Changes to the Atypical Working Scheme

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Effective January 1, 2023, the Irish government will relax rules for the “general” category of applicants under the Atypical Working Scheme.

Presently, only one permission under the Atypical Working Scheme can be availed of in any 12-month period whereby the 12-month period between permissions commences on the expiry date of any previously granted and used permission.

From the 1st of January 2023, The Irish Immigration and Naturalisation Service will effect the following changes:

  • The salary threshold for the Scheme will be revised from the current National Minimum Wage to align with the salary requirement for a general employment permit currently €30,000 per annum.
  • Permission under the Scheme will continue to be granted for a period of 90 days
  • A 90-day permission under the Scheme will be permitted to spread over a six-month period, allowing the employee to travel intermittently during this period.
  • A cooling-off period of one month will apply from the end of the 6 month period before any new entry to the State under a subsequent Atypical Working Scheme permission can occur.
  • During this one-month period, new permission can be granted but cannot be used until the month has passed.
  • The waiting time to commence a new Atypical Working Scheme permission after the six-month period will be reduced from 12 months to one month.

All applications received prior to the 1st of January 2023 will continue to be assessed under the Scheme’s current criteria.

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