If you’re aged 18-30 and want to fund your travels around Ireland by working during your visit, you can apply for an Ireland working holiday visa. Also known as a Working Holiday Authorisation (WHA), this type of visa allows you to travel around Ireland for up to 12 months and work for any employer doing any kind of legal temporary or casual work during that time.
How to apply for an Ireland working holiday visa
Unfortunately, not just anyone can apply for an Ireland working holiday visa. Currently, you can only apply if you live in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan or the USA. Furthermore, if you’ve already had an Ireland working holiday visa in the past, you won’t be granted a second one.
To apply for a visa as a US citizen, you must be in full-time post-secondary education leading to an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree or have graduated from one of the aforementioned programmes within one year of sending your application.
Collect all necessary documents
If you meet all the eligibility requirements, it’s time to start applying for your visa. To get a visa you’ll need:
- Passport from one of the previously mentioned countries valid for at least three months after your intended departure date from Ireland
- Two recent colour passport-sized photographs
- Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself (approximately €1,500 plus a return ticket or €3,000)
- Medical insurance
- Visa fee
Present your documents
You can’t apply for your Ireland working holiday visa online or in the post. Instead, if you’re a non-Irish citizen you need to research your nearest Irish embassy or consulate and pick up the application form there in person. If you’re an Irish citizen living abroad and want to apply for a visa, you need to search for your national embassy or consulate in Ireland or, in some cases, the UK. For example, if you’re an Irish citizen living in Argentina, you’ll need to contact the Embassy of Argentina in Dublin to apply for your visa.
If you’re a resident in Australia, you don’t need to worry about organising your Ireland working holiday visa yourself. Visa First, the world’s leading provider of visas, can organise your visa on your behalf. They’ve got a 100% success rate and process more than 60,000 visas every year, so you know your application will be in good hands.
Generally, Ireland working holiday visas take 2-3 weeks to process, but we recommend you apply at least one month ahead of your planned travel dates to allow for any delays. The latest date your visa can be dated is three months after the date it’s issued, so don’t apply any earlier than 90 days before you plan to visit.
How much you need to pay for your Ireland working holiday visa entirely depends on the country in which you’re applying. But in addition to the visa fee, as a non-EU national, you’ve also got to pay €300 to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau to allow you to legally stay in Ireland for more than 90 days.