Ireland Working Holiday Visa

If you are a young person wanting to come to Ireland to travel and work for up to 12 months, you might be eligible for the Ireland Working Holiday Visa. Canadian citizens might be able to spend up to 24 months in Ireland on this permit.

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    What is the Ireland Working Holiday Visa?

    The Ireland Working Holiday Visa is intended for young people from certain countries who want to come to Ireland for long-term tourism and to work to fund their travels.

    The work you do while in Ireland on the Working Holiday Visa should be an addition to your holiday, not the main purpose of your visit. If you want to come to Ireland mainly to work, you should apply for an Employment Visa to Ireland instead.

    If your application for the Ireland Working Holiday Visa is successful, you will be able to stay in the country for up to 12 months. The only exception is if you are a citizen of Canada. Then, you will have the right to stay in Ireland for up to 24 months.

    After you arrive in Ireland, you have to register at an immigration office to receive an Irish Residence Permit allowing you to stay in the country for more than 90 days.

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    Who can apply for the Ireland Working Holiday Visa?

    Currently, Ireland has working holiday agreements with the following countries:

    • Argentina
    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Chile
    • Hong Kong
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • South Korea
    • Taiwan
    • USA.

    If you are a citizen of one of these countries, you can apply for the Ireland Working Holiday Visa provided that you meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • You have a passport valid for at least 30 months from the date of your admission into Ireland
    • You have not previously come to Ireland on the Working Holiday Visa
    • You do not have a criminal record
    • You have enough funds to support yourself during your stay in Ireland
    • You can provide proof showing that you paid the visa application fee
    • You have medical and accident insurance
    • You intend to return to your home country once your Working Holiday Visa expires.

    If you are not sure whether you are eligible for the Ireland Working Holiday Visa, contact our lawyers. They will assess your eligibility for it and will help you submit your application.

    What are the country-specific rules for the Ireland Working Holiday Visa?

    In addition to the general requirements, to be eligible for the Working Holiday Visa, you have to meet certain rules that vary depending on where you come from. The country-specific rules for the Ireland Working Holiday Visa are:

    • Argentina – individuals between the ages of 18-35 can apply and successful applicants can stay in Ireland for up to 12 months
    • Australia – individuals between the ages of 18-35 can apply and successful applicants can stay in Ireland for a total of 12 months but only 6 months with one employer
    • Canada – individuals between the ages of 18-35 can apply and successful applicants can stay in Ireland for up to 24 months
    • Chile – individuals between the ages of 18-35 can apply and successful applicants can stay in Ireland for up to 12 months
    • Hong Kong – individuals between the ages of 18-30 can apply and successful applicants can stay in Ireland for a total of 12 months but only 3 months with one employer
    • Japan – individuals between the ages of 18-30 can apply and successful applicants can stay in Ireland for up to 12 months
    • New Zealand – individuals between the ages of 18-30 can apply and successful applicants can stay in Ireland for up to 12 months
    • South Korea – individuals between the ages of 18-30 can apply and successful applicants can stay in Ireland for up to 12 months
    • Taiwan – individuals between the ages of 18-30 can apply and successful applicants can stay in Ireland for up to 12 months
    • USA – individuals who are 18 years of age or older (there is no upper age limit) can apply provided that they are enrolled in full-time post-secondary education or they graduated in the last 12 months. Successful applicants can spend a maximum of 12 months in Ireland.

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      How to apply for the Ireland Working Holiday Visa?

      To obtain the Ireland Working Holiday Visa, you have to complete the application form for a Working Holiday Authorization. You can find it on the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

      Keep in mind that it is not possible to apply for the Working Holiday Visa in Ireland. You have to submit your application to the Irish embassy in your home country. The only difference is if you are a citizen of Taiwan. Then, you have to apply through the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.

      In addition to the application form, you have to prepare a number of documents that prove your eligibility for the Working Holiday Visa. If you hire one of our immigration lawyers, they will help you put together a complete portfolio of evidence.

      When you arrive in Ireland, you have to show your Working Holiday Authorisation and your supporting documents to border officials. They might ask you to explain why you want to enter Ireland. Based on the information you provide, they will decide whether you can be admitted into Ireland.

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        How can Total Law help?

        Applying for the Ireland Working Holiday Visa can be complex because the requirements are slightly different depending on where you come from. Our lawyers can explain to you in detail what rules apply to you based on your country of origin and they can guide you through each step of the application process. They can also help you gather documents that prove your eligibility for the Ireland Working Holiday Visa.

        At Total Law, we have a team of highly-qualified lawyers who have helped many clients successfully apply for various visas to Ireland, including the Working Holiday Visa. Thanks to their help, you can be sure that your Working Holiday Visa application has been completed to the highest standard.

        If you hire one of our lawyers, they will answer all your questions and clear any doubts you might have.

        Call us today on +353 061 518 025 to find out more about how Total Law can help.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  If you are a citizen of a country that belongs to the EU/EEA, you do not have to apply for a Working Holiday Visa or any other visa to come to Ireland. You can arrive in Ireland without a visa and you are allowed to work and study without having to obtain a work permit.

                  You can remain in Ireland visa-free for up to 90 days but, if after this period you can prove that you are working in Ireland, you will be able to stay in the country longer. Keep in mind that, even if you do not need a visa to come to Ireland, you have to register with an immigration office if you intend to stay in the country for longer than 90 days

                  If your application for the Ireland Working Holiday Visa is successful, you can start preparing for your journey but you have to be aware of the fact that receiving the visa does not guarantee that you will be permitted entry into Ireland.

                  When you arrive, you have to provide a number of documents to border officials. If they are satisfied with the information you give them, they will stamp your passport and you will be able to enter Ireland.

                  Then, you have to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau to receive permission to stay in Ireland longer than 3 months.

                  Where you have to go to register depends on where you will be staying after you arrive in Ireland.

                  If you will be based in Dublin City or country, you have to go to Burgh Quay Registration Office, which is located in the city centre of Dublin. If, however, you will be staying outside of Dublin City or county, you will have to find a local registration office.

                  For applicants from almost all eligible countries, the Ireland Working Holiday Visa is valid for 12 months. Citizens of Canada, however, can stay in Ireland longer, for up to 24 months.

                  There are additional rules citizens of certain countries have to be aware of. For example, during the 12 months of the visa’s validity, citizens of Australia can spend a maximum of 6 months with one employer.