Doctors Work Permits Ireland

A doctor from a Non-EEA (European Economic Area) country cannot work in Ireland without permission granted by the Minister.

This post will give you initial information about the atypical working scheme and we will be happy to help with any questions you have.

The Atypical Working Scheme can be availed of by doctors from Non-EEA countries who have secured a positon of employment in Ireland,  to obtain employment permission status. This permission type is of a temporary / short term nature of up to 90 days. This type of permit is only relevant in certain circumstances.

Permission sought for a longer period, a separate permit can be applied for.

Schedule 3 of the Employment Permits Act 2017 also lists medical practitioners on the Critical Skills Occupations list.

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Atypical Working Scheme

You should apply for this work scheme from outside of Ireland and obtain an Atypical Working Scheme letter of Approval before you travel to Ireland.

The fee for the application is €250 and can be made via EFT ie electronic funds transfer.

The application can be made to the Department at

It is necessary to also apply for a Visa if from visa required country for permission to land and remain in the state.

Critical Skills Work Permit

Health professional occupations, such as, medical practitioners are included as permitted occupations on the critical skills occupations list. A medical practitioner non-EEA person, unless exempted, can apply for this longer-term work permit.

Immigration Lawyer

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

Atypical Scheme 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

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

You can contact :

Atypical Working Scheme Division

Department of Justice

Immigration Service Delivery
13/14 Burgh Quay
D02 XK70



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.


Please be advised that the above-mentioned material is intended as an overview and as a broad out-line of the topic discussed. It should not be considered as complete and comprehensive legal advice, nor act as an appropriate substitute.

Due care has been taken in the publication of this article and we do not accept legal liability as a result of reliance on any material covered in the above article.

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