The ministry states that a work permit holder may continue to work while their renewal application is being processed and that no person is invited, in such cases, to stop work or leave the country where the work permit has expired. If a work permit has been issued, the authorization holder may apply to the Department of Justice and Equality to update their immigration permit. All of these authorizations, which are returned accordingly to the work permit section, are modified in the Permits employment management system to “Cancelled” status, and these authorizations are no longer valid. Following a successful work permit application and if a visa is required, an applicant must apply for an entry visa at their local Irish embassy/consulate. An online visa application form is available under www.inis.gov.ie. .