Employment Permit requirement
(i) Since 1 March 2014 all doctors registering with the Garda National Immigration Bureau whether for the first time or renewing their immigration permission will be required to hold an Employment Permit issued by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation for public and private hospitals and health facilities (Stamp 4 holders being exempt).
(ii) Senior House Officers (SHOs) and Registrars who were granted immigration permission Stamp 1 for a 2 year period prior to 1 March 2014 and who are currently employed as SHOs and Registrars in a public hospital or public health facility may continue to work without the requirement of an Employment Permit until their immigration permission expires - provided they continue to work in a public hospital or public health facility. (see (iv) below re renewal of permission).
- Doctors who are due to renew their immigration permission should ensure that an application for an Employment Permit has been submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the expiry date of their current immigration permission.
- If such doctors wish to take up an offer of employment in a private hospital or private health facility within that time frame an Employment Permit will be required.
(iii) A doctor who has always been required to hold an Employment Permit must continue to do so. This includes all doctors working in a private hospital or private health facility and certain categories of doctors working in a public hospital or public health facility (not SHOs/Registrars).
(v) Regardless of the duration of the Employment Permit, the duration of the immigration permission granted will be 12 months maximum e.g. in the case of a Critical Skills Employment Permit (formerly the “Green Card”), which covers 2 years, the immigration permission will be granted in two separate periods of 12 months each – this is in line with all other Critical Skills Employment Permit holders.
(vi) Detailed information in relation to Employment Permit policy and application procedures may be found at
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