Republic of Ireland Working Holiday

The Republic of Ireland is a popular working holiday destination. Irish pubs, Guinness, Riverdance, Waterford Crystal, leprechauns, blarney, the Cliffs of Moher, Yeats and U2 are some of the things synonymous with the Emerald Isle that help to attract many visitors to her shores.

It should be noted that the Republic of Ireland is a separate country to Northern Ireland which is part of Great Britain. A UK working holiday should be applied for if you wish to go on a working holiday to Northern Ireland. Many people who wish to stay in the UK and or Ireland often apply for and undertake one of the working holiday visas ie. UK and stay for two years in the UK and once that is completed apply for the Irish visa and stay another year but in Ireland.

The Republic of Ireland is a member country of the European Union (EU) so citizens of other EU members countries are able to live and work in Ireland without a visa or work permit. Visit the European Union’s official website at for more details.

Working Holiday Visa

US citizens are eligible to apply for Working Holiday Authorization in Ireland and should do this by contacting their nearest Irish Consulate.

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens ofAustralia, Argentina, Canada, Chile, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and New Zealand.
Age: 18 to 30 years inclusive, be single or married without children.
Length of stay: 12 months
Contact: Your nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate for more details and to apply.
Types of work: temporary or casual nature in hospitality (particularly chefs, waiting and serving Guinness in bars), nursing and office based positions mostly in Dublin.

We are currently updating our travel guide LiveWork&Play in Ireland. Please re-visit again soon to get your copy.

Travelling and working in ireland

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