Permission for work transfer inside EU/EEA & Switzerland

You may not need a permit to work in Ireland if you are an employee of a company based inside the EU/EEA or Switzerland and you are being transferred here temporarily. This status is called 'Van der Elst' with reference to a 1994 European Court of Justice ruling.

Find out how to prepare for border control, if you need a visa & more. These can affect your application in important ways.

Van der Elst status

You may qualify under the Van der Elst if you are:

  • An employee of a company based inside the EU/EEA or Switzerland, and you are
  • Legally resident in the same country, and you are
  • On your employer's payroll in the same country, and you are
  • Being sent to work in Ireland for up to 12 months (maximum) 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, eg visa, border control, registration. Van der Elst cannot be renewed.

If you do not meet the conditions for Van der Elst, apply for permission to work as if you are an employee of a company based outside the EU/EEA & Switzerland.

Read a longer description of Van der Elst.

 

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Updated: 9 December 2016

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