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Internship (unpaid)

1. When you can apply?

You can apply for an internship (unpaid) visa to travel to Ireland if, as an integral part of your studies, you are required to undertake unpaid work experience (an internship). This can be for up to 90 days. You cannot get an visa to undertake an unpaid internship of more than 90 days. It is possible to have a paid internship of more than 90 days.

You can apply for an internship visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to Ireland.

If you are visiting another state prior to travelling to Ireland, you must have the relevant visa for that state in your passport before applying for an Irish visa.

 

2. How to apply?

You must complete your details online.

Be sure to:

  • apply for a short-stay C visa,
  • select ‘Internship’ as the reason for travel,
  • Input ‘Unpaid’ to the question ‘Employment Permit/Atypical Working Scheme Approval Number’, and
  • answer the questions fully and honestly.

When you have completed the online application process, you must follow the instructions on the summary application form that is created by the online system. The summary form will contain information on where you are to submit your supporting documentation. The summary form which you must print, sign and date must be submitted with your supporting documentation.

You may be required to provide your Biometric Informationas part of the application process.

A guide to supporting documentation is set out below.

Important: Do not include false or misleading information or documents in your application. If you do, your application may be refused. In some circumstances, you may not be allowed to appeal the visa decision and may be blocked from getting an Irish visa for 5 years.

 

3. Fees

Please refer to the table of visa fees for information on the fee that you may be required to pay. Some applicants do not have to pay the visa fee and details are in the previous link. 

You may be required to pay other charges for example relating to the submission of your documents.

You may be able to pay the fee in local currency.

The website of the Visa Office/Embassy/ Consulate, detailed in the summary application form, will have details about additional charges and local payment options.

 

4. How long it will take?

Applications are processed in date order based on the date we receive them.

You are advised not to purchase travel tickets before you know the outcome of your visa application.

Processing times can vary between countries. They can also vary during high volume periods during the year. However, you can generally expect a decision within 8 weeks from the date on which your application is lodged at the Visa Office/Embassy/Consulate. 

Your application may take longer if e.g. you have not submitted the necessary supporting documentation, your supporting documentation needs to be verified or because of your personal circumstances (e.g. if you have a criminal conviction).

You can check the processing times for the Visa Office/Embassy/Consulate that is handling your application on their website. If your application is being processed by the Dublin Visa Office you can check the date of the applications currently being processed on the Processing times and visa decisions page.

 

5. Activities not permitted with this Visa

You are not permitted to:

  • undertake other unpaid work,
  • undertake any work
  • access any public funds.

 

6. Supporting documentation

The documents below are important because they provide information about your personal circumstances in the country from which you are applying.
 
The onus is on you to satisfy the Visa Officer that a visa should be granted for the purpose sought.
 
The submission of any or all of these documents does not guarantee that your application will be successful.
 
Original documents must be provided.
If you submit a document that is not in English/Irish, it must be accompanied by a full translation. Each translated document must contain:
  • confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document;
  • the date of the translation;
  • the translator’s full name and signature; and
  • the translator’s contact details.

Send us both the original documents and the certified translations.

Any State issued official documents, such as Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Death Certificates, Divorce Certificates that were issued by a State outside of the EEA or Switzerland, must be attested/apostilled as genuine by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the State that issued the document, in order that it can be accepted as evidence for Irish visa purposes. Such documents are required to be translated into English or Irish, if necessary. Translations done outside the EEA or Switzerland must also be attested/apostilled as genuine, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country in which the translation occurs. Translations done in the EEA or Switzerland do not need to be attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Any State issued official documents, such as Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Death Certificates, Divorce Certificates that were issued by a State within the EEA or Switzerland do not require to be attested as genuine from Member States. A translation of these documents is not required where a multilingual standard form (MSF) is also provided. Such MSF forms are available from Member States on request. If an MSF is not provided by you then those documents are required to be translated into English or Irish, if necessary in order that it can be accepted as evidence for Irish visa purposes.  Translations done outside the EEA or Switzerland must also be attested/apostilled as genuine, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country in which the translation occurs. Translations done in the EEA or Switzerland do not need to be attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We will also accept the Extract of a European marriage certificate, issued in accordance with the “Convention on the issue of multilingual extracts from civil status records“, as proof of a marriage within the EEA or Switzerland.

All letters submitted from a business, company or other organisation should be on official headed paper and give full contact details so that they can be verified. These must include a full postal address, name of contact, position in the organisation, telephone number (landline), website, and email address (email addresses such as Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail are not accepted.
 
The Visa Officer considers each application on its merits and may request additional information or documentation.

 

GUIDE TO SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

Your signed and dated summary application form and the appropriate fee (where applicable) must be accompanied by the supporting documentation set out below. If you do not submit the required documentation your application may be refused on the basis of insufficient documentation.

 

Two colour passport sized photographs not more than 6 months old

Your name and visa application reference number must be printed clearly on the back. More information on photograph requirements can be found here.

 

Your current passport and a full copy of all previous passports

Your current passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your intended date of departure from Ireland.

If you are not a national of the country where you are applying from, you must submit evidence of your permission to be in that country e.g. a residence card. You must also have at least 3 months permission to be in that country after your intended date of departure from Ireland.

