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Self-employment permission

From 9 February 2018 until the end of June 2018, international protection applicants could 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. As this has now been confirmed, this scheme is closed for new applications after June 2018.

If you received a self-employment permission, 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 received 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.

Application form (LMA2 version 1.0)

Document icon Application for International Protection Self-Employment Permission renewal (PDF 263KB)

Signed and scanned forms can be emailed to the Labour Market Access Unit at

Completed forms can be submitted by post to:


INIS Labour Market Access Unit
PO Box 12931
Freepost FDN5264
Dublin 2


For further information on access to the labour market, please consult the “Labour market access” section of this website.


If you have questions, contact us.

Updated: 01 August 2018