Working Holiday Visa

Working Holiday Authorisation

Ireland’s working holiday agreements with other governments allow young people of both countries to fund an extended holiday through temporary work.

If you want to work during your holiday in Ireland, you need to apply for a Working Holiday Authorisation (WHA) from your nearest Irish Embassy/Consulate or relevant organisation.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and our representatives and agents, reserve the right to ask for further documentation and/or to refuse any application for a Working Holiday Authorisation (WHA).

Sufficient funds
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 you enter Ireland.

Medical insurance
We strongly recommend that you get private medical insurance to cover any costs in case you have an accident or fall ill while in Ireland.

Finding work
The market for short-term casual work in Ireland is highly competitive and adequately supplied by the large number of school leavers and other young Irish and EU nationals looking for work. Getting your WHA is not a guarantee of finding work.

Immigration controls

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Even if you have a WHA, you’re still subject to normal immigration controls when you enter Ireland. As a non-EU national, you must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau to stay in Ireland for more than 90 days. There is a fee of €300 for the issue of a Garda (police) registration card.

How to apply

Argentina

Embassy of Ireland in Buenos Aires

Australia

Embassy of Ireland in Canberra

Canada

Student Work Abroad Programme (on behalf of Embassy of Ireland in Ottawa)

Hong Kong

Ireland’s Honorary Consulate in 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 link 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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