Locum Doctors Employment Permit

If you are not a Swiss national or a European Economic Area country national and coming to Ireland to work for the Health Services Executive, for example, you may need to make an application under the Atypical Working Scheme.

Locum Doctors Employment Permit

The scheme can be availed of for short-term contract work purposes.

You should only apply for this before travelling to Ireland to start work.

You may not need this if you are entering the state to work for up to 14 days, you already have permission, you are already lawfully in the state, you can get permission under the Van Der Elst Judgement and for various other reasons.

Many locum doctors are paid by an agency and this may be applicable to them.

Any letter of approval under this scheme will remain in force for up to 90 days.

Application Process

You should submit a letter from the employer confirming the position with detail of the job description, salary, location of employment, duration of the contract and also a valid passport and you can avail of the online portal at https://inisonline.jahs.ie/user/login

Registration confirmation with the Irish Medical Council must be submitted also with your application.

The application fee is €250.

You can contact :

Atypical Working Scheme Division

Department of Justice

Immigration Service Delivery
13/14 Burgh Quay
D02 XK70

Email: atypicalworkingscheme@justice.ie


If you are not a Swiss national and not from an EEA country you will need to apply for visa permission, if from a visa required country.

A longer stay than 90 days will require registration with the local Immigration office.

Immigration Lawyer

If you have questions about employment permits, you can speak with an immigration lawyer on (01) 546 1121 or  (052) 612 1999.


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