COVID-19 Restoration Fee Waiver FAQ
What is the fee waiver and who is it for?
The waiver will apply to those who were previously on the NMBI register and are seeking restoration to that Register to work with COVID-19 having been removed on a voluntary basis or for non-payment of their annual retention fee (ARF) in the past.
What fees are being waived?
The fees that are being waived are the restoration fee (€250) and the annual retention fee (€100) from the date of registration until 31 December 2020 at which point retention fees for 2021 will apply.
Who can apply for this waiver?
Those who were previously registered are eligible to apply for restoration. The restoration fees and annual retention fee for 2020 will be waived. This does not include those who were issued with a decision letter or were requested to complete a compensation measure prior to the granting of registration.
Are other registration requirements changing for COVID-19 such as language requirements or recency of practice?
No other requirements have changed, the language requirements for registration as indicated on our website and the recency of practice requirements remain the same.
If I was previously refused registration or deemed ineligible for registration can I apply again due to COVID-19?
No. The requirements for registration have not changed so if you were previously refused registration, it is likely that you will be refused again for the same reasons.
If fee waivers are being granted for restoration and I have not paid my annual retention fee for 2020– should I not let myself be removed for non-payment and seek free restoration under COVID-19?
The fee waiver has been agreed for those who were not registered on 09 March 2020 and are now seeking restoration to the register. The waiver will not apply to those who are removed for non-payment in 2020.
If am undergoing the process to have my qualification recognised or if I have a decision letter, can I benefit from this fee waiver?
No. If you have a decision letter that requires the completion of a compensation measure, you must successfully complete that compensation measure prior to being eligible for registration. Those currently undertaking qualifications recognition must complete that process before applying for registration.
If I’m not registered or have compensation measures to undertake, does this mean I cannot offer my assistance to the HSE with COVID-19?
You can still register your interest without being NMBI registered.
The HSE Page “Be On Call For Ireland” allows for those who are registered as nurses in other countries to offer their assistance with COVID-19. Such persons cannot state however that they are a registered nurse or a registered midwife.