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).
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.