Hosting Agreement scheme for non-EU researchers is monitored by the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI), the Irish Universities Association (IUA), and the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services (INIS).
Plan is designed for non-EU researchers mostly from India, China and South Korea. The researchers must be employed by the Irish higher education, public research sector or companies involved in research, development and innovation. The scheme defines researcher as a graduate with a Bachelors or Masters Degree who is eligible and employed to do research related activities. The researcher does not need to have a PhD.
Under the Hosting Agreement the researcher will be issued a visa and he/she does not require a work permit. Researcher with a visa under the Hosting Agreement Scheme has the same rights as that of a Green Card holder.
Rights entitled to a researcher are:
- Immediate family unification
- Children can study in public schools
- Family members have access to the job market
The organization where the researcher would be working must be accredited by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. All the higher education institutes and public research organizations are accredited under the scheme. 10 top level companies are also accredited under this scheme, including IBM, Avego, LM Ericsson, Vornia and SolarPrint.
Ireland has 530 researchers at present on the Hosting Agreement Scheme representing 78 countries. Most of the researchers are from India, China and the US.
Top delegates and politicians of Ireland have praised the Hosting Scheme. With the current international demand for talents, Ireland is going one step further by having schemes like the Hosting Agreement in place to attract researchers.
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