Internship Visa to Ireland

If you are a foreign citizen thinking of coming to Ireland to complete an internship, you should apply for the Internship Visa to Ireland.

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    What is the Internship Visa to Ireland?

    The Internship Visa to Ireland allows non-EEA citizens to travel to Ireland to complete an internship. Depending on the duration of your internship in Ireland, you can apply for a Long Stay ‘D’ Visa, allowing you to stay in Ireland for more than 3 months, or a Short Stay ‘C’ Visa, granting you the permission to remain in Ireland for less than 3 months.

    To be able to receive the Internship Visa, you have to be coming to Ireland to complete a paid internship. Unfortunately, it is not possible to apply for the Internship Visa with the intention of becoming an unpaid intern in Ireland. Additionally, to qualify, you have to be registered as a full-time student in a foreign country.

    If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country, you can travel to Ireland to take part in an internship without having to obtain a visa first. Keep in mind, however, that for stays longer than 90 days you have to register with the Immigration Bureau even if you do not need an entry visa to Ireland.

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    Who is eligible for the Internship Visa?

    To be able to obtain the Internship Visa to Ireland, you have to meet the following requirements:

    • You are a student of a third-level course
    • You have secured an internship offer in Ireland
    • You will be receiving at least the National Minimum Wage for the work you do during the internship
    • Your internship is in a role that is on the list of Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations
    • You intend to leave Ireland after your internship programme finishes
    • Your internship in Ireland is relevant to your study course
    • You are able to provide details of any financial support you will be receiving during your stay in Ireland.

    Before you submit your visa application, you have to apply for immigration permission granting you the right to complete a paid internship programme in Ireland. It is only after you receive permission that you can apply for your Internship Visa to Ireland.

    How can I apply for the Internship Visa?

    The first step of the application process for the Internship Visa is to complete an online form using the Employment Permits Online System. In your online application, you have to explain what the reason for your intended travel to Ireland is. You also have to provide details of your internship programme in Ireland and indicate how long you will stay in the country.

    Once you complete the form, your application will be sent for processing by immigration officials. Sometimes they might request additional information. If that happens, you will have 28 days to submit the required evidence.

    After you submit the form you will see an application summary sheet where you can find information explaining where to send your supporting documents to. You need to include a number of documents that prove your eligibility for the Internship Visa. For example, you have to submit proof showing that you received an internship offer in Ireland.

    If your application is accepted, you will be able to start preparing for your journey to Ireland. If, however, you are refused the Internship Visa, you will be given an explanation for the decision.

    What is the waiting time for the Internship Visa?

    The waiting time for the decision regarding Internship Visa applications varies as each case is different. Nevertheless, most applications are processed within 6-8 weeks. If you fail to submit some of the required evidence, you will have 28 days to provide it. During this period, the processing of your application will be put on hold. That means that the total processing time will be longer.

    You should submit your application at least 12 weeks prior to the proposed internship start date. This way you will allow enough time for processing and correcting any mistakes.

    Keep in mind that applications for the Internship Visa to Ireland are processed in chronological order so how long you will have to wait depends also on how many people applied around the same time as you.

    How much does the Internship Visa to Ireland cost?

    The cost of the Internship Visa to Ireland depends on whether you are applying for a single-entry or a multiple-entry permit. Regardless of whether you want to obtain the Long Stay ‘D’ Visa or the Short Stay ‘C’ one, the price for a single entry visa is €60 and for the multiple-entry one €100.

    In addition to that, you will have to pay the following Internship Employment Permit fees:

    • €500 if you are applying for a permit valid for up to 6 months
    • €1000 if you are applying for a permit valid from 6 to 12 months.

    If you are refused the Internship Visa, you will receive a refund worth ninety per cent of the fee. To maximise the chances of your application being accepted, hire one of our immigration lawyers. They will help you submit your application and gather documents that prove your eligibility for the Internship Visa.

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      At Total Law, we have a team of highly-qualified lawyers who have expert knowledge of Irish immigration law. They have helped many clients successfully apply for various visas to Ireland, including the Internship Visa.

      If you hire one of our lawyers, they will help you complete your application and will review it prior to submission to make sure there are no mistakes. They will also help you prepare a portfolio of evidence with all documents that immigration officials might need to process your application.

      Your lawyer will always be around to answer your questions and guide you through each step of the application process, from the very beginning until the very end.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                For Irish employers to be able to accept interns from abroad, they need to obtain an Intern Permit. Employers who want to apply for it have to be able to prove that they are genuine and that they operate in Ireland legally.

                They also need to be registered with the Revenue Commissioners and they have to prove that they intend to give remuneration to interns who come from abroad.

                Intern Permits are granted only to employers only if more than half of their employees are EEA nationals.

                The Atypical Working Scheme is an immigration permit intended for highly-skilled individuals such as paid researchers or Locum doctors coming to work in general practice, the hospital sector, or the primary care sector.

                The scheme allows non-EEA nationals to come to Ireland temporarily to do certain short-term contract work that is not eligible for an employment permit. Under the Atypical Working Scheme, you can work in Ireland for a company that has a skill shortage.

                Foreign citizens who are coming to Ireland to complete an internship might also be eligible for the Atypical Working Scheme provided that the internship is a required part of a study course at a higher educational institution in their country.

                Unfortunately, even if your application for the Internship Visa is successful, you cannot bring your family with you to Ireland. That is because the Internship Visa allows you to stay in the country only for a limited period of time.

                If you want your loved ones to come to Ireland with you, they can apply for their own visas such as the Tourist Visa to Ireland. If they came to Ireland on this visa, they would not be allowed to work but they could explore the country and keep you company while you were doing your internship.

                At Total Law, we understand that being separated from your family can be difficult so we can explain to you what your options are if you want to bring them to Ireland with you.

                If you want to come to Ireland to complete an internship, you can apply either for a Long Stay ‘D’ Visa or a Short Stay ‘C’ Visa. Long Stay Visas to Ireland allow non-EEA citizens to stay in the country for more than 3 months while Short Stay ones give them permission to remain in Ireland for a maximum of 90 days.

                You should decide which type of visa to Ireland to apply for based on how long your internship programme in Ireland will last. Keep in mind that Short Stay ‘C’ Visas cannot be extended. That means that after spending 3 months in Ireland, you must leave the country.