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Application requirements for an Employment Visa

A non-EEA national requires a Work Permit to work in Ireland (The European Economic Area (EEA) comprises the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).

If you are visa-required national and are travelling to Ireland to take up employment you should present the following with your visa application:


  • Passport, valid for 6 months after your intended date of departure from the State. Please include 2 photocopies of the passport bio page. If you have held a previous passport, you must submit your previous passport with your application.
  • Signed summary of your on-line application form. Please refer to our How to Apply Pagefor details.
  • 2 passport sized colour photos taken in the past six months that meet our specifications.
  • A signed letter of application outlining the nature and duration of your visit to Ireland and including contact details.
  • Photocopy and official English translation of applicant's hukou
  • Copy of 10-year Chinese immigration records from the National Immigration Administration Bureau ( This is a free service which is also available on WeChat.

Please follow these links for information on Visa Fees & VFS service charge and payment methods.

Please follow the link to find the application centre most convenient to you – information on Visa Application Centers.


The documents below are important because they provide information about your personal circumstances in the country from which you are applying.

The onus is on you to satisfy the Visa Officer that a visa should be granted for the purpose sought.

The submission of any or all of these documents does not guarantee that your application will be successful.

Original documents must be provided.

If you submit a document that is not in English, it must be accompanied by a full translation. Each translated document must contain:

  • confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document;
  • the date of the translation;
  • the translator’s full name and signature; and
  • the translator’s contact details.

All letters submitted from a business, company or other organisation should be on official headed paper and give full contact details so that they can be verified. These must include a full postal address, name of contact, position in the organisation, telephone number (landline), website, and email address (email addresses such as Yahoo or Hotmail are not accepted).

The Visa Officer considers each application on its own merits and may request additional information or documentation.


Your signed and dated summary application form and the appropriate fee (where applicable) must be accompanied by the supporting documentation set out below.

If you do not submit the required documentation your application may be refused on the basis of insufficient documentation.

Two colour passport sized photographs not more than 6 months old

Your name and visa application reference number must be printed clearly on the back. More information on photograph requirements here.

Your current passport and a full copy of all previous passports

Your current passport must be valid for at least 12 months after your proposed date of arrival in Ireland.

A signed letter of application including your full contact details

  • outlining your reason for wanting to come to Ireland,
  • providing details of any members of your family who are currently in Ireland, or any other EU Member State,
  • providing details of how long you intend to stay in Ireland,
  • providing details of where you intend to stay while you are in Ireland,
  • undertaking that you will observe the conditions of your visa, that you will not become a burden on the State, and that you will leave the State on the expiry of your permission to remain.

Employment Permit from the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation

You must provide one of the following with your application:

  • Critical Skills Employment Permit,
  • General Employment Permit,
  • Intra-Company Transfer Employment Permit,
  • Contract for Services Employment Permit,
  • Exchange Agreement Employment permit,
  • Internship Employment Permit,
  • Sports & Cultural Employment Permit,

Employment Contract (if any)

Letter from employer in Ireland

  • confirming details of the job you will take up,
  • the salary you will be paid, and if the employer is providing you with accommodation, details of the accommodation.

Evidence of qualifications and previous work experience must be submitted in support of the visa application.

Evidence of qualifications and previous work experience

Evidence of qualifications and previous work experience must be submitted in support of the visa application. Examples in which experience and qualifications could potentially be demonstrated include :

  • 3 most recent payslips,
  • regular salary payments to your personal bank account,
  • employment letter from your current employer,
  • personal tax statements,
  • professional certificates, training certificates etc.


  • You must provide an up-to-date bank statement, showing what money has been paid into and out of the account over the last six months, and showing sufficient funds to cover your costs.
  • Bank statements must be on headed paper - internet printouts will not be accepted.
  • Your name, account number and account type must be visible on the statement. Any large lodgements must be explained.

Medical/Travel Insurance

Evidence of medical/travel insurance does not need to be provided with your application. However, the Visa Officer may request it before they make a decision on your application.

If your visa is approved, you must have evidence of medical/travel insurance when you arrive at the port of entry (airport/seaport) and must present it to the Immigration Officer on request.

Previous Visa Refusals

If you have been refused a visa in the past for any country, you must provide full details, including the reason for refusal.

The original letter issued to you by the authorities of that country must be provided with your application.

Not disclosing any previous visa refusals will result in your application being refused.


All documents accompanying your application must be originals.

You should keep copies of all the documents that you provide.

Original documents such as marriage/birth/death certificates will be returned to you. However, other documents such as bank statements or letters of invitation will not be returned.

If there are particular documents that you wish to have returned, please provide a list of these documents with the application.


You are not permitted to take up any form of employment, other than that for which you have already been approved.


Do not include false or misleading information or documents in your application. If you do, your application will be refused. In some circumstances, such as the provision of false employment details and false bank statements your visa application will be refused and you will not be allowed to apply for an Irish Visa for a period of 5 years.


If you engage the services of an agent to assist in your visa application, the onus rests on the applicant to ensure that no false or misleading information is submitted.