Losing your job is something that can happen at any moment, even if you are doing good work. Working in Ireland is no different. The vagaries of the economy mean that losing your job (in other words, being made redundant) is a situation that can surface at any time. Being made redundant or becoming unemployed is a difficult situation for all people but can be particularly difficult for those who are living and workig in Ireland on an Employment Permit. Fortunately, the government of Ireland takes into account the possibility of being made redundant with respect to foreign nationals working in Ireland who are not from another EU/EEA country or Switzerland. These provisions are known as the five years’ permission policy.
If you lose your job through redundancy, you should notify the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation using the redundancy notification form within 28 days of being made redundant as you may be eligible for the five years’ permission policy. There are provisions for non-EU/EEA workers are outlined below.
Employment Permit for five years or longer:
If you have been made redundant after working on an Employment Permit for five consecutive years, you will no longer need a permit to work in Ireland (this is the five years’ permission policy in a nutshell). You should apply to your local immigration officer (see ‘Registration’ below) who will issue you with a Stamp 4 immigration permission for one year. This permission may be renewed annually and it will allow you to take up any employment or become self-employed.
Employment Permit for less than five years:
If you have not been working in Ireland for five consecutive years, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation will allow you six months to find another job. When you find another job you have to apply for a new General Employment Permit, but a Labour Market Needs Test is not required. If you were made redundant from a job on the list of ineligible categories of employment, you may apply for a new General Employment Permit for a job on that ineligible list.
You should contact your local immigration officer to confirm your immigration status (see ‘Registration’ below). If you have more than six months before your immigration permission expires, you can reside in Ireland under your stamp 1 permission for a further six months. If you have less than six months’ immigration permission you can have your immigration permission extended to six months. If you have not found a new job after six months, you will be expected to leave Ireland. If you then get an offer of employment in Ireland, you may apply for a new General Employment Permit.
Short-time working and the five years’ permission policy
If you have been put on short-time working while on a work permit or a General Employment Permit, you must notify the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. If you do not do this, any application to renew your permit in future may be affected.
Non-EU/EEA nationals (with the exception of Switzerland) must register with the local immigration officer in the area where they intend to live when they arrive in Ireland. In Dublin you register at the Burgh Quay Registration Office. You must book an appointment online to visit it. Outside Dublin, you may register at your regional registration office or your local Garda District Headquarters.
To learn about the five years’ permission policy and redundancy, please visit this page.