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You do not need a visa

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You do not need a visa to come to Ireland. However, you will need immigration permission to work here.

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 work

You must apply for and receive immigration permission to work in Ireland before you travel.

You must have a job offer or employment contract to apply. Permission will only be granted for work that is highly skilled or where there is a skill shortage in Ireland.

You will not be allowed to work in Ireland if you do not get immigration permission.

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 contract and other documents.

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

There are extra rules if you are travelling with children under 18.

Exceptions & special circumstances

Work for 14 days or less

If your work starts and ends within a single 14 day period, you do not need to apply for immigration permission to work before you travel.

However, you must request temporary permission to work when you arrive at border control. Make sure to bring appropriate documents with you when you travel, eg original contract.

Work transfer from another EU/EEA country or Switzerland (Van der Elst)

You do not need to apply for immigration permission for work before you travel if you are employed by a company in another EU/EEA country or Switzerland and you are being sent to work in Ireland by your employer (up to a maximum of 12 months).

This status is called 'Van der Elst' (with reference to a 1994 European Court of Justice ruling).

However, you must request permission to enter Ireland for work when you arrive at border control. Make sure to bring appropriate documents with you when you travel, eg proof of employment, company address in Ireland.

Attend a job interview

You can only attend an interview for a job that is on the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations (HSEO) list. You must be able to show that the job you are attending for interview meets HSEO criteria when you arrive at border control, eg interview invitation letter.

If you are granted permission to enter, the immigration officer may give you the Highly Skilled Job Interview passport stamp. This stamp includes extra flexibility when applying for an employment permit, if you are offered the job after interview.

Working Holiday Programme for young people

This programme allows young people to come to Ireland for a working holiday. Only young people from certain countries can apply and places are limited.

During your stay

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 will have prove to an immigration officer that you have a valid reason to re-enter Ireland every time you return.

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

Application conditions

Apply for immigration permission to work at least 1 month before you travel.

Help & information

Atypical Working Scheme

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




If you have questions, contact us.

Updated: 20 January 2017

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