The Atypical Working Scheme which was originally due to launch on 1 July, is now expected to be implemented on 2 September 2013.

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) in conjunction with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, will pilot this Scheme.  The Scheme will facilitate working arrangements such as:

  • persons being employed in the State on a short term basis ie, between 14 and 90 calendar days (inclusive);
  • persons being employed on a trial basis (not exceeding 90 days inclusive of date of entry to the State);
  • persons required to travel to Ireland for work on an intermittent basis;
  • self-employed providers of services; and
  • paid interns who are full-time students studying outside of the State.

This Scheme does not apply to non-EEA nationals who gain employment through the High Skilled Jobs Interview Authorisation, are a holder of a Van der Elst visa, or to individuals who wish to enter the State for business purposes of less than 14 days duration. 

There will be a non-refundable application fee of €250.  Application forms are not yet available but will be released closer to the launch date.  The initiative is a welcome development for international employers in engaging non-EEA nationals on more flexible working arrangements and facilitating project work in Ireland.

For further details Scheme guidelines can be accessed here.