July 31, 2012

Ireland’s Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) has issued a new regulation that now immediately grants unrestricted work authorization to Bulgarian and Romanian nationals workers.

What’s Changed?

According to the European Commission of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, member states of the European Union can implement measures to integrate the newest member-state nationals of Bulgaria and Romania (also known as “accession country” nationals). However, under transitional measures, all EU member states must grant full freedom of movement and access to labor markets to Bulgarians and Romanians no later than January 1, 2014.

On July 20, 2012, the DJEI officially announced (http://www.djei.ie/press/2012/20120720a.htm) its decision to move forward the mandated transition date and immediately abolish all Employment Permit requirements for Bulgarian and Romanian national workers.

With this recent announcement, Ireland will now permit nationals of any European Economic Area (EEA)* member state and nationals of Switzerland to work without requiring prior authorization.

Please note that while Employment Permits will no longer be required for EEA and Swiss nationals, nationals intending to reside in Ireland for stays exceeding three months should review Irish residence guidelines: http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/moving_country/moving_to_ireland/rights_of_residence_in_ireland/residence_rights_eu_national.html


The DJEI’s decision to abolish Employment Permits well in advance of the mandated January 2014 transition date is welcome news to Bulgarian and Romanian nationals seeking to work in Ireland. Companies wishing to sponsor these nationals for assignments will not be required to initiate any work authorization prior to their arrival in Ireland.

Glenn Faulk, Senior Manager, Knowledge Management, has written this alert.

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*The EEA comprises all member states of the European Union in addition to Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.