Getting started with a Working Holiday Visa Ireland
Country: The Republic of Ireland
Languages: English, Gaelic
Not to be confused with Northern Ireland (which is a part of the UK), the Republic of Ireland is
an interesting and popular place to travel and work. Whether it’s in the lively capital of Dublin or further afield, Ireland is a great place to work and travel.
Working Holiday Visa Ireland
A number of countries have reciprocal agreements with Ireland that allow for young people to
work in the country on a working holiday visa for up to a year (or up to two years in the case of Canadians). The following criteria must be met:
Citizenship of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina, Chile, Hong Kong,
USA, Taiwan or South Korea;
You must have sufficient funds to support yourself in Ireland, and get a return ticket
Applicants from the USA only must be a current student or recent graduate from a US
tertiary institution; and
You must be aged between 18 and 30 (or up to 35 if you are from Canada or Australia).
Note that as the Republic of Ireland is a member of the European Union, citizens from other EU
countries have rights to work and live in the country without a working holiday visa.
Work and Travel Ireland
– a company that can help you through the application process and assists with finding accommodation and a job.
How to Apply for a Working Holiday Visa
The process of applying for a working holiday visa in Ireland is a little bit complex. More
information should be sought from the relevant Irish embassy, however, a brief overview is as
You must get a Working Holiday Authorisation (WHA) from your local Irish embassy.
Contact the embassy to ensure you have the correct documents to submit to request a
WHA. Note that the number of WHAs is limited, so you should apply as soon as possible
in the year to avoid missing out.
Wait to receive the WHA which invites you to go to Ireland. You must enter Ireland
within 12 months of receiving this WHA.
Once in Ireland, you need to get an Irish Residence Permit. The cost is €300 and it must
be obtained within 30 days of arriving in Ireland.
Working Holiday Visa Ireland Accomodation
There are many great websites to help you find somewhere to live in Ireland. Here are some
– a popular Irish real estate website that lists thousands of properties for rent and sale in Ireland.
– another popular website for finding private or shared rentals
– another comprehensive classifieds website with houses and apartments all over Ireland
Gumtree – a well-known website for finding private and shared rentals in Ireland.
– housing can be quite expensive, especially in the major cities, so flat share can be a good option.
– another popular and reputable website for flat shares.
Working Holiday Visa Ireland Jobs
Finding a job in Ireland can take some patience, as the job market is quite competitive. Some
popular places to find work and travel jobs in Ireland are:
– a comprehensive and popular jobs website that features roles in many different industries including hospitality and tourism.
– a popular jobs website, Indeed lists thousands of jobs across Ireland, in many different industries.
– this website lists backpacker-friendly jobs all around the world, with a great section on Ireland.
– Gumtree is a popular classifieds website with many different jobs available. Just be careful as scams do operate on this site.
– one popular industry for working holiday visa holders is agriculture. This website lists many jobs in that industry.
Au Pair Ireland
– au pairing is a popular job for working holiday visa holders, and it usually provides free board and accommodation. This is one of the most popular au pair websites in Ireland.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Ireland depends largely on where you live. Here is a comparison of the cost of living in two popular areas: