Apply for a Volunteer Visa

**Please Note**

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus we are not in a position to offer travel advice to travellers wishing to come to Ireland. Please consult with WHO guidelines for your country before travelling


A non-refundable fee of €100 applies to this application and must be paid in full at the time of the Permission to Volunteer preclearance application. The fee must be paid by Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT). The bank details for EFT are set out on the application form. When making any transfer please take into account potential bank charges and currency exchange rates. To avoid additional bank charges, or exchange rate fluctuations, you may wish to make an arrangement with your sponsoring organisation in Ireland for them to make payment on your behalf from within Ireland, and for you then to submit evidence of this to the Preclearance Unit. All charges/costs relating to fee payment must be absorbed by the applicant. The Preclearance Unit cannot process applications where full fee has not been received. Other fees, including a fee in respect of a visa if applicable to you, and a registration fee, may also apply.

Documents Required

Your Permission to Volunteer preclearance application will not be processed if you do not attach all the supporting documentation required (listed below). If you submit false or misleading information or false supporting documentation as part of your application, it will result in the refusal of your application. It may also result in you being prevented from making any further applications for a period of up to 5 years. The Preclearance Section reserve the right to request the originals at any time. The Preclearance Officer may also request further information outside of the list below, where it is deemed necessary.

Letters from companies, universities, schools, colleges, banks, must be on official letter heading paper and show the organisation’s: Full name, Full postal address, Telephone number, Website address, Email address (Yahoo and Hotmail email addresses are not accepted), A contact person’s name and title/position, Written signature of an authorised representative (electronic signature are not accepted)

  1. A full colour copy of current passport (all pages)
  2. Letter of sponsorship from your sponsoring organisation
    • This should be on headed paper from your sponsor and must include full contact details, including for example website, email, phone number. (Yahoo and Hotmail email addresses are not accepted; electronic signatures are not accepted)
    • It must detail your intended role in the State and it must demonstrate why you are needed for the role.
    • It must show how they intend to support you in the State
  3. Full six months bank statement
    • Bank statements must be on headed bank paper (You may use a printed internet statement but it must be officially certified by your bank. We will not accept uncertified internet statements),
    • They must show your name and address
    • They must show the bank account number and account type, for example checking/current account, savings/deposit account
    • They must show money paid in and out of the account over the last 6 months
  4. Full six months bank statement from the sponsor.
    • Audited accounts of the sponsor should be available if required by the immigration authorities
  5. Evidence of your qualifications and/or work/volunteer experience
    • Copies of qualifications
    • Letters from previous employers on headed paper (following rules for documents above) with details of job title, duties, and dates of employment/volunteering should be submitted.
    • Please note that a CV/resume is not considered evidence of work/volunteer experience.
  6. Police Clearance Certificate (not more than three months old, to also include a criminal records check) from your country of current residence and any country you have resided in, in the 3 years prior to your application. This must be issued by the police force of that country and must include a full check of that country’s national and local records. Criminal record checks conducted by private companies will not be accepted.
  7. Confirmation from your sponsor they have obtained Garda Síochána vetting for you if you will be working in a role involving children and/or vulnerable adults. A Garda Vetting certificate will need to be submitted as part of your application.
    • If Garda Vetting is not submitted, then there must be a clear written undertaking from the sponsoring organisation, in the sponsorship letter accompanying the application, that you will have no involvement with children or vulnerable adults during the course of your work in Ireland.
  8. You must be in a position to show evidence of medical/travel insurance for you, which covers the required amounts, when arriving in the state.
  9. If you have previously been refused a visa, or deported from, or otherwise were required to leave any country, you will need to submit the associated documentation from the authorities of that country.

*Please Note: If you submit a document that is not in Irish or English, it must be accompanied by a full translation into one of these languages. Each translated document must contain:

  • Confirmation from the translator that it is accurate translation of the original document
  • Date of the translation
  • The translator’s full name and signature
  • The translator’s contact details

Apply for your Permission to Volunteer


Please complete the Permission to Volunteer preclearance application form and send it together with the Permission to Volunteer required supporting documentation to:

Preclearance Section

Visa Division

Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service

13/14 Burgh Quay

Dublin 2