Atypical Working Scheme Ireland

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Talent Migration


When a non-EEA citizen wants to work in Ireland, they typically need to apply for an employment permit through the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE). The Employment Permits Acts provide the framework for DETE's employment permit system.

In order to facilitate specialized, highly-skilled employment of a short term nature (typically less than 90 days) that is not supported by current Employment Permit legislation, the Departments of Justice and Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE) developed the Atypical Working Scheme (AWS). Some other employment circumstances are also supported by the Atypical Working Scheme as a result of consultation with other government departments and agencies (including the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the Department of Health, and the Health Services Executive (HSE)).

You must apply for your AWS permission through the Online Application portal: here.



90 days Month(s)





Processing time

20 days Month(s)




What are eligibility requirements for the Atypical Working Scheme Ireland?

6 Eligibility Requirements

  • You are eligible to apply for an Atypical Working Scheme permission if you are a non-EEA national who, in certain circumstances, is required by a company/organisation based in the State to undertake work.
  • Where a skill shortage has been identified
  • To provide a specialised or high skill to an industry, business or academic institution for a short period
  • To facilitate a paid internship where the internship is either beneficial or integral (necessary for graduation) to the course being studied in respect of 3rd level students studying outside the State in approved/accredited institutions (medical and unpaid internships are not permissible)
  • As a locum doctor employed and paid by an agency – hospital sector or primary care sector (general practice)
  • Clinical adaptation and assessment programme/RCSI examination

Which documents do I need to apply for the Atypical Working Scheme Ireland?

6 Document Required

  • A colour copy of your entire, up to date passport. This passport must be valid for at least the duration of the permission being sought
  • A letter of authorisation, signed and dated by the applicant instructing that the representative may act on your behalf if someone is applying on your behalf
  • A contract, signed and dated by the applicant and their employer outlining the terms of employment for the period in the State, including salary (with details of any allowances, benefits-in-kind, or ‘top-ups’ itemised separately), job description and duration of time in the State
  • A letter from the Irish based host body confirming the offer of employment or the request for provision of services, outlining the job description, your salary in euro while in the State, and the duration of the contract
  • A letter of support from any State-involved Agency such as the IDA or Enterprise Ireland where applicable.
  • *Document requirements vary according to skill shortage

Talent Migration data for Ireland

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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