Permission to Work

The INIS in consultation with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation have recently introduced a pilot programme to meet industry demand for employees to be granted a permission to work in the State for a short period of time, in circumstances where the current employment permit schemes do not apply. The ‘atypical working scheme’ was introduced on the 2nd September and applies to both visa and non-visa required nationals. Subject to the criteria being met, the INIS envisage an application taking 2 weeks to process with their decision being communicated in writing. If the application is approved, a non-visa required national will be entitled to travel to the State with the letter to commence the short term employment. A visa required national will apply for a visa and will need the INIS approval letter as one of their supporting documents. It will be important for employers when organising a project to factor in the time for the processing of an entry visa (6-8 weeks) in addition to the time for processing of the atypical working scheme application. This is a welcome development and offers flexibility to employers who wish for employees based abroad to take up a specific project in Ireland on a short term basis.

Contact Sarah McDonald solicitor if you have any queries in relation to the atypical working scheme at

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