Working Holiday Programme Between Ireland and Taiwan


Please Note: Applications can no longer be made under the 2015 programme as the quota has been fully subscribed. The new programme will commence in January 2016. Applications should not be submitted until after 2016 programme has been announced.


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.  In 2014 a total of 294 applications were made, while current indications are that the full 2015 allocation of 400 authorisations will be taken up in the coming weeks.

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.

For information in English about how to make an application, please click WHP Taiwan - How to make an application (Size 32KB).  This document is a pdf 

For information in Chinese about how to make an application, please click here  This document is a pdf.

To download an application form, please click WHP Taiwan - Application Form (Size 36KB).  This document is a pdf   

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