Locum Doctors - Doctors entering the State as a Locum, Locum doctors seeking to renew their immigration permission and Atypical Working Scheme

(i) Locum doctors offered employment contracts with a hospital or health facility (public or private) and are remunerated directly by these hospitals or health facilities are required to hold an Employment Permit in line with the new requirements.

(ii) Atypical Working Scheme - Locum doctors, including those who continue to be engaged by an Agency i.e. locum doctors not directly paid or employed by a hospital or health facility (public or private), must apply under the Atypical Working Scheme prior to seeking entry to the State. Information regarding this Scheme is available on the INIS website - Atypical Working Scheme Guidelines

Under the Atypical Working Scheme such locum doctors may be granted immigration permission Stamp 1 for 6 consecutive months. Successful applicants must register with the Garda National immigration Bureau and pay the appropriate Registration fee prior to taking up any employment as a Locum doctor.

At the end of the 6 month permission period locum doctors must then either –

  1. leave the State or
  2. secure an offer of employment as an employee (having obtained an Employment Permit from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation prior to the expiry date of their immigration permission).

Locum doctors who do not secure an offer of employment as an employee and who have left the State, may

  • return as a Locum doctor engaged by an Agency after an absence of 6 months (from date of expiry of permission) having made an application under the Atypical Working Scheme to resume work in that capacity or,
  • seek re-entry to the State at any time provided they have secured an offer of employment as an employee and obtained an Employment Permit from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

Important Notice

Doctors whose immigration permission expires post 31 December 2014 and who have been working as a Locum engaged by an Agency will not be granted further permission to work in that capacity as they will have already worked as a Locum doctor for 6 months or more prior to the expiry of their immigration permission. Should they wish to renew their immigration permission the conditions outlined above apply.

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