The requirement for spouses and de-facto partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit holders to obtain an employment permit has now been removed by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) will grant eligible spouses and de-facto partners of CSEP holders permission to reside in this State on Stamp 1 Conditions which provides direct access to the labour market without the need to obtain an employment permit.
Arrangements for spouses/partners who already hold a ‘stamp 3’ permission
It is open to spouses and de facto partners of persons who are currently resident in Ireland on Stamp 3 conditions to attend their local immigration office with their spouse/de-facto partner who is the holder of a CSEP to obtain a permission to reside on Stamp 1 conditions without the need for an employment permit. They must provide a copy of the CSEP.
The local immigration officer will issue eligible persons a new Irish Residence Permit (IRP) on Stamp 1 conditions without the need for a DPSEP.
New preclearance arrangement
On 1 April 2019 a new preclearance policy will be introduced for the non-EEA de-facto Partners of CSEP holders. This will apply to both visa and non-visa required nationals. This will provide certainty to applicants in this category prior to their arrival in the State and make the immigration process as straightforward as possible both at arrival at the port of entry and on registration of their immigration permission.
Further details in relation to eligibility and the application process can be found on the INIS website. Members should consult the INIS website first before contacting INIS with queries.