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Working Holidays

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Where Can I  Go?

Ireland has working holiday agreements with the governments of Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea (South) and TaiwanIn addition to the Working Holiday schemes, Irish citizens may be eligible to travel to the USA under the 12 month Intern Work and Travel Programme (IWT Programme) or to Canada under the 12 month Internship Co-op category and the 24 month Young Professionals category of the International Experience Canada (IEC). 

Below you'll find an overview of all the working holiday options available to Irish citizens. For full details of each working holiday can be found in our leaflet Working Holidays for Irish Citizens.

You can also take a look at www.dfa.ie/travel/visas/working-holiday-visas/.

 

Eligibility

The eligibility criteria and conditions differ from country to country, but usually working holiday schemes are aimed at young adults who wish to travel to another country for a holiday allowing them to find casual or temporary work while they are there

Employment does not have to be arranged before travelling although there may be restrictions on the type or work you can do and the length of time you can work for each employer. In general, you are required to meet health and character requirements and hold private health insurance for the duration of your trip. In addition, you are usually required to have proof of reasonable funds to support yourself, and hold a return ticket or enough funds to purchase such a ticket. In some cases you may also need to provide police certificates. 

Get Support

If you are thinking about going abroad on a working holiday, take a look at our list of Irish support organisations worldwide as many can provide additional infomation on the country you are thinking of going to.

Country

Age

Visa Duration

Max. number of visas available per year

Argentina

18 - 30

6 months

100

Australia

18 – 30

12 months

unlimited

Canada - IEC Working Holiday

Canada - IEC Young Professionals

 

Canada - IEC International Co-op

18 – 35

 

 18-35


 18-35

24 months

 

24 months 

 

 12 months

7,700 

 

2,500 

 

500 

Chile

18 - 30

6-12 months

100

Hong Kong

18 – 30

12 months

200

Japan

18 – 25

12 months

400

New Zealand

18 -30

12 months

unlimited

Republic of Korea (South Korea)

18 – 30

12 months

400

Taiwan

18 – 30

6 months

400

USA - Intern Work & Travel

Over 18

12 months

20,000