Immigration Service Delivery has launched a new website available at www.irishimmigration.ie

From July 28, 2021, this website will no longer be updated.

 

Notice | Email Submissions Strongly Advised

28 January 2021

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we strongly advise that applicants email completed applications to Lmauapplications@justice.ie.

All applications on our webpage can be downloaded and completed using the ‘Fill and Sign’ feature of Adobe Acrobat DC or similar program. First time applicants (LMA3) and renewals (LMA4) should email their completed forms and associated documents in PDF format to Lmauapplications@justice.ie

 

Notice | Extension of Labour Market Access Permissions

22 April 2021

On 26th March, Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD announced a further temporary extension of immigration permissions. This extension applies to Labour Market Access Permissions. In general, provided the terms and conditions outlined by the Minister are met, all permissions are renewed until 20th September 2021. 

LMAU however strongly recommend that individuals continue to keep their permission up to date, applying as usual one month in advance of their permissions expiry date.

 

Notice | Reduced 6 month waiting period for international protection applicants to access work

28 January 2021

The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, has today announced new measures that will enable applicants for international protection to seek work six months after they make their application.

Applicants previously had to wait nine months to apply for permission to work. In a further change, an applicant’s permission to work will now last for 12 months rather than six months. See the full details of the announcement...

Permission to access the labour market

International protection applicants can apply for a permission to access the labour market. You may be eligible for this permission, if you have not yet received a first instance recommendation on your international protection application after 6 months.

This permission will allow you to access employment and self-employment. It will be valid for 12 months. You can renew the permission if you have not received a final decision on your international protection application within the 12 months. A final decision means when you have completed all appeals procedures.

1. Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if:

  1. You are an international protection applicant; and
  2. You have been waiting at least 5 months for your first instance recommendation; and
  3. You are cooperating with the international protection process – delays in receiving a recommendation must not be due to any actions taken by you.

You can apply if you have not received a first instance decision after 5 months. Your permission will become valid after 6 months.

2. How to apply or renew

Apply for a First Labour Market Access Permission

Your first labour market access permission may be applied for using the LMA3 form. You can access the application form below.

Please complete this form and email it to: Lmauapplications@justice.ie:

  • Emailed applications should state the applicant’s personal ID in the email subject bar
  • Emailed applications should be submitted in Adobe (.pdf)
  • Forms can be submitted using the “Fill & Sign feature of Adobe Acrobat DC or similar program
  • Alternatively the form can be printed, signed and scanned
  • Please note that zipped or encrypted files cannot be accepted.

 

You can also send completed forms to the address below. Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, we strongly advise emailing your application at this time.

 

Application form LMA3 (published 10 February 2021)

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Application for labour market access permission (PDF 294KB)

Labour Market Access Unit (Applications)
PO Box 12931
Freepost FDN5264
Dublin 2

 

If your application is successful

If your application is successful, INIS will issue you a permission letter.

Once you begin working, your employer (or you, if self-employed) must complete the declaration form LMA5 below.

The LMA5 form must be returned to the following email address: Lmauapplications@justice.ie

You can also send completed forms to the address below. Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, we strongly advise emailing your application at this time.

Application form LMA5  (published 2 July 2018)

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Labour market access declaration form (PDF 221KB)

Application address

Labour Market Access Unit (Declarations)
PO Box 12931
Freepost FDN5264
Dublin 2

 

Renewal of labour market access permission

Renewal of labour market access permission may be applied for using form LMA4 attached below.

Please send completed renewal applications to Lmauapplications@justice.ie

If you have not already submitted form LMA5, please include form LMA5 with your renewal application. Please note:

  • Emailed applications should state the applicant’s personal ID in the email subject bar
  • Emailed applications should be submitted in Adobe (.pdf)
  • Forms can be submitted using the “Fill & Sign feature of Adobe Acrobat DC or similar program
  • Alternatively the form can be printed, signed and scanned
  • Please note that zipped or encrypted files cannot be accepted.

 

You can also send completed forms to the address below. Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, we strongly advise emailing your application at this time.

Application form LMA4 (published 15 November 2018)

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Application for renewal of labour market access permission form (PDF 286KB)

Application address

Labour Market Access Unit (Renewals)
PO Box 12931
Freepost FDN5264
Dublin 2

 

3. Information Booklets

For Applicants

The LMA7 information booklet provides a summary of the Labour Market Access process which covers the majority of applicants and their situations. The Labour Market Access Unit recommends that all applicants familiarise themselves with the process before making their applications.

Applicants Information Booklet LMA7 (published 22 April 2021)

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Information Booklet: Labour Market Access for International Protection for Applicants (PDF 267KB)

 

For Employers

The LMA8 Information booklet provides a summary of the Labour Market Access process for employers. The Labour Market Access Unit recommends that employers familiarise themselves with the terms and conditions of the permission before employing permission holders

Employers Information Booklet LMA8 (published 28 April 2021)

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Information Booklet: Labour Market Access Permission for Employers (PDF160KB)

 

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Contact

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Updated: 28 April 2021