The Atypical Working Scheme facilitates short-term contract work that is not covered under one of the nine Employment Permit options offered by Ireland. Under the Atypical Working Scheme, certain non-EU/EEA nationals, such as locum doctors or foreign nationals on short-term contracts for a company, are permitted to work in Ireland.
In 2016, the Atypical Working Scheme was extended to include certain non-EEA crew members working in the Irish fishing fleet.
Foreign nationals may be eligible for the scheme if they are required by an Irish-based company to work in one of the following circumstances:
- As the employee of a company rendering services, by arrangement with another company that has been contracted by an Irish company, who are required to be in employment in Ireland (learn more).
- As a contract service provider or intra-company transfer (learn more).
- As a paid or funded short-term employee or intern. This applies to students studying on an approved third-level course outside Ireland where the Irish employment or internship is part of the course (learn more).
- As a locum doctor employed and paid by an agency, either in the hospital sector (learn more) or primary care sector (learn more).
- As a nurse or midwife on the RCSI Clinical Adaptation and Assessment Programme (learn more)
A note on non-EEA crew members of Irish fishing fleets
Since July 2016, applications for crew members will only be accepted from persons outside the country. As a consequence, anyone working without permission from 1 July 2016 will have to leave Ireland and apply from abroad. This includes applying for a visa, where necessary.
Once you have satisfied these conditions then you can make application. The conditions and eligibility criteria is as follows:
- The Atypical Working Scheme only applies to crew members working on licensed and registered fishing vessels in the Polyvalent, Beamer and specific segments of the Irish Fishing Fleet for vessels more than 15 metres in length overall.
- The crew member must be employed directly by the holder of a sea-fishing boat licence in Ireland.
- The crew member must have a written contract of employment for a duration of 12 months.
- The contract must be certified by a practicing solicitor in compliance with the conditions for the employment of non-EEA crew members.
- The employment contract must be lodged with the Central Depository (CDPA) for Sea-Fishing Boats at the National Seafood Centre, Clonakilty, Co Cork.
- Each contract will be given a unique identifying number by CPD.
- This number must be stated on your Atypical Working Scheme application form
The Atypical Working Scheme does not apply to non-EU/EEA nationals who:
- Are already living legally in Ireland;
- Are entering Ireland for employment purposes for up to 2 weeks;
- Are entering Ireland for business purposes for up to 90 days, for example, to attend a conference or seminar;
- Already hold an Employment Permit;
- Qualify for permission under the Van Der Elst Judgment;
- Have a Highly Skilled Job Interview Authorisation;
- Have an Intra Company Transfer Employment Permit in another jurisdiction; or
- Would be working in a company where their employment would result in more than 50 percent of the employees being non-EEA nationals.
- Applications for the Atypical Working Scheme must be made from outside Ireland.
- Family members such as spouses, partners, and other dependents are not allowed to accompany a person who has been approved to work in Ireland under the Atypical Working Scheme.
For more information on the Atypical Working Scheme, please visit this page.