Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation
if he will review an application for an employment permit in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Offaly; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton):
My Department processes applications in respect of the different types of employment permits (Green Cards Permits, Work Permits, Spousal/Dependant Permits and Intra-company Transfer Permits). All applications are processed in line with the Employment Permits Act 2006.
I wish to advise the Deputy that this particular application was refused on the 15th March 2011 on the grounds that it is current Government policy to issue new employment permits only in respect of:
highly skilled, highly paid positions or;
non-EEA nationals who are already legally resident in the State on valid employment permits or;
where there is an officially recognised scarcity of workers of a particular type or qualification. A list of the ineligible job categories for employment permits is available at my Department’s website at www.deti.ie.
Furthermore, it appeared from the information submitted that the proposed employee was currently resident in the State without immigration permission.
An appeal in respect of this decision was received in my Department on the 30th March 2011. A decision is expected on this appeal in the next 1-2 weeks.