Atypical working scheme: Non-EEA crew in Fishing Fleet

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Following the recommendations of the Government Task Force on non-EEA workers in the Irish Fishing Fleet (PDF 317KB), the Atypical Working Scheme was extended to apply to crew members working in the 'whitefish fleet'.

1. Implementation

Beginning 15 February 2016

For approximately the first 3 months, applications under the Atypical Working Scheme are confined to non-EEA crew members who are already working in Ireland.

An application may be made directly by a crew member or by an Authorised Legal Representative.

From 1 July 2016

From 1 July 2016 applications for crew members from within the state will no longer be accepted. From that date onwards, applications will only be accepted from persons outside the country.

As a consequence, anyone working without permission from 1 July will have to leave Ireland and apply from abroad. This includes applying for a visa, where necessary.

Note: Travel arrangements must not be made until an applicant has been notified that an application has been approved.

2. Conditions

The full conditions of this scheme are listed on pages 18 to 22 in the Report of the Task Force on Non-EEA Workers in the Irish Fishing Fleet (PDF 317KB)

In summary, these conditions include the following:

  • The Atypical Working Scheme only applies to crew members working on licensed and registered fishing vessels in the Polyvalent, Beamer and specific segments of the Irish Fishing Fleet for vessels more than 15 metres in length overall.
  • The crew member must be employed directly by the holder of a sea-fishing boat licence in Ireland.
  • The crew member must have a written contract of employment for a duration of 12 months.
  • The contract must be certified by a practicing solicitor in compliance with the conditions for the employment of non-EEA crew members.
  • The employment contract must be lodged with the Central Depository (CDPA) for Sea-Fishing Boats at the National Seafood Centre, Clonakilty, Co Cork.
    • Each contract will be given a unique identifying number by CPD.
    • This number must be stated on your Atypical Working Scheme application form

3. How to apply

Download and complete the application form:

Atypical Working Scheme for non-EEA Crew Members application form (PDF 168KB)

Make sure to include the following with your application:

  • A copy of your contract with the sea-fishing licence holder in Ireland.
  • A copy of the letter sent to you by the Central Depository. This letter must show your unique identifying number.
  • A copy of the page in your passport that shows your passport number, expiry date of passport, name, gender and date of birth.
  • Proof that you have paid the application fee of €250 by Electronic Funds Transfer. (This fee cannot be refunded.) (Note - Applications with a Postal Order/Bank Draft/Company Cheque received by Tues 28th February 2017 will be processed as normal. Applications received from Wed 1st March 2017 onwards must include proof of payment by Electronic Funds Transfer).
  • If your application is made by a solicitor or other representative, you must also include a Letter of Authorisation that is signed by you.

Where to apply

Send your completed form by registered post to:

Atypical Working Scheme Division
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
13/14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
Ireland
D02 XK70

You should allow at least 20 working days for your application to be processed.

If your application is successful, you will be sent a Letter of Approval by post.

Note: An application for the Atypical Working Scheme does not guarantee a positive response.

4. To enter Ireland

If your application is successful, you may also need an visa to come to Ireland. This is in addition to your Letter of Approval.

Check if you need a visa

If you need a visa, you should include a copy of your Letter of Approval with your visa application.

You should allow at least 8 working weeks for your visa application to be processed.

Note: Do not apply for an entry visa before you receive a Letter of Approval.

5. After you arrive in Ireland

After you arrive in Ireland you must register. To register, you will need:

  • Your Atypical Working Scheme Letter of Approval
  • A copy of your employment contract
  • Your passport
  • Your entry visa (if applicable)

An annual registration fee of €300 (payable by credit card) applies.

Find out more about how to register

Change your employer

You can apply to change where you work as a crew member, ie from your current employer to another sea-fishing boat licence holder. To apply for a change:

You do not need to leave the State to apply for a change, but you must apply before your current permission expires.

You should allow at least 20 working days for your application to be processed. There is no guarantee your application will be facilitated. We will consider each case based on its own merits.

Note: The permission granted under the Atypical Workers Scheme for Crew Members is not transferable to any other employment within the State.

6. Renew your permission

You must renew your permission if you wish to continue working as a crew member with your current employer (ie sea-fishing boat licence holder).

You must apply before your current permission expires. You do not need to leave the State to apply for a renewal.

Conditions

To apply for a renewal, you must:

  • Continue to be employed directly by the same sea-fishing boat licence holder as when you first applied for permission
  • Have a new written contract of employment, eg for the coming 12 months

Your employment contract must:

  • Be certified by a practicing solicitor in compliance with the conditions for the employment of non-EEA crew members
  • Be lodged with the Central Depository (CDPA) for Sea-Fishing Boats at the National Seafood Centre, Clonakilty, Co Cork.
  • Each contract will be given a unique identifying number by CPD.
  • This number must be stated on your Atypical Working Scheme application form

How to apply

Download the application form and follow same application conditions and process as when you first applied for permission, as described above in '3. How to apply'.

You should allow at least 20 working days for your application to be processed.

Decision & next steps

If your application is successful, we will send you a new Letter of Approval by post. The duration of your immigration permission will be the same as the duration of your employment contract. if shorter it will last up to the expiry date of your passport. The maximum duration for immigration permission is 12 months.

If your permission is renewed, you must also visit a registration office to renew your registration.

If your permission is not renewed, you must leave the country before your current permission expires.

 

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Updated: 24 March 2017

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24 March 2017

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