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:

2017 Taiwanese Working Holiday Authorisation programme

As of 12th June 2017, 400 Working Holiday Authorisations have been received. As such INIS will no longer be accepting applications for year ending 2017.

There is an oversubscription of the programme and those that have been received to date will be chosen from a lottery should a place become available.

If successful, each applicant will be contacted individually by email.

For further queries please contact

2018 Taiwanese Working Holiday Authorisation programme

You are invited to send applications between 25th October to 15th November if you wish to:

  • Apply for the Working Holiday Programme 2018, and
  • Travel between January and June 2018 (Batch 1) only

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



If you have questions, contact us.

Updated: 18 July 2017

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