Immigration Advice Service
Call +353 061 518 025 (local rate)

Open Mon - Sat, 9.00am - 8.00pm

Menu

Ireland Working Holiday Visa

Ireland Working Holiday Visa

The Ireland Working Holiday Visa, otherwise known as the Working Holiday Authorisation scheme, is a program for young people of certain countries to visit Ireland to work. It is part of a reciprocal agreement which Ireland has with ten other countries.

You can stay in Ireland for up to 12 months on this visa (and for up to 24 months if you are Canadian).

Call us on (+353) 061 518 025 for expert guidance on the Irish Working Holiday Visa. We’re here to help you in person, via the phone or online.

Request a call back from our immigration experts

Fill out the form

What is the Ireland Working Holiday Visa?

The Irish Working Holiday Visa program is a scheme for young people of certain countries to work in Ireland. for up to 12 months, or 24 months for Canadian citizens. Places on this scheme are limited, and you cannot apply if you are already in Ireland.

If you are eligible, you can stay in Ireland for up to 12 months under the Working Holiday Authorisation program. Citizens of Canada can stay for up to 24 months under this program.

It is vitally important that you register at an immigration registration office when you arrive in Ireland as soon as possible. You will receive an Irish Residence Permit if your registration is successful.

EXCELLENT
Immigration Advice Service 4.7 rating 414 reviews
Reviews.io Logo

Who is Eligible for the Irish Working Holiday Visa?

The Irish Working Holiday Visa scheme is designed for young people who wish to spend up to 12 months (24 months for Canadian citizens) working in Ireland. Currently, Ireland has reciprocal working holiday agreements with ten countries.

The Irish Working Holiday Visa is available to citizens of a certain age from the following countries:

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

Main Ireland Working Holiday Visa Requirements

Every eligible candidate for an Irish Working Holiday Visa must:

  • Hold a valid passport which was issued by one of the countries listed above and is valid for 30 months from the date of entry into Ireland
  • Have not previously taken part in the program
  • Have no criminal record
  • Be able to show that they have sufficient funds for the duration of their stay. This can be proved through showing they have €1,500 and a return air ticket or €3,000 without a return air ticket
  • Have proof that they have paid the visa fee
  • Have medical and accident insurance
  • Not be travelling accompanied by dependent family members (unless they have their own visa)

Each country has slightly different rules and eligibility criteria, which are shown in greater detail below.

To find out the full requirements for the Ireland Working Holiday Visa, please do not hesitate to contact us Contact Us

Fill out the form

Ireland Working Holiday Visa Authorisation and Rules Based on Country

CountryAge range Duration
Argentina18-3512 months
Australia18-3512 months (max 6 months with any employer)
Canada18-3524 months
Chile18-3012 months
Hong Kong18-3012 months (max 3 months with any employer)
Japan18-3012 months
New Zealand18-3012 months
South Korea18-3012 months
Taiwan18-3012 months
USA18+ (no upper age limit. Person must be enrolled in full-time post-secondary education, or graduated in last 12 months)12 months

What is the Application Process for an Ireland Working Holiday Visa?

It is important to note that before you travel to Ireland, you need to apply for a Working Holiday Authorisation through your country’s embassy. Citizens of Taiwan will need to apply through the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, rather than the embassy.

Those who qualify for the scheme will be issued with an authorisation which they must carry with them when they travel to Ireland. You will need to provide this to immigration officials when you land in Ireland.

When you arrive in Ireland, you will need to report to border officials. You will need to provide them with the documents they request and explain why you wish to enter the State.

Unfortunately, even if you receive prior Working Holiday Authorisation, it isn’t guaranteed that you will be permitted entry into Ireland. The immigration officials will decide whether you can enter the country based on the documents you provide.

What Happens if I am Permitted Entry into Ireland

If border control is satisfied, a landing stamp will be placed in your passport. The landing stamp indicates permission to enter and to stay up until a certain date, which is usually 90 days from the date you landed.

It is imperative that you register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau at an immigration registration office as soon as possible after you enter Ireland.

Through completing your registration, your permission to stay longer than 90 days in Ireland will be official. If you fail to register in time, you may be forced to leave the country.

