105. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if persons who have been granted temporary permission to remain here for four months on stamp 1 conditions to enable an employer apply for an employment permit on their behalf are eligible to apply for this employment permit despite the fact that they are employed in a category that is deemed ineligible for employment permits; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45976/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that there are a range of circumstances where it may consider an application for permission to reside in this State to facilitate an application for an employment permit to the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI).
These include cases where a person previously held an employment permit but fell out of the system through no fault of their own and they intend to apply to DBEI for an Employment Reactivation Permit. Other circumstances may involve individuals who want to apply for a new employment permit with a new employer or had a change in their personal circumstances and their permission to reside in this State has expired or is due to expire.
I am further informed that such applications are dealt with on a case by case basis by INIS and may result in the grant of temporary permission to remain in the State on Stamp 1 conditions in order to allow the individual concerned to apply to DBEI for an employment permit. However, the Deputy will appreciate that INIS has no role in deciding whether the person concerned will be granted an employment permit.