New Rules that allow asylum seekers the Right to Work explained here
From 2nd July, asylum seekers are allowed permission to access the labour market, this permission will allow you to access employment and self-employment. It will be valid for 6 months. You can renew the permission if you have not received a final decision on your international protection application within the 6 months. A final decision means when you have completed all appeals procedures, including judicial review proceedings.
You are eligible to apply if:
- You are an international protection applicant; and
- You have not received a first instance recommendation within 8 months; and
- You are cooperating with the international protection process – delays in receiving a recommendation must not be due to any actions taken by you.
You can apply if you have not received a permission after 8 months. Your permission will become valid after 9 months.
How to apply
You can access the application form here http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/form-LMA3.pdf/Files/form-LMA3.pdf
Here is the information leaflet that is available on the Departments website
If your application is successful
If your application is successful, INIS will issue you a permission letter. Once you begin working, your employer (or you, if self-employed) must complete the declaration form LMA5 below.
You must also get your employer to complete the declaration form LMA6 below. These forms must be returned to the following address:
Reception and Integration Agency
PO Box 11487
Temporary self-employment scheme
Since 9 February 2018, international protection applicants have had temporary access to the employment permits system operated by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. Applicants could also apply for a self-employment permission from the Department of Justice and Equality.
These measures were temporary, while we awaited confirmation by the European Commission of our opt-in to the EU Reception Conditions Directive, which has now been confirmed. This scheme is closed for new applications from 28 June 2018.
If you have a self-employment permission under the temporary scheme, and you have not received a first instance recommendation on your protection application, INIS will automatically issue you with a letter of permission to access the labour market (covering both employment and self-employment) for a period of six months. You do not need to make a new application.
If you have a self-employment permission, and you have received a first instance recommendation, but not a final decision on your protection application, you can renew your self-employment permission until you receive a final decision.
The Department website states that more information will be available shortly.
If you have questions, please contact us.