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Are You A Migrant Health Care Assistant Working In Ireland On A General Employment Permit?

If so, there's an important update you need to be aware of. The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE) has recently issued a notice that introduces changes to the renewal process for General Employment Permits in the Health Care Assistant role. This blog will provide you with all the necessary information about these changes and how they might affect you.



In June 2021, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE) introduced the General Employment Permit for the role of Health Care Assistant in Ireland. This permit allowed qualified individuals to work in the healthcare sector to support the growing demand for healthcare services. To be eligible for this permit, the employment offered must have a remuneration level of €27,000 or more, and the permit holder was required to achieve a relevant Level 5 Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) qualification after two years of employment in the country.


🇮🇪 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐭𝐨 𝐑𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐚𝐥

The DETE has been in close collaboration with the Department of Health to ensure that Health Care Assistants maintain a high level of skills and proficiency during their employment. As part of this effort, a new approach to the renewal process of the General Employment Permit for Health Care Assistants has been agreed upon.


If you possess health and social care qualifications that are comparable to a Level 5 QQI qualification, you will now be deemed to have met the skills and proficiency requirements for the renewal of your general employment permit. This means that if you have qualifications that are considered equivalent to a Level 5 QQI, you won't necessarily need to obtain the QQI qualification to renew your permit.


🔄 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐑𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐚𝐥 🔄

To facilitate this new approach, a specific process has been put in place for the renewal of the General Employment Permit for Health Care Assistants:

🍀 Certification by Clinical Lead: The clinical lead in the healthcare facility where you work will need to certify that you have demonstrated the technical ability, qualifications, and suitability for the Health Care Assistant role during your employment.

🍀 Form Completion: You, your employer, and the clinical lead should complete the required form. This form will include details about your qualifications and skills.

🍀 Submission: Once the form is completed, it needs to be submitted to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment as part of your application for the renewal of your General Employment Permit.


👨🏻‍⚕️𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐋𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝟓 𝐐𝐐𝐈 𝐐𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧

If you have already obtained the relevant Level 5 QQI qualification, you can proceed with the standard renewal process. Make sure to follow the existing guidelines for the renewal of your General Employment Permit.


👩🏻‍⚕️𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐋𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝟓 𝐐𝐐𝐈 𝐐𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧

If you haven't attained the Level 5 QQI qualification, you will need to download a specific form. This form should be completed in its entirety and submitted through the Employment Permits Operations System (EPOS) along with the necessary renewal documents.


The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment's update regarding the renewal process for the General Employment Permit for Health Care Assistants brings important changes that aim to recognize a broader range of qualifications. If you possess qualifications comparable to a Level 5 QQI, you have a pathway to renew your permit without obtaining the QQI qualification. It's essential to ensure you follow the new process accurately and submit all required forms and documents for a seamless renewal experience. Stay informed, keep track of your qualifications, and continue contributing to the healthcare sector in Ireland as a valued Health Care Assistant.


𝐀𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐄𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐲𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐈𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝!

Are you a Health Care Assistant working in Ireland on a General Employment Permit? 🏥 Exciting news! The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE) has introduced an important update to the renewal process that you need to know about.


In June 2021, the General Employment Permit was introduced for Health Care Assistants to support the booming healthcare sector. The recent update offers an alternative renewal approach for those with qualifications comparable to Level 5 QQI. 📜✨


Here's the scoop: 🔍 Clinical Lead certification of skills and suitability. 📝 Complete the required form. 📬 Submit to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.


If you hold a Level 5 QQI qualification, follow the standard renewal process. For others, there's a specific form to complete for renewal.

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