HOSTING AGREEMENT Scheme of admission third country researchers to Ireland. Magdalena Wislocka EURAXESS Ireland Camerino 2009. Who we are. National organisation for the EURAXESS Services Network in Ireland Dr Conor O’ Carroll: Research Director
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Magdalena Wislocka EURAXESS Ireland
Dr Conor O’ Carroll: Research Director
Jennifer Cleary: Head of EURAXESS Ireland
Magdalena Wislocka: Helpdesk & Hosting Agreement Scheme Manager
The Researcher Hosting Agreement Scheme, which Ireland opted into voluntarily in 2007, implements a European Union Directive on the admission of third country nationals for the purpose of conducting research.
The scheme enables approved research active organisations to recruit researchers from outside the EEA to carry out research in Ireland without the need for a Work Permit.
This mechanism facilitates researchers and their immediate family for the duration of their contract.
EURAXESS Ireland, hosted in the IUA, is a government appointed central processing house for hosting agreements and plays a key role in the official accreditation and immigration process.Implementation of the Third Country Directive in Ireland
Department of Enterprise,
Trade and Employment
Application for Accreditation
lodged by an organisation
and Accreditation granted
(average waiting time: 7 days)
Research organisation offers Hosting Agreements to a non EEA researcher
industrial organisations etc…)
Researcher presents a hosting
on the visa application
Visa officer can
a central database
EXTRANET operated by EURAXESS Ireland
Researcher (with or without dependants)
presents a H.A
at the airport to an immigration
and gets permission to enter
Researcher signs a
with a Hosting Organisation
and gets a hosting
Researcher is required to get
registered at a local Police office and gets a permission to remain in Ireland
Local immigration officers have a list of
current hosting agreements and are able to verify hosting agreement holders.
Researchers have to register annually, as permission to remain is issued for 1 year
256 35 %
China 129 18%
India 138 19%
Researchers with a hosting agreement in Ireland by country of origin
"The involvement of the Irish Universities Association has been critically important in making the researchers system a success. It gives the immigration service a single point of contact for the day to day management of the system and the IUA's detailed understanding of the research environment gives us the confidence that only reputable institutions and researchers can participate".Kevin O’Sullivan Director Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.
invites a non EEA
Ireland for assistance
brings the case to the appointed contact persons at INIS
sorts out queries on a
‘case by case basis’
(1day- 2 weeks)
… and issues an
‘Invited Researcher Visa’