Changes to right to work requirements for spouses and partners of General Employment Permit holders

May 31, 2024

On 15th May, the Minister for Justice and Enterprise, Trade and Employment announced that eligible spouses and partners of General Employment Permit and Intra-Corporate Transferee Irish Employment Permit holders, who have applied for, and have been granted family reunification, in accordance with the Non-EEA Family Reunification Policy, will now be registered on a Stamp 1G permission, rather than a Stamp 3.

Resultantly, this will allow the spouse or partner to take up employment without the need to obtain a separate employment permit. In addition, spouses and partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit holders and Researchers on a Hosting Agreement currently on a Stamp 3 are also now eligible for a Stamp 1G. The amended Stamp 3 to Stamp 1G permission comes into effect on the 15th May.

Eligible spouses and partners with an in-date Stamp 3 permission do not need to make an application to the Registration Office to change their permission from Stamp 3 to Stamp 1G or acquire a new IRP card. Such individuals can provide prospective employers with their in-date Stamp 3 permission in addition to this letter drafted by the Department of Justice as proof of entitlement to work, without the requirement for a separate Employment Permit. Please note that this arrangement is valid during the transition period until 15/05/2025. After this date, eligible spouses and partners will have renewed their IRP cards to Stamp 1G.

A new Irish Residence Permit on Stamp 1G conditions will issue to eligible persons when they seek to renew their current Stamp 3 permission upon its expiry.

For further information on this change, see here.