Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Dáil Eireann Debate
227. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if a work authorisation granted to a non-EU citizen which is valid until November 2010 could be used up to that date should that person be made redundant due to the economic situation; if they can transfer to another employer in those circumstances; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34456/09]
Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Deputy Dara Calleary): The position is that holders of Working Visas or Work Authorisations are allowed to change their employers within the same skills category as specified on their original Visa or Authorisation.
However, if the non-EEA national is made redundant, then they have a period of 6 months from the date of their redundancy to source another employer. In the event that they are unable to source another employer within that timeframe then they should contact the Immigration Authorities of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform to establish their immigration status beyond that period.
Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Deputy Dara Calleary): The Employment Permits Section informs me that a total of 13 new permits have been issued to non-EEA nationals under the Graduate Scheme from the 1st July 2009.
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