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Immigration support for hiring expats in Ireland via PEO

Among many other issues companies face when expanding globally is global HR. This includes hiring local citizens and expats, and payrolling them, paying taxes and getting work permits and visas so that expatriates were eligible to work in a foreign country.

If you are a company that is already hiring or planning to hire international workforce for your international projects, you must be aware of how hard it may get to onboard the person if they are miles away. Things can get even more complicated if expats are to be onboarded in a foreign country.

Whether it is to serve your company’s clients in Ireland or to tap into a new market, Acumen’s ‘work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ is here for you.

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals willing to work overseas.

Our solution is a one-stop shop service for the official employment of expats in Ireland after they have received a work permit or a visa. Our Global PEO for hiring expats is aimed at employer companies that want to transfer selected candidates or individuals whose employers are ready to finance their immigration and foreign employment.

Note: having one provider that sponsors a work permit or visa on your behalf and then employs the expat, minimizes risks of visa rejection and takes the hassle associated with immigration procedure off your head.

Unlike other global Professional Employer Organizations, we can provide a bunch of extra benefits in addition to immigration support and onboarding in full compliance with local labor legislation. This includes housing, office, mobile phone and car provision to meet-and-greet, dependents relocation, and others.

Focus on your primary business goals. And let us take care of the work permit and immigration procedures for you. Use our all-in-one solution:

  1. For long-term assignments in Ireland, allowing to payroll expats with full legal compliance
  2. As an interim solution before incorporating in the country

Hiring and payrolling expats in Ireland

Acumen’s approach to global mobility and expats employment in Ireland is backed with years of field expertise. Our team of seasoned professionals has managed to guide the whole bunch of companies of different sizes and sectors through the challenging immigration and onboarding and offboarding procedure.

We have helped companies to easily onboard, payroll and withdraw employees at the end of the employment agreement when it was needed based on their needs.

If you want to quickly and without risk get a work permit for your expatriate candidate, Acumen International can be your dedicated partner. We will guide you through all steps and advise on the documents required.

Note: we cannot shorten or affect the immigration procedure. However, we can make all necessary preparations so that you can onboard the employee immediately the permit or visa have been received.

We will ensure 100% compliance with the in-country labor legislation during the expats’ employment with Acumen International. Contact us for details on visa processing timelines and documents required to get a work permit in Ireland.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance in Ireland takes from 1 to 6 months until entry to Ireland, and a further 3 days to 2 weeks before the entire process is completed. This is considerably different from Critical Skills Employment Permit, which takes from 1 to 4 months until entry to Ireland, and a further 3 days to 2 weeks before the entire process is completed.
Note that Critical Skills Employment Permit is designed to attract highly skilled workers in Ireland with the aim of encouraging them to take up permanent residence.

Major steps to get a work permit in Ireland

General Employment Permit:

  1. Labor Market Test
  2. Employment Permit Application
  3. Employment Visa Application
  4. Entry to Ireland
  5. GNIB Registration
  6. Re-Entry Visa Application (optional)

Major steps to get a work permit in Ireland

Critical Skills Employment Permit:

  1. Critical Skills Permit Application
  2. Employment Visa Application
  3. Entry to Ireland
  4. GNIB Registration
  5. Re-Entry Visa Application (optional)

Documents for work permit in Ireland, main applicant

Name Notes Copies
Resume/CV (5 years) Showing relevant professional experience and education for at least the last five years. One clear copy
Evidence of legal immigration status Evidence of legal residency in the applicant’s country of residence, where the application is being made (if he/she holds a passport from a different country) One original
Any previous Irish visas or permits, plus entry stamps for Ireland Clear copy acceptable. One clear copy
Passport Copy Should be a clear color copy of the main information page and must be valid for at least one year on the date of submission to the DJEI. One clear copy
Qualification Recognition (Accountants) Any applicant intending to work as accountants or chartered accountants should have a memorandum of understanding or a letter from the awarding certificate institute outlining in which countries their qualifications are recognized. The relevant accountancy qualification must then also be recognized by an Irish association or recognized institute – as follows: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants; Association of International Accountants; Chartered Institute of Management Accountants; Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy; Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland/England and Wales or Scotland; Institute of Incorporated Public Accountants. One clear copy
Highest educational certificate(s) – Copy (or Proof of Education History for Critical Skills Employment Permit applicants ONLY) One clear copy
Digital Passport Photograph JPEG format; Width 413 pixels (35mm @ 300dpi) and height 531 pixels (45mm @ 300dpi); to be uploaded with the application form. One original
Any previous Irish visas or permits, plus entry stamps for Ireland Clear copy acceptable. One clear copy
Critical Skills Permit Application Form (for Critical Skills Employment Permit applicants ONLY) To be completed online with various details including: Full registered name of company, registered employer number, registered company number, number of EEA and non-EEA nationals in the company, details of any recent redundancies made. Once completed, this should be printed, signed both by the applicant and a representative of the Irish entity and scanned. One clear copy
Visa Application Form For Irish entry visa One original
Passport valid for 12 months minimum With at least 2 blank visa pages One original
2 Passport Photographs 3.5cm x 4.5cm 3.5cm x 4.5cm, in color, with a white background. Face forward, mouth closed, eyes open. Should have the applicant name in capital letters and be signed by the applicant on the back. Two originals
Cover Letter A signed letter of application including full contact details, the reason for travel to Ireland, details of any members of family who are currently in Ireland or any EU member state, details of duration of stay and intended address in Ireland and an undertaking to observe the conditions of the visa. The applicant should also undertake that they will not become a burden on the state and that they will leave on the expiry of the permission to remain. One original
Bank Statement (Letterhead) Bank statement on original headed paper of financial institution showing what money has been paid into and out of the account for the past 6 months and showing sufficient funds to cover the applicant’s costs. One original
Medical Travel Insurance Should cover the cost of emergency medical assistance, hospitalization or medical repatriation. One clear copy
Police Clearance May Be Required Some diplomatic posts may require a police clearance for the employment visa application and this should be checked in advance on a case by case basis. One original
GNIB Appointment Registration Will be completed online (see the link) and requires applicant details (passport/permit category etc.). Confirmation of the date and time of the appointment will be sent via e-mail and should be printed and taken to the GNIB appointment. One clear copy
Confirmation of Irish residential address/strong> In Dublin, if staying in a hotel, evidence of this (in the form of a booking form or letter from the hotel plus a cover letter from the company) should be provided. Note that the GNIB must be informed of subsequent changes of address, or penalties will be imposed. In other locations outside Dublin, the proof of residential address generally cannot be a hotel booking but this should be checked on a case by case basis. One clear copy
GNIB Registration Government Fee Currently EUR300 per person. Payment can be made by a specific bank giro form which can be obtained at all registration offices or by credit/debit card at a number of Garda stations. Children below the age of 16 are exempt. One original
Bank Statements Copies of bank statements for the 3 months preceding the registration. One clear copy
Power of Attorney (Personal) Signed power of attorney if using a third party for application filing and collection. One original
Re-Entry Visa Application Form Completed and signed. One original
Re-Entry Visa Application Fee 60 Euros for a single exit and re-entry and 100 Euros for multiple re-entries payable by bank draft or postal order only. These should be made payable to the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. One original

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Ireland without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Contact us for more details about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Ireland.

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