Have you ever wanted to work and travel in Ireland? If you meet the eligibility requirements, the Working Holiday Visa for Ireland could be the right option to make Ireland your new home, at least temporarily.
Ireland has a range of reciprocal working holiday agreements with other countries, allowing for the mutual exchange of young workers and graduates for defined periods. With a Working Holiday Visa (also known as a Working Holiday work permit or Working Holiday Authorisation), participants can work for nearly any employer in Ireland for up to one or two years, depending on the agreement.
Ireland is well renowned for its friendliness and hospitality, not to mention the outgoing social life shared among citizens and newcomers alike. There are also many job opportunities for qualified candidates. So, whether you want to underline the ‘working’ or ‘holiday’ part of the Working Holiday Visa, you can make your choice and make a success of it! Oh, and you don’t need a job lined up to take part.
Who is eligible for a Working Holiday Visa in Ireland?
Ireland currently has reciprocal Working Holiday Visa agreements with 10 countries. As these are separate agreements, the eligibility requirements and application processes are slightly different depending on the agreement.
Of the ten participating countries, only applicants from Australia, Argentina and Canada have the opportunity of availing of the Working Holiday Visa to the age of 35 (inclusive). Participants from all other countries must avail of this visa by the age of 30 (inclusive). Similarly, the duration of the Working Holiday Visa is 12 months for all participating countries bar Canada whose citizens are entitled to 24 months.
|Country||Age range (inclusive)||Duration||Apply to|
|Argentina||18-35||12 months||Embassy of Ireland, Buenos Aires|
|Australia||18-35||12 months (max 6 months with any employer)||Embassy of Ireland, Canberra|
|Canada*||18-35||24 months||Embassy of Ireland, Ottawa|
|Chile||18-30||12 months||Embassy of Ireland, Buenos Aires|
|Hong Kong||18-30||12 months (max 3 months with any employer)||Consulate General of Ireland, Hong Kong|
|Japan||18-30||12 months||Embassy of Ireland, Tokyo|
|New Zealand||18-30||12 months||Consulate General of Ireland, Auckland|
|South Korea||18-30||12 months||Embassy of Ireland, Seoul|
|Taiwan||18-30||12 months||Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service|
|USA||18+ (no upper age limit, must be enrolled in full-time post-secondary education or have graduated in previous 12 months)||12 months||Ireland Embassies or Consulates in the USA|
*Eligible Canadians may also participate in the Co-op Internship category, open to Canadian students registered at a post-secondary institution who intend to complete a paid work placement or internship in Ireland.
If you hold citizenship of an EU/EEA country or citizenship of Switzerland, you don’t need a Working Holiday Visa to work in Ireland.
If you hold citizenship of a non-EU/EEA country, nor hold citizenship of Switzerland, nor hold citizenship of any country listed in the table above, or if you are not eligible on account of your age or other criteria, please review our immigration section to find out which other option(s) may be available to you.
Working Holiday Visa eligibility checklist
In addition to the basic criteria outlined above, applicants must:
- hold a valid passport issued by a country with which Ireland has a reciprocal agreement;
- not be travelling accompanied by dependent family members, unless they have their own visa;
- not previously taken part in the program;
- have no criminal records;
- show sufficient funds for their maintenance during the initial period of their stay, either by proving €1,500 and have a return air ticket, or €3,000 without a return air ticket (proof of funds may be requested upon entry to Ireland);
- hold medical and accident insurance including hospitalization and repatriation for the duration of their stay; and
- pay the relevant fees.
Note that the Working Holiday Visa is valid in the Republic of Ireland only. It is not valid in Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom.