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Working Holiday Authorisation Programme 2020


The period for making applications for the 2020 Working Holiday Authorisation (WHA) Programme will open at 09.00 Taipei time on 01/10/2019.

Applications for the 2020 programme will be processed in one batch at the end of 2019, and the following rules will apply:

Applications will be processed in the chronological order in which they are received. The first 400 eligible applications that are received during the application period beginning in October 2019 will be issued Working Holiday Authorization at the beginning of 2020.  A 2020 Working Holiday Authorisation will allow you to commence your 12 month working holiday to Ireland at any time during 2020.


Background information note

Applications for Working Holiday Authorisations (WHA) for young people who are holders of a Taiwanese passport are being accepted for processing by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS). This Working Holiday Programme is intended for use by young adults who wish to stay in Ireland for an extended holiday, and is designed to promote an appreciation of culture and way of life. The initiative provides for an annual quota of 400 WHAs.

The holder of an authorisation is permitted to engage in casual employment as an incidental aspect of their visit to Ireland. The authorisation will not confer the right to seek employment on anyone other than the named holder. The holder is also permitted to pursue short study courses for a period of no longer than six months. Applicants must have sufficient funds to support themselves for at least the initial part of the holiday or in the event of failing to secure employment. Immigration officials may request evidence of sufficient funds at the point of entry into Ireland. Successful applicants must obtain private medical insurance to cover any costs incurred in the event of an accident or illness while in Ireland.

To avoid any risk of misunderstanding or unrealistic expectations, applicants are advised that the market for short term casual work in Ireland is highly competitive and is adequately supplied from the large number of school leavers and other young Irish and EU nationals looking for work. Notwithstanding the issue of a WHA, applicants will be subject to normal immigration controls at the point of entry. All holders of an authorisation who wish to remain in Ireland for more than 90 days must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau and pay the applicable registration fee. Please contact


Application guide


Application form


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Last updated: 10 October  2019