I am currently Employing or Plan to Employ a Researcher from a Non EU/ EEA Country

How it works

Research organisations in both the public and private sectors must apply to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) for Fast Track Work Permit for R&D (Hosting Agreement) accreditation. Once approved, the organisation is then able to offer 'Hosting Agreements' to third country researchers to carry out defined research.

For more information about this process, please contact

David O’Neill | Innovation, Research and Development Policy Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation |23 Kildare Street | Dublin 2 |DO2 TD30

Tel: +353 (0)1 631 2484  | www.dbei.gov.ie |



Gary Phipps| Innovation, Research and Development Policy Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation |23 Kildare Street | Dublin 2 |DO2 TD30

Tel: +353 (0)1 631 2185 | www.dbei.gov.ie |


Hosting Agreements are submitted by the research organisation to EURAXESS Ireland for processing and validation. The office is the Government-appointed central processing house for Hosting Agreements and plays a key role in the official accreditation and immigration process. Hosting agreements are managed by:


Head of EURAXESS Ireland

Dr Magdalena Wislocka

Tel: 00-353-1-7996030

Email: magda@iua.ie

EURAXESS Ireland, Irish Universities Association, 48 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

In addition to providing assistance about the scheme via a helpdesk, the office ensures that paperwork is accurately completed and that all relevant information is sent to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

EURAXESS Ireland manages a central online database with details of Hosting Agreement holders and their dependants, which can be accessed by Irish immigration authorities and Embassies worldwide. This fast-tracks the visa application process for researchers and their families. Organisations are granted permission to access the database following accreditation and, once accredited, organisations must contact Magda Wislocka for access details. If you are unable to contact Magda, please contact Marguerita Lardner marguerita.lardner@iua.ie.

There is currently no fee for accreditation of organisations or administration of Fast Track WP for R&D in Ireland.




For any additional information please visit the INIS website and/or the DBEI website


The key provisions and benefits of the Hosting Agreement Scheme are as follows:

  • Linked to the contract of employment offered by the relevant employer
  • Allows for immediate family reunification, i.e. a researcher can bring his/her family to Ireland from the start of his/her employment
  • Spouses and de facto partners of Hosting Agreement holders can work in Irleland without any work permit
  • Application process is swift (excluding VISA application process)
  • After two years an individual can apply for Long term residency/ GNIB card Stamp 4 
  • No application fee involved.