Ireland has modified the requirements for the workers seeking permits under the Green Card scheme.
The revision of the Green Card scheme has changed the list of the employment sectors eligible for a work permit. Some categories have been removed from the list, which means that work permits will not be issued for some positions in the healthcare, financial services and industry. Furthermore, work permits will not be issued for the jobs with the salary range under €30,000 per annum.
Further two changes have been made to the labour market assessment scheme and the access of labour migrant spouses to the labour market, which will come into force on June 1, 2009. The labour market assessment period has been extended. It means that the job advertisement period should be for 8 weeks and 6 additional days in the local media. This step ensures that maximum efforts have been undertaken to utilize the local labour skills.
As of June 1, 2009, spouses and dependents of the labour migrants are responsible to secure their own work permit, which also includes the requirement to go through the labour market assessment test.
For further details, including the list of the categories removed from the Green Card scheme, please see http://www.entemp.ie/labour/workpermits/revisedgreencard.htm