Grant Stamp 4 for Nurses working with General Work Permit for more than 2 years in Ireland

Grant Stamp 4 for Nurses working with General Work Permit for more than 2 years in Ireland

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Shijo C T started this petition to Department of Justice and Equality (Government of Ireland) and


We would like to draw your kind attention towards the injustice faced by the Overseas Diploma Nurses currently holding General Work Permit for more than two years. The Diploma Nurses holding GWP currently should have been granted the eligibility to apply for stamp 4 alongside the new ruling that allowes the New Overseas Diploma nurses who can now apply for Critical Skill Visa.


 While welcoming this new ruling, we also want to inform you that justice is not done completely because the Diploma nurses like me who are currently working in the state for more than two years under General Work Permit are still left out getting nothing out of this new ruling. 


 My name is Shijo Chackalackal Thomas . I have been working as a staff nurse in Ireland for over three years.  Many of my Indian colleagues with BSc Nursing have been granted stamp 4 after two years. But the kind of nurses like me who work on General work permit still have to apply for a work permit while those Degree holding nurses can work in any hospitals or nursing homes without applying for a permit and due to which they have an upper hand in securing a job especially in HSE hospitals . Since applying for work permit is time consuming, many employers are looking for stamp 4 holders only. As you are aware, both Diploma nurses and Degree holding nurses have the same job descriptions, responsibilities and roles and they get same salary. Ironically, the only division that sets them apart is that one is on Critical Skill Visa and the other one is on General work permit. It was actually a segregating rule which  discriminated the Diploma nurses unfairly against the Degree nurses. 


Following a petition movement by Mr Joseph Shalbin ,that segregating barrier has now been removed and we are very much grateful to the DBEI and Department of Justice and Equality and Minister Heather Humphrey. We are indeed very much delighted about the new ruling which has lifted the division between Diploma and Degree Nurses and both can now apply for Critical Skill Visa and after two years they will both get Stamp 4.


However, we would like to bring to your notice that the injustice caused to those nurses with General Work Permit who have been working in the state for more than two years has not yet been compensated with this ruling. This new ruling is certainly good for the new diploma holding overseas nursing applicants because they will get stamp 4 after two years as they will be working on Critical Skill Visa. But those Diploma nurses who are currently working in Ireland with General Work Permit can only apply for Critical Skill Visa now and wait again for 2 years for stamp 4 which is not fair. In my case, I have been working for over three years in the state under General Work Permit and after 2 more years I can apply for Irish naturalization. So there is no point in applying for Critical Skill Visa in this late stage. The same is the case for all the Diploma nurses whose situation is alike mine. 

Moreover, the spouses of current Diploma nurses with General Work Permit are unable to take up any job in the state as they are still on stamp 3 while the spouses of their colleagues on Critical Skill Visa and Stamp 4 are easily getting job as they are on Stamp 1G . This is inequality at it's highest level. While saying this , please remember that both GWP nurses and CSEP nurses are doing the same job side by side as a staff nurse.


In light of this scenario, we humbly request the Department of Justice and Equality and Department of Business, Enterprises and Innovations of Govt of Ireland to look into this matter seriously and kindly consider to grant Stamp 4 status to those Overseas Diploma nurses holding General Work Permit for more than two years ASAP. 

 

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