Working Holiday Authorisation Programme 2018


Due to the high volumes of applications received in 2017, it has been necessary to update the application submission rules for the 2018 Working Holiday Authorisation (WHA) Programme.

To that end, applications will be processed in two batches (subject to availability), and the following rules will apply.

Batch 1

This is completed and Working Holiday Authorisations have been issued to all applicants.

Batch 2 (subject to availability)

This will be for travel from April to December 2018.

Due to the high volume received a lottery system may come into play again.

Successful applications will be processed in mid-January and sent to our handling agent in Taiwan soon thereafter.


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



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Last updated 8 December 2017