How do I Register in Ireland?

The registration process differs somewhat depending on where you are living in Ireland.

If you live in Dublin City or county, you will need to go to Burgh Quay Registration Office in Dublin city centre. You must book an appointment before visiting the office – you will not be able to register without an appointment.

It is possible to book the appointment up to ten weeks in advance. You can also book the appointment before you arrive in Ireland.

Those living outside of Dublin City or county will need to register at the registration office nearest to where they live. It is a good idea to get in touch with the registration office to find out whether you need to book an appointment or not.

 

What Happens at the Registration Office?

You will need to bring your passport and original Working Holiday Authorisation with you when you go to register. If you do not bring both of these documents, you will not be able to register.

The cost of registration is €300 per person, which can be paid by bank giro or by credit or debit card (at most registration offices).

At the registration office, an immigration officer will examine the documents you provide. They will decide whether you qualify to have your immigration permission extended beyond 90 days.

If your registration is successful, the immigration officer will place a new permission stamp in your passport and issue you with an Irish Residence Permit (IRP).

What do I Need to Know About the Irish Residence Permit?

The IRP indicates that your permission to stay in Ireland has been registered, as well as the type of permission you have (stamp number). You ought to carry your IRP with you at all times.

If you registered at the Dublin immigration office, the immigration officer will stamp your passport and register you before your appointment ends. Your IRP will be sent to you by post and should arrive within ten working days.

If you registered at a different registration office and your registration was successful, you will be asked to return to the office at a new date and time to complete the registration.

During your second visit, you will be registered, your passport will be stamped, and you will receive your IRP.

Get in touch with our expert immigration lawyers to learn how to apply for the Critical Skills Employment Permit Contact us

Fill out the form

Advice Package icon

Advice Package

Comprehensive immigration advice tailored to your circumstances and goals.

Application Package icon

Application Package

Designed to make your visa application as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Fast Track Package icon

Fast Track Package

Premium application service that ensures your visa application is submitted to meet your deadline.

Appeal Package icon

Appeal Package

Ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful appeal. We will represent you in any case.

Advice Package image

The Advice Package

With our untimed Advice Session, our professional immigration lawyers will review your case and provide you with comprehensive advice, completely tailored to your needs and your situation.

Fill out the form

Request the Advice Package
Application Package image

The Application Package

With our Application Package, your dedicated caseworker will advise you on your application process and eligibility. Your legal advisor will then complete and submit your forms to the Department of Justice & Equality on your behalf.

Fill out the form

Request the Application Package
Fast Track Package image

The Fast Track Package

Our Fast-Track Application Package is a premium service for those who need to submit their application in time with their deadlines. Your case will become a top priority for our lawyers and you will benefit from our highest-quality services.

Fill out the form

Request the Fast Track Package
Appeal Package image

The Appeal Package

By choosing our Appeal Package, you can rely on our lawyers’ legal knowledge and experience to ensure you have the highest chance of a successful appeal. We will also fully represent you in any hearings/tribunals.

Fill out the form

Request the Appeal Package

We offer immigration advice sessions as face to face appointments, via the phone or online Learn more

Request a call back from our immigration experts

Frequently Asked Questions

The Immigration Advice Service is a leading immigration law firm with offices in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

We understand that immigration applications can be arduous and extremely time-consuming. That is why we created our application package.

The application package is designed to assist you through the entire Working Holiday Visa application process. One of our expert immigration lawyers in Ireland will work with you and complete the application to the highest possible standards, maximising your chances of a successful outcome.

Call us now on (+353) 061 518 025 to find out more.

If you applied from the Dublin office and were successful with your application, an Irish Residence Permit (IRP) will be sent to you by post.

You must get in contact with the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) If you do not receive your IRP within 15 working days.

If your circumstances change, including your employment status, you need to inform INIS. You may be sent a new IRP if INIS deem it to be necessary. You can also contact INIS if there are any errors on the IRP, such as a misspelling of your name.

If your IRP is lost or stolen, you must get in contact with INIS immediately.

It is not possible to extend the Irish Working Holiday Visa. If you wish to remain longer in Ireland when your visa expires, you must leave the country and make another immigration application.