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Information for undocumented migrants in relation to employment permits

By 13 June 2019January 20th, 2020No Comments

There seems to be a lot of discussion about employment permits lately. We have heard about some companies who are offering the service to apply for an employment permit for undocumented migrants and charging a lot of money.

We want to make sure you have all the information you need before paying high fees or declaring your status to the authorities.

We do not know of anyone who has been successful in applying for an employment permit with one of these companies without first having an immigration status.

We know it is really hard when you are undocumented and want to regularize your status.  However, we believe it is not possible to get an employment permit without an up to date immigration status.

Stay safe! If you are being promised a work permit and are undocumented please come to us for more informationWe will explain to you the risks involved and the chances of success and then you can make up your own mind.

See below some information we have taken from the Irish Statute Book & the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation website about employment permits.

  • Section 12 of the employment permits act (2006) states that: The Minister may refuse to grant an employment permit if the foreign national concerned  lands or has landed, or is or has been, in the State without permission.
  • On the FAQ list on the Department of Business website for employment permit applications it lists the following as employee details that need to be included: If resident in the State confirm on what basis and provide your GNIB/Irish Resident’s Permit Pin.
  • Finally DBEI list the most common reasons for refusal of an employment permit and in this list we see:
    • Immigration Status

If you are refused an employment permit you may also be at risk of your details being passed to INIS and you could receive a section 3 notification of intention to deport.

Still confused?? Please send us your questions about this to or 0833480170. We would be delighted to provide more information and talk you through your options.