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EEA/Swiss nationals living in Ireland for 5 years become Permanent Residents due to the operation of European law.joesoap101 wrote:No it is absolutely nothing like permanent residency. There is no equivalent of ILR in Ireland. The only long term categories at present are long term residency which can be applied for after 5 years, giving you permission to remain for a further 5 years, and exemption from the requirement to obtain work permits (not always the case). A stamp giving permission to remain without condition as to time after 8 years of residency, neither of these come near to providing the same rights as ILR in the UK.
And it's worth noting that permanent residence is not required in order to apply for naturalisation.Initial permission for 2 years, then renewable for 3 years - which will have to be renewed again if you apply for naturalisation because processing of naturalisation takes 2-3 years.
Oh bloody so confusing, they have named it as green card making it sound like ILR in US. But apparently its more or less like HSMP in UK....joesoap101 wrote: Calling it a green card is an attempt to make it seem like the US green card when in fact it is nothing of the sort!
I don't know where the date of 2012 comes from.joesoap101 wrote:JAJ I think most people would be aware of the European legislation regarding permanent residency, however that is irrelevant to the topic which concerns only non-EU nationals. You forgot to mention that not only are EEA/Swiss nationals eligible but also family members of EEA/Swiss nationals and that the first opportunity anyone will be eligible to apply for this is in 2012.
I don't have anything more just yet, but this fleshes out a few details.Employment Permits Act 2006 – Transitional Economic Migration Arrangements January-February 2007
The Employment Permits Act 2006 was brought into force with effect from 1 January 2007. This legislation puts in place the statutory framework to facilitate the new economic migration arrangements including green card employment permits for highly skilled occupations where there are skills shortages. The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment will launch these new arrangements on 24 January and they will be implemented from 1 February.
The transitional arrangements are as follows:
Work Permit Applications received before 1 January 2007
Applications that were received before 1 January 2007 are being examined and processed in accordance with the regime in place up to that time.
Work Permit Applications received during January 2007
Work permit applications received during January will be assessed and granted in the same manner as before consistent with the requirements of the Employment Permits Act 2006. This means for example that the permits will be granted to the employee and will be accompanied by the information referred to in the Act.
Work Permit Applications received after 31 January 2007
Work Permit applications received after 31 January will be processed and assessed in accordance with the new arrangements. These new arrangements will include new work permit application forms, new work permits with additional security features and a strengthened labour market test, including evidence of advertising in national newspapers.
Work Visa/Work Authorisations/Green Cards
With effect from 1 January 2007, Irish embassies abroad and, where applicable the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform are not accepting new Work Visa/Work Authorisation applications and this scheme has been discontinued.
It is being replaced by the Green Card which will come into operation from 1 February. Any urgent Work Visa/Work Authorisations applications received before 1 February will be dealt with by issuing work permits (in respect of which applications may be made to convert them to Green Cards, if eligible, after 1 February).