Ireland has an alternative scheme in place to facilitate entry into Ireland of researchers to accredited institutions, without the institution or the researcher needing to apply for an Employment Permit.
This has a number of benefits, including:
- Hosting Agreements do not need to be approved by the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment, significantly reducing processing times.
- There is no charge for a Hosting Agreement.
- Hosting Agreements allow for immediate family reunification, provided certain criteria are met.
- Hosting Agreements last for the duration of the employment contract.
- The researcher may be eligible to apply for residency in Ireland after two years continuous employment under a Hosting Agreement, otherwise known as Stamp 4 permission. Stamp 4 indicates permission to stay in Ireland for a specified period, subject to conditions, and is reckonable as residence when applying for Irish citizenship by naturalisation.
Research organisations must apply to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) for Hosting Agreement accreditation. Once approved, the organisation is then able to offer Hosting Agreements to third country researchers to carry out defined research.
Research organisations may from either the public or private sector.Complete details on Hosting Agreements for researchers in Ireland, including information on where and when you may register, is available here.