Changes in Access to Irish labour Market for Romanian and Bulgarian Nationals

27 Mar 2012

The Government has announced that Romanian and Bulgarian nationals resident in Ireland who are the parents of an Irish-born child (IBC) will no longer need an employment permit to work in the State.

In March 2011, the European Court of Justice handed down its ruling in the Zambrano case. The Court held that an EU member state could not refuse the third country national parent of a dependent EU citizen child the right to live and work in the member state of which the child is a citizen.

The Irish government are now permitting Romanian and Bulgarian parents of Irish citizen children access to the Irish labour market without the need for work permits. View The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation website for updates.