Workers from non-EU/EEA countries may not need an Employment Permit to work in Ireland if they are an employee of a company based inside the EU/EEA or Switzerland and are being transferred to Ireland temporarily.
This status is called ‘Van der Elst‘ after a landmark 1994 European Court of Justice ruling. This ruling has effectively evolved into a new type of visa category, colloquially or officially called “Van der Elst visas” in certain EU/EEA countries.
You may qualify under the Van der Elst if you are:
- an employee of a company based inside the EU/EEA or Switzerland;
- legally resident in the same country;
- on your employer’s payroll in the same country; and
- being sent to work in Ireland for up to 12 months by your employer.
If you qualify for Van der Elst, you do not need a permit to work in Ireland. However, you must follow all other immigration procedures, which may include needing a visa, border control, and registration with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).
This type of work transfer cannot be renewed.
To learn more about Van der Elst as it pertains to Ireland, please visit this page.