The Irish Working Holiday Visa scheme allows young Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders and Americans between 18 and 30 years old to visit Ireland for an extended holiday supplemented by casual employment for 12 months.
Irish Working Holiday Visa Requirements
- You are aged between 18 and 30 (inclusive)
- You are a citizen of Australia, New Zealand, Canada or US*.
- You have enough funds to support yourself on arrival.
- You have not held / applied for an Ireland Working Holiday Visa before.
*Note for US citizens: In order to qualify for the programme, you should be either in post-secondary education or have recently graduated (ie within the last 12 months).
Conditions of Work
The Irish Working Holiday Visa entitles you to take up temporary or casual work in Ireland to help fund your trip. The Irish Visa is valid for 12 months, but Australian visa holders are not permitted to work for any one employer for more than six months.
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- You must be aged between 18 and 30 (inclusive). Your Irish Visa application must be submitted before your 31st birthday.
- You must have a passport from Australia, Canada, New Zealand or US which will be valid for at least three months after your intended departure from Ireland. (Please note that Visa First currently only organise Irish WHM Visas for Australian citizens)
- You must not have had / applied for an Irish Working Holiday Visa before
- You must declare any criminal convictions - some will result in ineligibility.
- You must provide evidence, such as a bank statement, of sufficient funds to support yourself for the initial part of your stay. AU$2500 plus a return ticket, or AU$5000 is considered sufficient.
Age Requirements - You must be aged between 18 and 30 years old to be eligible for an Irish Working Holiday Visa. You have until 2 months prior to your 31st birthday to apply. Once the Working Holiday Visa is granted you have 12 months in which to enter Ireland. Once you enter Ireland you are eligible to stay for 12 months in Ireland.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What if I’m already 31?
If you are already 31, you are no longer eligible to apply for the visa. Perhaps you will be interested in going to Northern Ireland under the Youth Mobility Visa Scheme.
If you had your Ireland Working Holiday Visa approved before your 31th birthday, your have 12 months to activate it.
How do I apply for my Irish Visa?
The fastest way is to apply is by phone and one of our team will send you the forms and start organising your visa to Ireland immediately.
You will be asked a series of visa questions. Once these are answered we will then send you a receipt which you will need to return to us along with your passport. You can pay by credit card over the phone or by money order - contact us for more.
I am planning to travel to Ireland later this year, when can I apply?
Can I re-enter Ireland if I leave?
What services do you provide for American residents?
How long will it take?
Do I need evidence of funds?
How long can I work for?
Can I apply for this Ireland Visa if I have children?
Can I reapply if I got an Irish Visa but didn’t enter Ireland?
Can I apply for the Irish working holiday visa from the UK?
My visa is due to run out. How long do I have to leave Ireland before I can return on holiday?
Can I have an Irish visa and work in the UK?
If I attain an Irish visa as an Australia, can I work in the UK?
I will have a student visa for the UK but I would like to hold a working holiday visa for Ireland beforehand. It states that I must show a return flight but in my situation my next destination would not be home (Canada), but would be the UK for my studies. What would I need to do in this situation? Would I simply need to show my flight ticket to the UK?
If I am applying for an Irish working visa while I am in the UK, how much funds do I need to prove I have? Will I need to have a return plane ticket as I am currently on the UK visa which is valid for 2 years?
I have Schengen visa from French Consulate. Had been to Paris 3 months ago. Now I want to go to the Netherlands. Can I directly go to Netherlands now?
If I am applying for an Irish working holiday visa while I am in England, will I be able to show a return ticket back to Australia from England or will it need to a return flight from Ireland?
I am currently on a working visa in the UK for 2 years am i able to apply for Ireland visa while working here, just before my Uk Visa runs out (like 1 month befor) go and work in Ireland for 12 months?
Does my work Visa cover me to work through all of Ireland as an Australian?
I'm a student, and, as such, my proof of income is the scholarships I'll be using to cover my study abroad trip. Does that work?
Will I need to show evidence of funds when entering the country or only when I applying for the visa?
If I am a tourist in the UK, and obtain a working holiday visa for Ireland from there, will a flight back to the UK be sufficient to support and application with $2,500? Or will I have to leave the EU (e.g. Norway?)?
What types of accomadations do you offer for us on an irish holiday visa? And how do you help us aquire a job?
I have been looking at applying for a Work Holiday Visa, however, I am little confused. I am an American and every place I look says something different about my eligibility. On your info page, you states that US citizens can apply, however, on the eligibility page, it states that I must have a valid passport from Australia, Canada, or New Zealand. Does this mean I am ineligible?
I am currently living in South Africa. Am I able to apply for the working holiday from here?
I am an Australian enquiring about a work visa in Ireland. I am currently travelling and not sure if I can apply for the visa while I am travelling or do I need to be home in Australia to apply?
Once a visa is issued, what is the longest time before the visa starts?
I have a UK bank account and a UK NI number from a previous UK working holiday can I still use that when I’m in Ireland?
I am a Canadian citizen but a resident in the UK. I would like to apply for a working holiday visa to Ireland. Can I do this from the UK or do i need to be back in Canada?
Are there any specific requirements for US applicants?
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