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Written Answers - Work Permits

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 762 No. 1

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 106.  Deputy Michael McGrath Information on Michael McGrath Zoom on Michael McGrath  asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton  the position regarding an application for an employment permit in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [19571/12]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton I wish to advise the Deputy that this Work Permit application was refused on 10 April 2012 on the grounds that it is current Government policy to issue new employment permits only in respect of:

[180] highly skilled, highly paid positions or;

non-EEA nationals who are already legally resident in the State on valid employment permits or;

positions requiring specialist or scarce skills, expertise or qualifications which cannot be filled elsewise.

Furthermore permits are issued in respect of employment where it is established that a minimum salary of €30,000 per annum is on offer, based on a 39 hour week. In this instance the salary advertised for the post was €30,000 but this did not correspond with the salary proposed for this application.

The applicant was notified of this decision in writing and of their right to appeal this decision within 21 days. To-date no such appeal has been received in the Employment Permits Section.

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