect of a vacancy for such a legal associate professional does not commence before 2 August 2016.
Appointment System for GNIB registration in Dublin
In line with the online appointment system for re-entry visa applications, introduced last September, Irish Naturalisation and Immigrations Services (INIS) have announced that they will be introducing an appointment system for applications for registration of residency at the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) office in Burgh Quay, Dublin. The new system is expected to launch in late August and will offer appointments for early September.
At that point, the existing early morning ticketing system at the Burgh Quay office will end and all appointments will have to be made via the website. It will no longer be possible to make an appointment by queuing at the office.
Irish Passport Renewal Process
Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs has announced that the passport renewal process will be digitized from early 2017. The new system should reduce paperwork and streamline the renewal process.