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You need a visa for Ireland

You need an Internship (Paid) Visa to come to Ireland as a paid 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 apply for a visa.

Apply for an Internship Visa

To come to Ireland as a paid intern, you must apply for a short stay Internship Visa. All short stay visas are also called 'C' visas.

You will not be allowed to come to Ireland without a visa.

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, visa, original internship permission letter and other documents.

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

Exceptions & special circumstances

Intern in Ireland for 14 days or less

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

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

During your stay

Travel to Northern Ireland & United Kingdom

You cannot travel to Northern Ireland using an Irish visa. You need a visa issued by the United Kingdom.

If you travel from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland and then wish to return to the Republic, you must have a Multiple Entry visa (explained below).

Leaving & returning to Ireland

If you plan to leave and return to Ireland during your stay, you can request a Multiple Entry visa when you apply.

Multiple Entry visas are approved in limited circumstances only, if justified by your application.

Application conditions


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

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

To apply for permission or a visa, you must have an official offer of internship or an employment contract. You will not be given permission to come to Ireland to look for an internship.

How to apply

When to apply

You should apply for a visa 3 months before you travel.

You may need extra time to prepare documents to support your application, eg internship contract, original internship permission letter.

How to apply

You must apply from your home country or a country where you are a legal resident:

  1. Read detailed instructions for the Internship Visa
  2. Submit your visa application online
  3. Send your passport and other documents for processing

You will be given instructions where to send your documents when you apply online.

Visa costs

Extra charges may apply for some applications, eg consular fees.



If you have questions, contact us.

Updated: 08 January 2021