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Employment Permits Act 2003

This Act was introduced to facilitate free access to the Irish labour market to nationals of the new EU Accession States after 1 May 2004. There are, therefore, no longer any requirements for citizens of those Member States to have work permits or visas. The Act also allows the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to re-impose a requirement for employment permits in respect of nationals of the Accession States post-2004, if the labour market is experiencing or is likely to experience a “disturbance”. The Act also incorporates a provision whereby, for the first time, the requirements for employment permits in respect of non-Irish nationals working in Ireland are set out in primary legislation, together with penalties for non-compliance by both employers and employees.

Date: 10 April 2003
Legislation Type:Act (IE)
Geographical Focus:Ireland
In Force:Yes
Opt In:Not applicable
Categories:EU Treaty Rights, Visa
Keywords:Employee; Employer; Employment; Free Movement; Freedom of Movement (Right to); Migrant Worker; Migration (Labour); Union Citizen; Visa;

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Key legislation

Irish Nationality and Citizenship Acts 1956-2004

citizenship - naturalisation


Immigration Act 2004

immigration - entry into Ireland (legal and illegal) - visa - residence - detention - carrier liability

Immigration Act 2003

immigration - carrier liability - border controls - deportation - detention

Immigration Act 1999

immigration - deportation - detention - exclusion


Refugee Act 1996

refugee status - non-refoulement - asylum - family reunification - Dublin Convention


Employment Permits Act 2006

employment permits - employment of legally resident third country national - labour migration

Employment Permits Act 2003

free movement - EU citizens - EU accession 2004 - labour migration - employment permits


European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003

human rights - freedom of movement (right to) - non-refoulement - explusion

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