Working Holiday Ireland Visa info
The Working Holiday Agreement between Ireland and the US allows Irish and US citizens to work and travel in each other countries for up to 12 months.
In order to qualify for the programme participants should be either in post-secondary education or have recently graduated (i.e. within 12 months).
This new programme will not affect the operation of the highly successful Student Work and Travel programme which permits students from the US and Ireland to work and travel for several months every summer. This J1 programme will continue to exist as a separate, more limited programme.
HOW TO APPLY?
US citizens wishing to travel to Ireland under the terms of the agreement should make an application for a US Working Holiday Authorisation at the Embassy of Ireland in Washington or the Consulates General of Ireland in Boston, Chicago, New York and San Francisco. Please click here for contact details.
PLEASE NOTE: US CITIZENS INTERESTED IN A WORKING HOLIDAY IN IRELAND MAY APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE IRISH EMBASSY OR NEAREST IRISH CONSULATES GENERAL.
A completed and signed application form (PDF 35kb) should be presented at the Embassy of Ireland in Washington, or at one of the Irish Consulates General in Boston, Chicago, New York or San Francisco together with:
Valid United States passport;
2 recent identical passport photographs with your name on the reverse;
Current curriculum vitae (with references);
Original bank statement showing that you have access to €1,500 ($2, 000) plus a return ticket; or €3,000 ($4, 000);
Originals of any qualifications obtained or letter from school/college/university (where applicable)
The fee of €250 or $365;
Once the Embassy or Consulate General is satisfied with the documentation above, the application will be approved in principle and the applicant notified. The Working Holiday Authorisation will be issued on submission by the applicant of:
Return airline tickets;
Certificate of medical/travel insurance valid for the duration of the trip (based on dates on tickets)
Valid United States passport that is valid for the entirety of the trip to Ireland ie for a full year after their ticketed date of entry.