Important Notice for non-EEA Nurses on Clinical Adaptation and Assessment Programme

Important Notice for non-EEA Nurses on Clinical Adaptation and Assessment Programme

Since the commencement of the Employment Permits (Amendment) Act 2014 in September 2014, non-EEA nurses who have acquired a contract of employment and have been accepted on a Clinical Adaptation and Assessment Programme in the State have no longer been eligible to apply for an Employment Permit from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

Since that date, these nurses have been facilitated under the Atypical Working Scheme administered by the Department of Justice and Equality (Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service).

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 those Acts. In essence, the Department of Justice and Equality (Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service) 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 for Employment Permits list of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation - http://www.djei.ie/labour/workpermits/ineligiblecategoriesforemploymentpermits.htm

Permission in the form of an Atypical Working Scheme Letter of Approval must be acquired before applying for an entry visa (where applicable) and before travelling to the State (excluding persons already in the State and holding immigration permission Stamp 2).

Those non-EEA nurses who successfully complete their Clinical Adaptation and Assessment Programme and receive their certificate of registration from the NMBI are then eligible to apply for an Employment Permit during the period of immigration permission provided for by the Atypical Working Scheme.

The immigration permission granted under the Atypical Working Scheme will cover a single 6 month period, beginning on the date of entry to the State. This 6 month period allows for the completion of the Clinical Adaptation and Assessment Programme, registration with the NMBI and the acquisition of an Employment Permit from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

Persons who are unsuccessful in the Clinical Adaptation and Assessment Programme may appeal the matter but must leave the State before expiry of the 6 month permission regardless of whether or not the appeal process has been completed.

Persons who have left the State because of the expiry of the 6 month permission and whose appeal is then successful must apply for an Employment Permit from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and be in receipt of this document before returning to the State to take up employment.

Note that the employer named on the Atypical Working Scheme Application Form must be the same employer named on the Employment Permit.

For further information see –

Atypical working scheme: General

and

Nurses/Midwives on Clinical Adaptation and Assessment Programme or RCSI Examination

 

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