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Spousal/Dependent work permit

For spouses or dependants of holders of work permits granted before 1 June 2009, there is no fee for spousal/dependant work permit applications or renewals.


Spouses/dependants of new applicants for work permit from 1 June 2009:

Changes to work permit arrangements for those who are applying for a work permit for the first time on or after 1 June 2009 mean their spouse and dependants must apply for work permits in their own right. Spousal/dependant work permits are not available to spouses and dependants of holders of new work permits applied for since 1 June 2009. Applying for a work permit in their own right means:

  • A labour market needs test will be required when applying for a work permit for a spouse or dependant. This means the vacancy must be advertised with FÁS/EURES for 8 weeks and in national media for 6 days
  • Fees are payable when applying for or renewing a work permit for a spouse or dependant
  • Applications for work permits for spouses or dependants will not be considered for occupations listed as ineligible for work permits

You can find further details in our document on work permits.

These changes do not apply to the spouses and dependants of those who have already been granted a work permit or who apply for a work permit before 1 June 2009.