Eligible categories:

Contract Service Providers and Intra Company Transfers

3rd Party Contracts


Nurses (adaptation process)

Doctors providing Locum Services in the Hospital Sector

Doctors providing Locum Services in the Primary Care Sector (General Practice)


  1. Making an Application

Applications under the Atypical Working Scheme must be made from outside the State.

Applications must be made by the non-EEA applicant or an Authorised Representative on his/her behalf by completing and submitting the Application Form provided. Supporting documentation in respect of the application should also be submitted with the Application Form – see Page 6 of the Application Form  This document is a pdfPlease note changes on payment section of Atypical Application Form, valid from 1 January 2017.


  1. Entry Visas

In the case of visa-required nationals, a copy of the Letter of Approval issued by INIS under the Atypical Working Scheme must be included as a supporting document when applying for a Visa. This time element should be taken into consideration as a Visa may not be applied for prior to the approval of an application under this Scheme. When completing the online Visa Application Form please choose “Employment” as the reason for travel and enter “Atypical Working Scheme” at the field “Purpose of Travel”.

  • 15-90 day contract: If entry/re-entry to the State will be required during the time frame of this contract, a “C multi entry” visa may be applied for; information outlining the reason for this pattern of travel must be submitted also.
  • Contract of more than 90 days: Persons granted permission to remain for more than 90 days should apply for a “D long stay” Visa. However, they will initially be granted a “D single visit” Visa. Such persons must also register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau following arrival in the State.


  1. Registering with the Garda National Immigration Bureau      

Any person remaining in the State for up to 90 calendar days (inclusive/consecutive) is not required to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau.

 Any person remaining in the State for more than 90 consecutive calendar days must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) and pay the associated registration fee. Documents required for registration –

  • current Passport
  • letter of Approval, valid for 90 days from date of issue only, if not used within that time, a new application and a new application fee applies
  • letter from Irish based host body confirming offer of employment/internship
  • also for interns - letter from the sending academic institution confirming that the internship is integral/necessary to the qualification being undertaken
  • appropriate entry visa (if a visa-required non-EEA national)
  • proof of medical insurance


  1. Family Members

Family members may not accompany the person availing of this Scheme. In the event of exceptional circumstances INIS may be contacted in advance of an application being made however this does not guarantee a positive decision. This is without prejudice to the right of a family member who may make an application for immigration permission in his/her own right as permitted under the Immigration Act 2004.


  1. Prospective Irish based host companies must be registered with the Company Registrations Office.


  1. A non-refundable application fee of €250, to be paid by the non-EEA applicant, applies. This should be paid by Electronic Transfer funds (EFT) and must state “AWS” plus passport number when making the transfer.


  1. Documentation must be submitted by registered post to
Atypical Working Scheme Division,
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
13/14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2



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