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 Enterprise, Trade and Employment - DETE

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment leads in advising and implementing the Government's policies of stimulating the productive capacity of the economy and creating an environment which enables employment creation and sustainability. The Department is also charged with promoting fair competition in the marketplace, protecting consumers and safeguarding workers.

  • Enterprise Innovation 
  • Trade and Investment
  • Supports for SMEs
  • The Business Environment
  • Workplace and Skills
  • EU and Internal Market
  • Company and Corporate Law
  • Consumer and Competition

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.


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.

Central Applications Office (CAO)

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

Agreed entry requirements criteria for EU/EFTA Applicants (other than Irish Leaving Certificate)  

The purpose of this document on Entry Requirements for EU students presenting with qualifications (other than the Irish School Leaving Certificate Examination) is to provide a framework for comparisons of European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) qualifications for entry to undergraduate Degree Programmes in Irish Universities.


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.

Irish Refugee Council

Education Information Booklet 2020/21 (pdf) - Education in Ireland: A guide for people seeking asylum, those with refugee status, subsidiary protection or permission to remain.


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

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