Doctors Work Permits Ireland

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 as a doctor, for example, you may need to make an application under the Atypical Working Scheme.

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 nurses 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.

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

Non-EEA national doctors who wish to work in Ireland, can do so under the Atypical Working Scheme.

The Irish Nationalisation and Immigration Service of Ireland is responsible for this scheme.

If you have received such a job offer, you can apply for this work 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

You must furnish identity detail particulars, passport details, immigration history, employment details, employer details, travel details, salary, nursing and midwifery number, detail of clinical adaption placement or the RCSI examination as part of the application.

Also, it is important you have ready colour copies of your passport, a letter from the employer to confirm the offer, detail of the job description from the employer, salary information, duration of the contract, a signed and dated Employment Contract, confirmation of registration from the Irish Medical Council etc.

Atypical Working Scheme Letter of Approval & Entry Visa

If you are successful in your application, you will receive an Atypical Working Scheme Letter of Approval.

When you are applying for your Visa, you should furnish to the immigration officer the Working Scheme Letter of Approval.

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

Immigration Lawyer

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

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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