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Important Notice for Non EEA Nurses on Clinical Adaptation Placements

With effect from 1 October 2014, non-EEA nurses who have been accepted on clinical adaptation placements in the State are no longer eligible to apply for employment permits.

This group of non-EEA nationals is now facilitated under the Department of Justice and Equality Atypical Working Scheme.

This Scheme provides a streamlined mechanism to deal with atypical employment where the nature of the work is not governed by the Employment Permits Acts or by administrative procedures under the Employment Permits Acts. In essence, the Department of Justice and Equality will grant permission to work in the State in certain circumstances, provided the employment is not in respect of an occupation on the Ineligible Categories of Employment List.

Non-EEA nurses who successfully complete their clinical adaptation placement and receive their certificate of registration from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland will be eligible to apply for an employment permit, subject to the criteria applying to the particular Scheme, and where successful will be granted an employment permit during the period of immigration permission provided for by the Atypical Working Scheme.  In order to assist in the efficient processing of such employment permit applications, it may be beneficial to include a copy of the Atypical Letter issued by the Department of Justice and Equality with the application. 

The immigration permission granted under the Atypical Working Scheme will cover a single 6 month period from date of entry to the State to allow for completion of the Clinical Adaptation process, registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and the acquisition of an employment permit from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. If you successfully complete the Clinical Adaptation process and receive your Registration Certificate, you should apply for an employment permit from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation within this timeframe.

Adaptation Appeals with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

If you are unsuccessful in the Clinical Adaptation process, you may appeal the matter, but you must leave the State before expiry of the 6 month permission, whether or not the appeal process has been completed.

If your appeal is successful and you have left the State due to the expiry of your 6-month permission, you should apply for an employment permit from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation; you should not re-enter the State to take up the employment until you have received your employment permit.

Additional documentary requirement when applying for an employment permit

As and from the 3rd April 2017, where a non-EEA national in the State undergoing adaptation under the Atypical Working Scheme is applying for an employment permit following their registration, they must include a copy of the Atypical Working Scheme letter of approval with their application.

Employment Permits Section
2 September 2017

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