ANNOUNCEMENT 15 Apr 2009In April 2009, the government of Ireland announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.
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Department for Enterprise, Trade & Employment. (15 April 2009). T?naiste announces revised Employment Permit arrangements for foreign nationals seeking to work in Ireland. Available at http://www.entemp.ie/press/2009/20090415.htm
Department for Enterprise, Trade & Employment. (15 April 2009). REVISED ARRANGEMENTS FOR GREEN CARD SCHEME, APRIL 2009. Available at http://www.entemp.ie/labour/workpermits/revisedgreencard.htm
Department for Enterprise, Trade & Employment. (15 April 2009). Changes to Work Permits Arrangements, April 2009. Available at http://www.entemp.ie//labour/workpermits/revisedworkpermitarrangements%20-%20june%202009.htm
On 15 April 2009, the Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment announced changes to the work permit and green card regimes of Ireland. From 1 June 2009, the Irish government will restrict eligiblity and impose tougher tests before work permits are granted or renewed. Also, various occupations with medium-level salaries have been declared uneligible for green cards. The new policy seeks "to allow the maximum opportunity for any available job vacancies to be filled from within the Irish labour market and wider EEA".
Specific restrictions on work permits include:
The following occupations with a salary between EUR30,000 and EUR60,000 have been removed from the Green Card List:
These occupations continue to be eligible for salaries of EUR60,000 or more.