Online Employment Permit System for the DJEI and legislative changes introduced

A new Employment Permits Online System (EPOS) for the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) will be implemented for Employment Permits in September 2016. Once rolled out, Employment Permit applications, and the submission of supporting documentation, can be made online via EPOS – along with payments of fees (where applicable) by credit/debit card through a secure payment gateway. 
The Employment Permits Online System is being implemented and is being marketed as:
Intuitive online user experience
Ease of application completion with helpful information and relevant mandatory fields
Mandatory documentation identified per permit type with helpful information
Fast turnaround of applications
Applications in the initial stages should be made aware that there could be a slowdown in processing. There could also be a change in the documents required (different forms, signatures required, etc.). The DJEI have not currently released the new changeover date for implementation and if there will be a window for submission of old applications.
The following changes to legislation took effect on August 2:
The minimum period a Trainee under the Intra-Company Transfer Employment Permit Scheme is required to be in the employment of a foreign employer has been reduced from six to one month
Clarification on information to be submitted by employers who use the SEPA Direct Debit online facility to make returns to Revenue Commissioners
Where an application is made in respect of an occupation listed in Part C, Schedule 2, a copy of the foreign national’s registration with/or recognition of their qualifications by an appropriate regulatory body, or Minister listed in Part C is required to be provided with an application for grant or renewal of an employment permit
Where an application is made in respect of accountants working in MNC Global Audit Services, a copy of the foreign national’s registration with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) or the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) is required to be provided 
Clarification provided to be eligible for an employment permit as an executive chef, head chef, sous chef or specialist chef; each must be specializing in non-EEA cuisine
New employment permit application forms incorporating these changes will be made available from the Department shortly
Changes to highly skilled and ineligible occupation lists for employment permits 
The following occupations have been added to the HSEOL: 
Respiratory physiologists
Accountants working in MNC Global Audit Services
Tax consultants specializing in non-EEA tax consultancy 
For a full list of highly skilled occupations, click here.
Appointment System for GNIB registration in Dublin
In line with the move to appointment systems (re-entry visa system last September), Irish Naturalisation and Immigrations Services (INIS) have also advised that they will introduce an appointment system for GNIB registrations (registration of residency). 
Further updates are expected here
Irish passport renewal process
Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs has announced that the passport renewal process will be digitized. Passports are currently renewed through the Irish Passport Office; however, starting in early 2017, it will be possible to process applications online. The new system will reduce paperwork and streamline the renewal process. Given that half of applications made to the Passport Office are made by Irish citizens seeking to renew their passports, this change will cut down the waiting times. 
This summary was prepared using Ireland’s government website (DJEI). 
Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further enquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact the Regional Immigration Manager, EMEA, Vladimir Dziak: