Coming to Ireland

Coming to Ireland to work

Citizens Information

This site provides information on public services and entitlements in Ireland. It contains information about the rights of EU nationals and non-EU nationals to work in Ireland. Outlines the criteria regarding the need for employment permits and includes information on how to apply for an employment permit There is information for Irish citizens who have not lived in Ireland before and for Irish people who are returning to Ireland after living abroad.

Reception and Integration Agency

RIA is a functional unit of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS), a division of the Department of Justice and Equality.  RIA is charged with providing accommodation and ancillary services to asylum seekers under the Direct Provision system, which provides asylum seeker residents with full board accommodation free of utility or other cost. Under this system, RIA seeks to ensure that the material needs of residents, in the period during which their applications for international protection are being processed, are met.

Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is a department of the Government of Ireland. It is led by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation who is assisted by two Ministers of State. It is one of the most important economic departments in the Irish Government, responsible for the implementation of policy in five key areas:

  • Enterprise, Innovation, Growth
  • Quality Work and Learning
  • Making Markets and Regulation work better
  • Quality, Value and Continuous Improvement
  • The European Union.

The Department is organised into five divisions. They are:

  • Innovation and Investment Division
  • Enterprise and Trade Division
  • Commerce, Consumer and Competition Division
  • Employment Rights and Industrial Relations Division
  • Corporate Services

Euraxess Ireland
Pursuing a career in research is tough work - especially when you move country - but balancing this with family responsibilities can be even more challenging! In this section, the EURAXESS Ireland portal will guide you through moving to, working, and living in Ireland.


SOLAS is the new Further Education and Training Authority in Ireland. It is responsible for funding, planning and co-ordinating training and further education programmes.


Coming to Ireland to study

National Learners Database

Qualifax is Ireland’s National Learners’ Database. It is the "one stop shop" for learners. It provides the most comprehensive information on further and higher education and training courses. Qualifax has developed services to ensure that you have all the information you need to make informed choices about your education, training and career paths.

National Framework of Qualifications

The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is a ten-level system (1–10) giving an academic or vocational value to qualifications obtained in Ireland.

NFQ levels help indicate how an award can be used for training, education and employment opportunities (see fan diagram).

Each level is based on nationally agreed standards of what a learner is expected to know and be able to do after receiving an award. QQI is Ireland's guardian of the NFQ system. It is responsible for the quality assurance of providers of education and training. It also has responsibility for the validation of qualifications and makes some awards.

Recognition of Foreign Academic Qualifications in Ireland - NARIC IRELAND 

Hosted by QQI, NARIC Ireland provides free advice on the recognition of foreign qualifications in Ireland.  NARIC Ireland has compiled a qualifications database of comparability statements for hundreds of foreign qualifications.  Each comparability statement includes a comparable award-type and level on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

The comparability information provided is advisory in nature and is based on the understanding that the qualification is awarded by a nationally recognised awarding body in the country of origin. 

To find out more about the NARIC Ireland service click here.


Europass is an initiative which aims to  help you make your skills  and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe - whether you are enrolling in an education or training programme, looking for a job, or getting experience abroad.

European Qualifications Framework

The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) acts as a translation device to make national qualifications more readable across Europe, promoting workers' and learners' mobility between countries and facilitating their lifelong learning.

Education in Ireland

Enterprise Ireland manages the Education in Ireland national brand under the authority of the Minister for Education and Skills. Enterprise Ireland is responsible for the promotion of Irish Higher Education Institutions overseas.

Ireland’s worldwide reputation for high quality education is built on the solid foundation of commitment to excellence. Ireland offers the warmest of welcomes to students from all over the world.

Institutes of Technology Central Evaluation Forum (IOTCEF)

The purpose of the Institutes of Technology Central Evaluation Forum (IOTCEF) is to provide an open and transparent central scoring system for applicants presenting European school leaving qualifications (outside the Republic of Ireland) , applicants from outside the EU, and applicants from both within and outside the EU whose first language is not English.

Central Applications Office (CAO)

The Central Applications Office processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).


A network of centres linking together the Careers Guidance systems in Europe euroguidance promotes mobility, helping guidance counsellors and individuals to better understand the opportunities available to European citizens throughout Europe.

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