Friday, April 11, 2014


We have recently dealt with a number of queries that relate to the applicability of the Atypical Working Scheme. 

This scheme was introduced on the 2nd of September 2013 as a pilot scheme in agreement and cooperation with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. The scheme is under the remit of the Department of Justice. 

We understand that the Atypical Working Scheme was introduced in order to facilitate work permission in circumstances where applicants did not fit squarely within the work permit criteria. The principal circumstances where an applicant may be eligible include the following: 
  • where an applicant is seeking to undertake a short term contract work where a skills shortage has been identified;
  • where an applicant is providing a specialised or high skilled to an industry, business or academic institution;
  • where an applicant is seeking to take up trial employment in respect of an occupation on the highly skilled occupations list;
  • where an applicant is seeking to take up a paid internship. 

These circumstances are not exhaustive and we understand from our own enquiries that the scheme has a degree of flexibility to facilitate non-EEA workers who have secured employment in the State but do not fit within the perimeters of the work permit schemes. We understand that permission is not generally granted for upwards of a 90 day period.

Perspective applicants are invited to contact the scheme directly to check whether or not their particular circumstances may fall for consideration under the scheme. 

Applicants should be aware that there is a non-refundable application fee of €250 and that a designated application form must be completed. A processing time of approximately two weeks applies. Visa required nationals should be note that they must apply for permission under the scheme prior to entering the state and they must then secure an entry visa on the basis of any approval letter issued. 

Further information in relation to the scheme is available here. We would be happy to deal with any queries you may have in relation to the applicability of the scheme.

Rebecca Keatinge

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