A Critical Skills Employment Permit scheme is in place in Ireland to help migrants enter Ireland from NON EEA countries who are going to work in occupations where there are strategic skills shortages.(Before Oct 2014 this was known as the Green Card Scheme)
Critical Skills Employment Permits (CSEP) are issued by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
Either the employer or the employee can apply for the permit which must be based on an offer of employment. The job offer must be from a company or employer who is registered with Revenue, trading in Ireland and registered with the Companies Registration Office. You must be directly employed and paid by your employer in Ireland. Job offers from recruitment agencies are not acceptable. The job offer must be for 2 years or more.
Most jobs with a salary of €60,000 per annum are eligible for CSEP – list of excluded jobs here.
Permits are available for jobs in the annual salary range €30,000 – €59,999 (excluding bonuses) – but only for these strategically important occupations – occupations shown here