In an announcement published on 14th June 2021, Minister Damien English confirmed that healthcare assistants will now be eligible to apply for employment permits in the State.
Eligibility for employment permits in Ireland is determined by the critical skills list and ineligible occupations list which are reviewed twice a year.
In deciding to remove healthcare assistants from the ineligible list it was noted that:
‘evidence within the healthcare sector suggest increasing competition for skilled candidates in several healthcare roles.’
In order to be eligible applicants must have a QQI Level 5 qualification after two years of employment.
Minister English commented that:
‘Our economic migration policy accommodates the arrival of non-EEA nationals to fill skills and labour gaps in the domestic economy in the short to medium term.’
The full announcement can be read at:
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