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Impact of COVID-19 | Frequently Asked Questions

27 April 2020 (FAQ document updated 22 April 2021)

A new Frequently Asked Questions document about the impact of COVID-19 on Immigration and International Protection has also been published.

You can read more here...

Atypical Working Scheme - Online application process launched

03 September 2020

In order to increase processing efficiency and provide a more transparent, streamlined process for applicants, the Atypical Working Scheme Unit of the Department of Justice and Equality has implemented an online application process.

The following information should be noted:

  • This online application process will be effective from 3 September 2020. Please note that after Friday, 18 September 2020, applications and EFT payment of application fees submitted by any other means will no longer be accepted
  • The online application process includes important new documentation requirements which you can read more about in the Atypical Working Scheme - Required Documents Reference Guide
  • Please note that all submitted documents must be sufficiently legible to allow proper processing of the application and verification of the information therein.
  • Requests for the re-issue of a letter of permission that has expired prior to use due to COVID-19 travel restrictions should continue to be submitted by email, including proof of postal return of any hard copy letter of approval, as noted in the Departmental COVID FAQ document here.

Due to the quantity of emails and applications received we are not in a position to respond to requests for updates on applications.

For further information, please see the web page - Atypical Working Scheme Application Overview.

Further information regarding the documents you must submit with your application can be found in the Atypical Working Scheme: Required Documents Reference Guide.

To submit an online application, please see the Online Application Portal.

Changes to the Atypical Working Scheme application process for Atypical as part of COVID-19 response.

02 April 2020

(Update: Please note that a new online application process is effective from 3 September 2020 - see notice above. After Friday, 18 September 2020, applications and EFT payment of application fees submitted by any other means, including email will no longer be accepted - see notice from 03 September 2020.)

Following discussions with various stakeholders the Atypical Working Scheme Unit of the Department of Justice and Equality have initiated various changes to the application process as part of COVID-19 response.

Applicants are advised to refer to the INIS website for updates.

Recent updates include;

  • COVID-19 VISA Arrangements
  • COVID-19 measures for Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 20/3/2020 and 20/5/2020
  • COVID-19 measures for customers of the Department of Justice and Equality's Immigration Service Delivery Function 

The following AWS specific measures have been introduced on a temporary basis, with immediate effect:

Medical applicants only:  

  • Applications for frontline medical personnel will be prioritised at this time
  • The requirements relating to proofs of contractual status for locum General Practitioners are temporarily dispensed with at this time
  • The granting of permission as a result of these exceptional circumstances will be undertaken without prejudice to any future application by or on behalf of that individual.

All other applicants:  

  • All other applications continue to be processed as here to fore
  • Delays can be expected in the processing of applications and email queries as resources are reprioritised at this time

For all application documents submitted by electronically, only ink-signed (signed with a pen) and scanned or photographed documents can be accepted in PDF, PNG or JPEG format. Digitally inserted signatures will not be accepted.

Please note: All such documents must be sufficiently legible to allow proper processing of the application and verification of the information therein.

The Department of Justice and Equality reserves the right to seek additional information or investigate any issues arising in this regard at a later date, as required.

Due to the quantity of emails and applications received we are not in a position to respond to requests for updates on applications.

New application system for nurses with a contract to work

8 September 2017

Nurses with a contract to work must now apply under the Atypical Working Scheme.

Read more about the Atypical Working Scheme

Changes to De Facto Immigration Permission for partners of Irish nationals

1 September 2017

Early in 2017 the De Facto Immigration Permission for partners of Irish nationals was revised to:

  • Relax the criteria around the issue of couples living with parents
  • Reduce the co-habitation requirement down to 1 year

This revised scheme was kept under review over the last few months and it has now been decided that the co-habitation requirement will revert to 2 years.

This is to ensure consistency with other immigration schemes, such as the EU Treaty Rights De Facto Scheme. The issue of living with parents will be kept under review.

This change is effective from 1 September 2017. Information and application forms on this website have been updated accordingly.

Read about the revised rules and download the application forms

Update to list of allowed courses for study in Ireland (ILEP)

24 August 2017

An update to the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP) was published today.

You must choose a college/course from ILEP if you are a non-EU/EEA and non-Swiss national and you wish to study in Ireland (except if you are coming to Ireland to study for a 'semester abroad').

Download the new Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP)

Changes to rules for trainee accountants (stamp 1A)

1 June 2017

New immigration rules for trainee accountants (no stamp 1A) have been published. The new rules clarify:

  • Time allowed to complete a qualification
  • Academic progress
  • Changing courses
  • Work placements
  • Rules for accounting technicians

Download the new rules for trainee accountants on stamp 1A

Changes to fee payment rules for Atypical Working Scheme

16 November 2016

From 1 December 2016 fee payment rules for the Atypical Working Scheme will change. If you do not follow the new payment rules or if your payment is not received, your application for working permission may fail.

Read a longer description of the new fee payment rules

Beware of possible fraud via email

22 September 2016

A number of INIS customers have been approached via email by a person claiming to be from a legal and immigration company in Ireland.

"Employment Eligibility Clearance & Security Bond"

They claim that they have a client company with an offer of employment in Ireland and ask for money to pay for an "International Employment Eligibility Clearance and Security Bond".

They also ask for a passport photo, CV and copy of the victim's passport bio-data page. An application form is attached seeking personal information and employment details.

It is claimed that this information is sought by the "Judiciary of the Republic of Ireland" to establish employment eligibility and security clearance.


This application form is false. Both the legal and Immigration company and the client company do not exist.

This is an attempted fraud.

Customers are asked to be alert and suspicious of any such offers seeking payment. If someone demands payment of any monies, contact INIS or An Garda Síochána immediately.

See full contact details for INIS

Public consultation on immigration policy for retirees

13 September 2016

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality announces a public consultation on a review of Ireland's immigration policy for non-EEA retirees. Retiring in Ireland raises many complex and challenging issues.

Read more about public consultation

Changes to the employment entitlements for students

2 August 2016

Employment entitlements are changing from 1 September 2016 for non-EEA students holding a valid permission Stamp 2. They will be permitted to work 40 hours per week during the months of June, July, August and September only - and from 15 December to 15 January inclusive.

At all other times students with Stamp 2 permission will be limited to 20 hours work per week..

Read more about changes to student employment entitlements

Proof of finance for students

7 April 2016

From today, non-EEA students can also use Bankers' Drafts to show they have enough money to support themselves during their initial stay in Ireland. This change will help students who have had problems opening a bank account because they do not yet have a Public Service Number (PPSN). To use this option, the student’s banker’s draft:

  • Must be the original (not a photocopy).
  • Must show the student’s full name.
  • Must show it is for the minimum amount of €3,000.
  • Must not be made out to 'cash'.
  • A cheque cannot be used as an alternative.

This change has been made by INIS and Garda National Immigration Bureau and will continue until further notice.

Read more about conditions for study in Ireland



If you have questions, contact us.

Updated: 22 April 2021