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Visa to Work in Ireland

Published 19 August 2016

Do I need a visa?

​List of countries that need a work visa


                                     Click on each box for more detailed information.

EU Citizens

If you have an EU passport you will be eligible to work in Ireland as a nurse without applying for a work visa.

Non-EU Citizens

If you are a non-EU citizen, you may need a visa to work in Ireland as a nurse. Nurses usually qualify for the Critical Skills Visa. You can confirm this by checking the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List which lists applicants with the skills which may allow them to apply for this work visa in Ireland. 

How to apply

You or your employer can apply for a Critical Skills Employment Permit. The employment permit will be issued to the prospective employee (a certified copy will issue to the employer). The permit allows the prospective employee to be employed as a nurse in Ireland by the named employer. This work visa is only issued to nurses who have secured a job offer of 2 years’ duration. For job offers of less than 2 years, a General Employment Permit may be applied for.


The processing fee for a Critical Skills Employment Permit is €1,000. If an application is unsuccessful then 90% of the fee will be refunded. While the fee may be paid by a third party, current policy restricts refunds to applicants only. Learn more here.

The Nurse Jobs Ireland team can only assist you once you have your Decision Letter  from the NMBI.


More detailed information can be found on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website.

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