 

A signed letter of application including:

  • your full contact details
  • outlining your reason for wanting to come to Ireland,
  • stating how long you intend to stay,
  • giving details of any members of your family who are currently in Ireland, or any other EU Member State,
  • giving details of where you intend to stay while you are in Ireland,
  • stating that the cost of trip is being borne by yourself, or where that is not the case, details of the third party funding the costs of the trip (for example the host company /organisation, your university or government body), and
  • undertaking that you will observe the conditions of your visa, that you will not become a burden on the State, and that you will leave the State on the expiry of your permission to remain in Ireland.
 

Accommodation details

Details of your accommodation and travel details, for example:

  • hotel/guesthouse/hostel booking confirmation (may be by email),
  • or if staying with a host, a supporting letter from the occupant confirming the accommodation details and that you are able to stay with them.
 

Finances

You must provide an up-to-date bank statement, showing what money has been paid into and out of the account over the last six months. You must submit this whether or not you are covering the costs of the visit yourself.

Bank statements must be on headed paper. Your name, address, account number and account type must be visible on the statement. Any large lodgements must be explained.

Note: You may use a printed internet statement but it must be officially certified by your bank. We will not accept uncertified internet statements.

If you are sending a bank statement from a deposit/savings account, you must also include a letter from your bank confirming that you are allowed to withdraw money from that account.

If a third party for example the host company/organisation, your university or government body is responsible for covering your costs, you must provide full details and evidence of the funding.

Documentary evidence from your university

A letter from your course director detailing:

  • the course that you are studying, how many years you have been a student there, how many years/terms you have left at that university,
  • the nature and duration of your internship and how the internship relates to your course of study,
  • who will cover the cost of the internship and how you will be supported for the duration of stay inclusive of travel, accommodation, living expenses, and so on, Supporting documentary evidence must be provided, where applicable
  • where applicable, how the host company/organisation is linked to the university and supporting evidence of same for example hosting agreement,
  • the date you will be expected to return to your studies.
 

Link to host company/organisation

A letter from the host company/organisation in Ireland detailing:

  • the nature and duration of your internship,
  • who will cover the cost of the internship and how you will be supported for the duration of stay inclusive of travel, accommodation, living expenses, and so on. Supporting documentary evidence must be provided, where applicable,
  • how the host company/organisation is linked to the university and supporting evidence of same (for example hosting agreement) where applicable.

NOTE: It is a matter for the host to ensure that any arrangement for unpaid internships is in conformity with Irish employment law and Regulations including  minimum wage legislation. Information can be obtained from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

 

Garda Vetting

If your proposed internship involves working with children (under 18 years of age) or vulnerable persons you must show evidence that the sponsoring organisation have ensured that you have underwent Garda (Irish police) vetting. A police clearance certificate from your country of residence must also be submitted.

 

Medical/Travel Insurance

Evidence of medical/travel insurance does not need to be provided with your application. However, the Visa Officer may request it before they make a decision on your application.

If your visa is approved, you must have evidence of medical/travel insurance when you arrive at the port of entry (airport/seaport) and must present it to the Immigration Officer on request.

 

Evidence of your obligations to return to your country of permanent residence

As you are applying for a short stay visa for Ireland (which permits visits of less than 90 days), it is important that you provide evidence that you have strong family, social or economic ties to your country of residence. This is necessary in order to satisfy the Visa Officer that you will leave Ireland on, or before, your intended date of departure from Ireland.

It is your responsibility to provide this evidence. All of the information that you provide must be in the form of documentary evidence which can be verified by the Visa Officer.

 

Suggestions on how to show evidence of your obligations to return

If you are employed, you must provide your 3 most recent payslips and a letter from your employer stating:

  • how long you have been employed there,
  • the dates you will be absent from your employment,
  • the date you will be returning to work in that employment.

If you are a student, you must provide a letter from your college stating:

  • the course you are studying,
  • how many years you have been a student there,
  • how many years/terms you have left at that college, and that you will be returning there following your visit to Ireland.

 

Details of any family members living in your country of residence - if you are married or have any dependent children, and your spouse or children are remaining at home, you should submit your marriage certificate and birth certificates for the children.

 

Evidence of any property you own/rent e.g. Title deed/tenancy agreement.

All letters submitted should be on official company headed paper and give full contact details so that they can be verified. These must include a full postal address, name of contact, position in company/college, telephone number (landline), website, and email address (email addresses such as Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail are not accepted).

 

Documentation on Previous Visa Refusals, Other immigration Issues (including deportation, overstaying) and Criminal Convictions

If you have been refused a visa/preclearance in the past for any country, you must provide details to us. The original letter issued to you by the authorities of that country must be provided with your application.

In addition if you have:

  • been deported from any country;
  • been refused entry to any country; or
  • been otherwise required to leave any country (including overstaying in any country).

You must provide original documentation issued by the authorities of that country with your application and a full explanation for consideration.

You must also provide official documentation of any criminal convictions or pending criminal charges.

Failure to do so will result in your application being refused.

Failure to disclose this information, where applicable, will result in your application being refused.

 

7. Return of documents

All documents accompanying your application must be originals.

You should keep copies of all the documents that you provide.

Original documents such as marriage/birth/death certificates will be returned to you. However, other documents such as bank statements or letters of invitation will not be returned.

If there are particular documents that you wish to have returned, please provide a list of these documents with the application.

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