From January 1, 2023, several changes to the current Atypical Working Scheme (AWS) will take effect:
The salary threshold for the Atypical Working Scheme will be revised from the current National Minimum Wage to align with the published salary requirement for a General Employment Permit (currently €30,000 at the time of publication).
Additional changes include:
- Permission under the Scheme will continue to be granted for 90 days.
- The 90 days of permission under the Scheme can be used to support intermittent travel into and out of the State to a maximum of 90 days over a 6-month period.
- A cooling-off period of one month will apply from the end of the six-month period before any new entry to the State under a subsequent AWS permission can occur.
- A new application can be made during this one-month period, but the permission granted cannot be used until the month has passed. This will be identified on any subsequent permission letters granted.
- The granting of any subsequent permission under the Scheme will be contingent upon demonstrated compliance with the terms of the previous permission and the applicant or their agent is solely responsible for demonstrating their compliance.
The changes apply only to the “general” category of applications for permission under the Scheme. They will not impact applications for permission to enter the State as frontline medical personnel or under other categories of permission available under the Scheme. Any applications received before January 1, 2023, will continue to be assessed under the Scheme’s current criteria.
Erickson Immigration Group will continue to share updates as more news is available. If you have questions about anything we’re reporting above or case-specific questions, please contact your employer or EIG attorney.