“Ireland is competing with other knowledge economies for international talent to meet our labour market needs. I welcome the approach to provide a more user-friendly, intuitive, single-application system which will deliver a more seamless customer experience for users of the employment permits and entry visa systems. Reducing the bureaucratic burden for users and at the same time maintaining the integrity of both systems will also give more certainty to the processing timeframes for applications. The move to the single-application system will help improve our attractiveness for inward investment and for mobile and suitably skilled workers from across the globe.”
Membership of the Interdepartmental Working Group will comprise of representatives from the Department of Justice; the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment; the Department of Social Protection; the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage; the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science; the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; the Department of the Taoiseach and an Garda Síochána.