155. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of permits for migrant non-EU fishers currently issued under the atypical scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12686/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that there are at present 188 non-EEA crew members in the Irish fishing fleet who are availing of permission under the Atypical Working Scheme in order to work in the State. Overall, since the scheme commenced in 2016 there have been 275 new permissions and 237 permissions renewed during that period.
Permission under the Scheme is granted to a non-EEA crew member for a maximum duration of 12 months. Permission can be renewed for a further twelve months by application, and there is no limit to the number of times an existing permission can be renewed.
The Deputy may wish to note that a non-EEA crew member who has received permission under the Scheme can apply to change the employer for whom they have been granted permission to work. This application can be made at any time after the original permission has been granted up to the date on which their existing permission will expire. There is no minimum time period for which a crew member must work for a given employer prior to making such an application.