Permission to access the labour market

International protection applicants can apply for a permission to access the labour market. You can apply for this permission from 2 July, 2018, if you have not yet received a first instance recommendation on your protection application.

This permission will allow you to access employment and self-employment. It will be valid for 6 months. You can renew the permission if you have not received a final decision on your international protection application within the 6 months. A final decision means when you have completed all appeals procedures, including judicial review proceedings.

If you already hold a temporary self-employment permission, please refer to this section.

1. Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if:

  1. You are an international protection applicant; and
  2. You have not received a first instance recommendation on your protection application; and
  3. You have been waiting at least 8 months for your first instance recommendation; and
  4. 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 permission after 8 months. Your permission will become valid after 9 months.

2. How to apply

You can access the application form here. Please complete this form and send it to the address below.

Application form LMA3 (published 2 July 2018)

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Application for labour market access permission (PDF 294KB)

Application address

Labour Market Access Unit (LMAU)
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.

You must also get your employer to complete the declaration form LMA6 below. These forms must be returned to the following address:


Reception and Integration Agency
PO Box 11487
Dublin 2


Related documents

Form LMA5 - Labour market access declaration form (PDF 221KB)

Form LMA6 - Employment income declaration form (PDF 326KB)

Information booklet - Labour Market Access for International Protection Applicants (PDF 317KB)

European Communities (Reception Conditions) Regulations 2018

3. Temporary self-employment scheme

Since 9 February 2018, international protection applicants have had temporary access to the employment permits system operated by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. Applicants could also apply for a self-employment permission from the Department of Justice and Equality.

These measures were temporary, while we awaited confirmation by the European Commission of our opt-in to the EU Reception Conditions Directive, which has now been confirmed. This scheme is closed for new applications from 28 June 2018.

If you have a self-employment permission under the temporary scheme, and you have not received a first instance recommendation on your protection application, INIS will automatically issue you with a letter of permission to access the labour market (covering both employment and self-employment) for a period of six months. You do not need to make a new application.

If you have a self-employment permission, and you have received a first instance recommendation, but not a final decision on your protection application, you can renew your self-employment permission until you receive a final decision.

Please note more information will be available here shortly.

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Updated: 9 July 2018