Working holidays in Ireland

Young people from certain countries can apply for a Working Holiday Authorisation to come to Ireland for up to 1 year. Places are limited and you cannot apply if you are already in Ireland.

If your application is successful, you must register with immigration after you arrive in Ireland.

Working holiday programme 2017

Applications from citizens of the following counties are dealt with by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Find out how to apply at

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Korea
  • United States of America

Do not apply via the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade if you are a citizen of Taiwan. You must apply via a separate process, as explained below.


Applications by citizens of Taiwan are dealt with by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS). Find out more below:

2018 Taiwanese Working Holiday Authorisation programme

You are invited to send applications between 25 October to 15 November – Must be received in Dublin prior to closing date, if you wish to:

  • Apply for the Working Holiday Programme 2018 (January to December)

Places are very limited. To avoid disappointment, please adhere to the sending and receiving dates above and ensure you are eligible before you send your application.

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Updated: 21 July 2017

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