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Critical Skill Employment Permit Refused: What To Do

If you are from a country that is outside the European Union and your application for a Critical Skill Employment Permit has been refused, and you’re not sure what to do? You can seek to have the decision reviewed.

Call IAS on +353 061 518 025 for immediate help and assistance with your employment permit application, our team of experts are here to help you in person, via the phone or online.

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    Reasons Critical Skill Employment Permit Might Be Refused

    If you feel that your permit application should not have been refused, you can request a review of the decision. Reasons why your Critical Skill Employment Permit might be refused include:

    • Not having the relevant skills, qualifications and experience needed for the job.
    • Not possessing a degree or a higher qualification for eligible jobs in the €38,000 or more salary range (or not meeting the new threshold of €44,000 when it is planned to come into effect in January 2025).
    • The occupation is not on the Critical Skills Occupation List.
    • For eligible jobs with an annual salary of €64,000 you do not hold a degree or equivalent experience.
    • If you’re a midwife or a nurse but your qualification is not recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland for registration to work in Ireland.
    • You did not have a job offer lasting two years
    • Your company’s workforce does not comprise at least 50% EEA nationals
    • The application submitted lacked the correct supporting documentation

    Our immigration team can handle visa and permit rejections and help with the applications for new ones. Contact us

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      What Happens if My Application Has Been Refused


      If your application for the Critical Skill Employment visa to work in Ireland has been refused there are a number of options available to you. You may wish to seek the advice of an Irish immigration specialist before making a decision on what to do next.

      Submit an Appeal For a Critical Skills Employment Permit

      If you wish for a refusal decision to be reviewed you must submit the request for an appeal within 28 days. Your request for review will be assessed by a more senior authority. They will either grant the request or refuse your application for a number of specific reasons. If your application was refused or you decided to withdraw you are eligible for 90% of the fee to be refunded to you.

      Apply for the General Work Employment Permit Ireland

      If you have been refused the Critical Skills Employment Permit to work in Ireland you can apply for the General Employment Permit. This permit allows the applicant to work in occupations where there is a labour shortage.

      In order to apply for this visa you or your employer must submit an application before you come to Ireland. If you happen to already live in Ireland and hold a valid Irish Residence Permit (IRP) with Stamp 1, 1G, 2, 2A or 3 permission you are permitted to still apply without leaving the country.

      The criteria you need to apply for the General Work Permit is:

      • An annual salary of at least €34,000 (or €39,000 by the time the new thresholds come into effect by January 2024)
      • A Labour Market Needs Test has been carried out by the potential employer
      • Over 50% of the workforce in the organisation/company must be EU citizens

      How Can IAS Help?

      If you have been refused a Critical Skill Employment Permit call us on +353 061 518 025 or reach out to us online, for immediate help and assistance. Our team of immigration consultants have expert knowledge of Irish immigration law and they helped many clients successfully apply for employment permits.

      For questions in regards to immigration status, your qualifications or if are unsure if you meet the required criteria talk to our immigration lawyer today. They will be able to assess your situation and determine if you are eligible to apply for the Critical Skills Employment permit.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                Qualifying occupations are listed on the Critical Skills Occupations List, which is updated regularly. It is important to ensure your role is eligible for the Critical Skills Employment Permit.

                The Irish Government aims to have the permit processed within 6 to 8 weeks.

                The cost of the Critical Skills Employment Permit is €1000. Either you or your employer must pay the fee, however, you will get 90% of the fee returned to you should your application be refused.

                Yes, if you are a dependent family member of a Critical Skills Employment Permit holder you are permitted to work in Ireland, while accompanying your permit holder family member. Your partner or spouse can get a Stamp 1G IRP when they register in Ireland which permits them to work in the country.