NERA ups Visa inspections

14 August 2009 | 0

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The National Employment Rights Authority will be increasing enquiries into the enforcement of student visa laws. With a visa, international students may only be employed casually for a maximum of 20 hours a week during term time, increasing to 40 hours (full-time) during holidays. Only students attending a full-time course may take up employment and they must be registered with the Garda National Immigration Bureau. Students who will be in Ireland for less than 90 days do not qualify for employment.

NERA requires a number of documents to be readily available during inspections, including each employee’s terms of employment, PPS number, payroll details, and more; a full list is available on www.employmentrights.ie. The Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association has released a reminder of the laws to its members and encourages them to comply, as the maximum fine for failing to adhere with the student visa laws is €10,000.

 

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