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Employment Permits

All non-EU/EEA employees must hold an appropriate Employment Permit in order to take up their employment with Trinity.

Employment Permits (with exception of the Hosting Agreement) are issued by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI).

  • General Employment Permits. As of the 1st October 2014 the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation introduced the Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014. General Employment Permits are the primary vehicle used by the State to attract 3rd country nationals for occupations which are experiencing a labour or skills shortage. For more information, please visit the DBEI website.
  • Critical Skills Permits are available for occupations with a minimum annual remuneration of €32,000 for a restricted number of strategically important occupations contained in the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List. A relevant degree qualification or higher is required.

All occupations with a minimum annual remuneration of over €64,000, other than those on the Ineligible Categories of Employment for Employment Permits or which are contrary to the public interest would qualify for a Critical Skills Permit. A non-EEA national who does not have a degree qualification or higher, must have the necessary level of experience.

A job offer of at least 2 years must be secured by the prospective employee in respect of the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List from the prospective employer.

There is no need for a Labour Market Needs Test and allows for spouse and children to relocate immediately.

A Critical Skills Permit is not renewable and after 2 years under such permit, the staff member must apply for long-term residency with the Dept. of Justice to maintain their eligibility to live and work in Ireland.

  • Hosting Agreements: Issued by the University on behalf of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation in conjunction with Euraxess/IUA and are only applicable to Research Staff (Assistants and/or Fellows).

Employment Permit Renewals

HR will endeavour to contact all employees who need their Employment Permits renewed up to 12 weeks in advance of its expiry date. If you haven’t heard from us, we encourage you to make contact as soon as possible.


Currently Trinity College Dublin is exempted from paying fees on Employment Permit Applications.


If an employee is from a visa-required country, this is still a requirement even if they do not need a work permit or green card. They should obtain a visa before travelling to Ireland. The recruitment team cannot assist in the obtaining of visas.

New Applications

New Employment Permits are sent directly to Trinity College, unless otherwise requested, and Trinity then courier the permit to the employee. It is crucial that the employee does not travel to Ireland without the permit in hand, even if they do not require a visa to enter the State. The University also receives a certified copy of the Permit and this cannot be used for travelling purposes.

Further Information

If you have any further queries please contact or the HR Service Centre at 01 896 3333.