IRELAND: Authorities Clarify 90-Day Validity of Letter of Approval for Atypical Work Scheme

Effective immediately, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has clarified an existing rule that, for the Atypical Worker Scheme, letters of approval issued for entry clearance must be used within 90 days of issuance, after which they will become invalid.

Who is affected?

This rule applies to all non-EEA nationals contracted to undertake short-term work (15-90 days) for an Irish entity under the Atypical Work Scheme.

Visa-required nationals are particularly affected as they can only apply for an entry visa to Ireland once the letter of approval is issued and while it is still valid.

Our Advice

Atypical Work Scheme applicants with issued letters of approval must be sure to use them within 90 days of issuance to obtain an entry visa (visa nationals) or otherwise to enter Ireland.

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