Indian man fined for using “sham” job to get Irish work permit

Indian man fined for using “sham” job to get Irish work permit

AN IT professional, who used a “sham” job to get a green card to work in Ireland, has been fined €1,000.

Father-of-one, Gurdeef Singh (30) who has an address at Turret Road, Palmerstown, Dublin 20, pleaded guilty to two charges under the 2006 Employment Permits Act.

He claims he handed over all his savings to another person who offered to help him stay in the country.

Prosecuting counsel Rosemary Healy-Rae told Judge John O'Neill at Dublin District Court that on Jan. 23, 2014, Singh furnished false and misleading information to the Workplace Relations Commission on his application for an employment permit.

Counsel said it was the prosecution's case that the accused's job offer was “just a sham” which he used with intent to deceive.

Judge O'Neill heard that the green card employment permit is to attract highly skilled people to the Irish labour market where there is a shortage.

The offence can result in fines of up to €5,000 per charge as well as a jail sentence of up to 12 months.

Workplace Relations Commission inspector Leonard Carrigan told the court that the applications are “employer specific”.

He said Singh applied for a green card stating he had obtained a job with a €33,000 annual salary with a software developer.

He then brought the form to the Garda National Immigration Bureau and was issued a permit.

Mr Carrigan said he carried out an inspection and found that Singh never worked for the employer he named.

Defence counsel Leanora Frawley asked the court to note that Singh came to Ireland when he was aged 19 to study. She said he studied hard and was planning on making a life in Ireland but there were changes to the regulations.

After his student visa expired he was approached by a person who said that for a considerable some they could assist him obtain a work permit, counsel said.

The defence said these individuals approach vulnerable people like Singh.

Ms Frawley said he has lost his connection with India and has child here. He handed over his savings to enable him to stay. 

Before the case came to court he also wrote a letter to the Department of Justice to apologise and he has no prior criminal convictions, the court heard.

The prosecution said he is no longer legally in the State but his counsel countered that he remained to deal with this case.

Judge O'Neill accepted Singh was in “dire straits” and he said he had sympathy for him but he had to record a conviction and he fined him.