This scheme follows an agreement between the governments of New Zealand and Ireland to promote travel between both countries, of citizens between the ages of 18 to 30 years, to work and travel for one year in either country.
Only applications received on the official application form (available on this website) will be accepted for processing.
Applicants applying for a Working Holiday Authorisation (WHA) to Ireland must be resident in New Zealand during the application process, must have and provide evidence of access to a minimum of NZ$3,000 of available funds and a return ticket, or NZ$6,000 of available funds, and hold a New Zealand passport which must be valid for a minimum of 15 months from the date of planned entry to Ireland.
The Authorisation must be activated within twelve months of issue or it will lapse. It is not possible to extend the period of validity of Working Holiday Authorisations, or to accept a second application from someone who has already been granted an Authorisation (whether or not they availed of it).
The current Working Holiday Authorisation is activated by arrival of the holder in Ireland. The holder is subject to normal border immigration controls upon arrival. The Authorisation is valid for a period not exceeding twelve months after the date of initial entry into Ireland.
Within one month of arrival in Ireland, holders of Working Holiday Authorisations (WHA) must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) and will be issued with a Certificate of Registration on payment of the appropriate fee. More information on GNIB registration can be viewed by clicking here
Working Holiday Authorisations take approximately ten working days to process.
If you are interested in applying for a Working Holiday Authorisation, use our application form provided here in pdf format. (If you can’t read pdf’s click here for the free viewer from Adobe).
Click here to view and print the WHA application form and guidelines CURRENT – WHA
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