The Government has today announced it is to make it more difficult for foreign nationals to seek employment in Ireland by introducing revised legislation for work permits.
The changes, which are to come into effect from June 1st, will apply primarily to first-time entrants to the labour market.
Under the new arrangements, permits will not be granted for jobs paying under €30,000 per annum. Permits will also not be given for a number of professions including domestic workers and HGV drivers.
In addition, the length of time that employers have to advertise jobs will be increased and tougher conditions for the renewal of permits - including higher fees - will also apply.
A further change will see spouses and dependants of future work permit holders having to apply for permits in their own right.