You do not need a visa

You do not need a visa to come to Ireland. However, you will need permission to stay in Ireland as a paid intern. You must also register with immigration. You cannot apply to be an unpaid intern.

Your exact preparations depend on your plans and personal circumstances. Some of the most important are described below. Read this information carefully to make sure you have everything you need.

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Before you travel

Apply for immigration permission to be a paid intern

You must apply for and receive immigration permission to be a paid intern in Ireland before you travel to Ireland.

You must have a job offer or employment contract to apply. You will not be allowed to become an intern without immigration permission.

You cannot apply to be an unpaid intern.

When you travel

Prepare for border control

You will need to prove that you have a valid reason for entering Ireland to an immigration officer at border control.

To do so, you will need your passport, original Employment Permit (or original working permission letter) and other documents.

If you cannot satisfy the immigration officer, you will not be allowed into Ireland.

After you enter

Get permission to stay & register with immigration

After you enter the country, you must apply for permission to stay in Ireland and register with immigration before the date shown by the stamp in your passport.

If you don't get permission and register in time, you may have to leave the country.

During your stay

Bringing your family to Ireland

Your family can apply to join you in Ireland.

Travel to Northern Ireland & United Kingdom

If you intend to travel to Northern Ireland, check with the United Kingdom authorities if you need a visa.

Leaving & returning to Ireland

If you plan to leave and come back to Ireland during your stay, you must prove to an immigration officer that you have a valid reason to enter Ireland every time you return.

Make sure you have any necessary documents with you for each return journey before you travel.

Conditions & costs

Internships

You must be a third-level student to become an intern in Ireland. In addition, your internship must:

  • Related to your course of study
  • Integral or necessary for your course
  • Approved by your third level institution, eg university authorities

You must have an official offer of internship or a contract before you apply for an Employment Permit or Atypical Working Scheme permission.

Costs

To apply for Permit/permission (before you travel to Ireland):

To register with immigration (after you arrive in Ireland):

Help & information

Work permits

Employment Permits Section
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Davitt House
65a Adelaide Road
Dublin 2
Ireland
D02 TW27

Email: employmentpermits@djei.ie
Web: www.djei.ie

Atypical Working Scheme

Atypical Working Scheme Division
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
Department of Justice and Equality
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
Ireland
D02 XK70

Email: atypicalworkingscheme@justice.ie

Registration

Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
Department of Justice and Equality
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
Ireland
D02 XK70

Email: burghquayregoffice@justice.ie (if you live in Dublin)
Email: gnib_dv@garda.ie (if you live outside Dublin)

 

Contact

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Updated: 20 January 2017

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