I got a job offer from a company based out of Dublin, Ireland.

The employer told me they won't be able to sponsor visa, but they will be able to help with required documents.

I am living in India, Is it possible to get the visa with just the offer letter? without having visa sponsorship from the employer?


As per https://dbei.gov.ie/en/What-We-Do/Workplace-and-Skills/Employment-Permits/Labour-Market-Needs-Test/, the employer needs to advertise in multiple media sources before hiring non-EU candidate.

I don't think the employer who offered me a offer letter did that, as I see they've posted the job offer in their site just a 3 weeks ago.

Is it necessary to meet all the requirements mentioned in the "Labour market needs test"?

  • What do you mean by ‘visa sponsorship’? Typically, a valid offer of employment is required. Have you checked the official website inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/visa-long-work? – Traveller Mar 5 '20 at 19:31
  • @Traveller I have updated my question based on the link you've provided. It seems just the valid offer of employment won't work unless if it is advertised in said media sources. – smc Mar 5 '20 at 20:53
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    Are you sure the offer is legitimate? It seems to me a reputable company based out of Dublin ought to be well aware of a very recently-introduced recruitment requirement. How much direct contact did you have with them before receiving the offer of employment? – Traveller Mar 5 '20 at 21:19
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the OP hasn’t returned to confirm the validity of the job offer. – Traveller Mar 6 '20 at 11:53
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    Why is the employer unable to sponsor your visa? A waiver is available for the Needs Test in certain circumstances dbei.gov.ie/en/What-We-Do/Workplace-and-Skills/… Do you / the employer / job qualify for a waiver and meet all the published criteria for a work permit? dbei.gov.ie/en/What-We-Do/Workplace-and-Skills/… – Traveller Mar 6 '20 at 14:49

To get a General Employment permit you need:

  • a job offer from a bona fide employer registered with the Revenue Commissioners and, if applicable, with the Companies Registration Office/Registry of Friendly Societies, and is trading in Ireland. If the employer won’t be able to sponsor your visa because they don’t meet this criteria, you can’t apply for a Permit.

  • to meet the eligibility criteria (eg remuneration level, relevant skills)

  • A Labour Market Needs Test, unless the job qualifies for a waiver https://dbei.gov.ie/en/What-We-Do/Workplace-and-Skills/Employment-Permits/Labour-Market-Needs-Test/

Source: https://dbei.gov.ie/en/What-We-Do/Workplace-and-Skills/Employment-Permits/Permit-Types/General-Employment-Permit/

  • I think they're not able to sponsor visa mostly because of budget issue than the above mentioned criteria (in point 1). I will double check with them, thanks a lot the info. – smc Mar 6 '20 at 15:16
  • Also, can you clarify "sponsor" means sponsoring the expenses for visa application? and the flight tickets etc? – smc Mar 6 '20 at 15:17
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    @smc If it’s the employer using the term, you should ask them exactly what they mean. Employers don’t have to pay the costs associated with a visa / relocation in order to be ‘sponsors’, it would depend on eg their recruitment and relocation policies. – Traveller Mar 6 '20 at 15:28

I am living in India, Is it possible to get the visa with just the offer letter? without having visa sponsorship from the employer?

The answer is simple - No.

Work visa require the employment permit issued the govt to the Irish employer to the worker.

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