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COVID-19 fee waiver - fixed term contracts

HomeHelp Centre COVID-19 fee waiver - fixed term contracts
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COVID-19 fee waiver - fixed term contracts

The government announced on April 6, 2020 that it would pay the registration fees for those returning to Ireland, who does this cover?

The Department of Health will pay the total cost of registration on behalf of fully qualified nurses and midwives seeking registration for the first time in Ireland to take up temporary/fixed term COVID-19 contracts. 

If I applied to the NMBI previously and was not successful can I apply again and avail of this fee waiver?

No. This fee waiver applies only for new applicants i.e. those who have never applied for registration or qualification recognition with NMBI.

Does this waiver cover me if I am an overseas applicant?

Only if you are currently residing in Ireland. To avail of this waiver you must provide local proof of address. This demonstrates your ability to start work on a fixed term basis. 
The waiver is there to support those who can immediately help with the pandemic as it puts our health service under pressure

Why are temporary and fixed term COVID-19 contracts being supported with fee waivers and not permanent contracts?

The Irish government is supporting the fees for those who are in Ireland to specifically help with COVID-19. The COVID-19 contracts are there to support the additional volumes and consequentially are of a fixed term nature. If those who take up fixed term COVID-19 contracts wish to stay in Ireland following the pandemic they will, like all permanent active nurses in Ireland need to pay their annual registration fee. 

If a qualified applicant is registering for the first time and nursing or midwifery is their intended full-time career, a registration fee is charged. Intended full-time nurses and midwives should expect to pay their annual registration fee in every circumstance. There cannot be a distinction between those who are on the register and those joining the register for the first time.

I qualify for the fee waiver, how do I apply?

If you are a qualified nurse or midwife who recently returned to Ireland for fixed term work in the context COVID-19, NMBI will waive registration fees and expedite your application.  

If you qualified in the EU, please request an application pack along with evidence of current address in Ireland in an email to:
If you qualified outside of Ireland or the EU, request an application pack along with evidence of current address in Ireland in an email to:

How do I provide proof of address?

Proof that you are currently living in Ireland can be provided via one of the following documents:

  • Recent utility bill (gas, phone, broadband or electricity) or mobile phone bill
  • Statement of results or correspondence from your college or university:
  • Bank/building society/credit card or credit union statement
  • Document from a state agency showing your current address (Tax related document)

Does this fee waiver change registration requirements? Do I still need to meet the same language requirements?

Our registration standards have not changed. Only those who have trained through English in one of the countries we recognise or those who have successfully completed an approved language test are eligible for this application pack and registration waiver.

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