Working Holiday Authorisation

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Ireland has working holiday agreements with Australia, Argentina, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, and the USA which allow young people of both countries to fund an extended holiday through temporary work. To do this you must first apply for a Working Holiday Authorisation (WHA) from your nearest Irish Embassy/Consulate.

Sufficient funds

A condition of the WHA is that you must have enough money to support yourself for at least the first part of your holiday or in case you don’t find work. Immigration officials may ask for proof that you have sufficient funds when applying for your WHA.

Medical insurance

Another condition of the WHA is that you must have private medical insurance to cover any costs in case you have an accident or fall ill while in Ireland.

Immigration controls

Even if you have a WHA, you’re still subject to normal immigration controls when you enter Ireland. As a non-EU national, upon arrival in Ireland you must register with the National Immigration Bureau to stay in Ireland for more than 90 days. There is a fee of €300 to obtain your Irish Residence Permit (IRP). Please click here for how to get your IRP

How to apply for your WHA

Argentina

Embassy of Ireland in Buenos Aires

Australia

Embassy of Ireland in Canberra

Canada

Embassy of Ireland in Ottawa 

Chile

Embassy of Ireland in Chile

Hong Kong

Consulate General of Ireland, Hong Kong

Japan

Embassy of Ireland in Tokyo

New Zealand

Ireland’s Honorary Consulate in Auckland

South Korea

Embassy of Ireland in Seoul

Taiwan

Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service

USA

Ireland’s Embassies or Consulates in the USA

For more information please go to the Irish Dept. of Justice and Equality website, please click on the image below

For more information please go to the Irish Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade website, please click on the image below

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
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