Earlier non-EEA fishers were applying Atypical Working Scheme to work on a specific Irish vessel for a period of up to 12 months, but they were not eligible for the granting of an employment permit by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment.
As per the notice issued by the Department of Justice on 22nd November 2022, the Atypical Working Scheme for Sea fishers is closed now and the new applicants need to apply for an employment permits for this particular category through the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.
The transition to the employment-permit based system would entitle Seafishers holding an employment permit to transition to a Stamp 4 immigration permission and the wider entitlements offered by that permission.
Immigration services confirmed that all holders of a current valid permission to work as a non-EEA crew member in the Irish Fishing Fleet expiring on or after 1 January 2023 will be granted a Stamp 4 immigration permission, on an exceptional basis, in order to provide certainty and security to employers and employees in the sector during the ongoing transitional period.
Any non-EEA crew member in the Irish Fishing Fleet who currently holds a valid IRP card expiring on or after January 1, 2023, is eligible to receive a Stamp 4 immigration authorization.
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