Wow thank you for all of this information. I must say it's all quite discouraging!
Regarding the working holiday authorisation you mentioned - I haven't been in school since High School (from which I graduated in 2004). Since I'm not a "recent" graduate from any school, would I not qualify for this?
I will continue to research my options.
: You can come for 90 days at a time without any
: visa or job. Go back to Canada for 90 days,
: then you can return again.
: Non-EU citizens are specifically forbidden
: to apply for a work permit or green card for
: the type of job you suggest. You can read
: the bad news at the Dept. of Jobs,
: Enterprise and Innovation web site -
: www.djei.ie . Look on the home page for the
: work permit link. That's a long title for a
: department that doesn't have any jobs on
: offer and is short of innovation.
: You can come and live in Ireland IF you can
: prove that you have enough money to support
: yourself without working. You'll have to
: have proof of medical insurance that covers
: you while here. You can get relatively cheap
: backpackers insurance for a maximum of a
: year for a couple of hundred dollars. You
: would pay the bills upfront except for major
: major hospitalisation, then get reimbursed.
: If you have Irish parents or even
: grandparents you can investigate applying
: for Irish citizenship. Details on the free
: site - www.movetoireland.com - then onto the
: Passports and Paperwork button, then the
: citizenship page.
: There is a working holiday programme if
: you've recently graduated from high school
: or college and are under 30 that allows you
: to live and work here for a year. Here are
: the details from the Work section, Work
: Permit page of the free site:
: Citizens of Argentina, Australia,
: Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and
: the Republic of Korea.
: Lucky you. You may come to Ireland with
: a Working Holiday Authorisation. This
: special visa allows you to live and work in
: the Emerald Isle for 12 months.
: Once you arrive in Ireland, register at
: your local Garda/Police station. Your
: Working Holiday Visa will be stamped and you
: then are free to live in Ireland for one
: year. An important note: you must get the
: Working Holiday Visa first! The Garda do not
: issue them. So some pre-planning is
: If you get a job, well and good. If you
: don't get a job, well and good. You're still
: entitled to live here for 12 months. No
: further work permit is required. Rules
: differ. For instance, New Zealanders may
: work for 12 months with a single employer,
: but Australians are entitled to work for
: only 6 months with a single employer. But,
: even if you only get work for 6 months, you
: still may reside in Ireland for 12.
: This is a once in a lifetime thing. You
: cannot just keep applying for it. You get a
: Working Holiday Authorisation once. If you
: want to stay longer, then like everyone else
: you are required to get an employer to
: sponsor you to stay in Ireland more than the
: 12 months.
: Please note that several of these
: programmes are restricted in numbers. For
: instance, only 400 Working Holiday visas are
: issued to South Koreans, 100 to
: Argentinians, 100 to Hong Kong residents,
: etc. Assuming you fit the age profile and
: can provide the necessary documentation,
: these permits are granted on a first come -
: first served basis. So get going. Now!
: This programme keeps being extended to
: new nations and the rules change at
: infrequent intervals. The best thing to do
: is check the website of the Department of
: Foreign Affairs where they have a page about
: Working Holidays in Ireland. Or you can send
: an email to the Dept. of Foreign Affairs at
: Touring First
: Danny asked whether he could enter
: Ireland and tour on the standard visitor's
: visa (given at the port of entry to all
: tourists from countries not specifically
: required to present a visa on entry) before
: applying for the working holiday
: authorisation. Would he have to leave the
: country and re-enter after the normal
: visitor's visa expires?
: The answer is that in most cases, you
: have to be residing in your own homeland to
: get the visa. For most of you, the paperwork
: has to be completed BEFORE arriving in
: Ireland. Australians are the notable
: exception. Aussies may apply during their
: travels. So, Australians are able to enter
: the country without the holiday work visa in
: hand and tour for up to 90 days before
: starting work.
: Bad news for the rest of ye. Canadians
: must have the visa in hand before arriving
: in Ireland. Similarly, Kiwis must be in New
: Zealand to apply. Etc. etc. for ye South
: Koreans, HongKongers, Argentinians and
: My advice is that whatever your
: nationality, you should try and get the
: holiday visa BEFORE you arrive. Processing
: times may take up to two months. So, don't
: leave it until your last few days.
: Bureaucracies are notorious for mislaying or
: delaying paperwork - especially during the
: summer vacation time or Christmas holidays.
: Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs
: 80 St. Stephen's Green Dublin 2 Ireland.
: Tel. +353-1-4780822
: Fax. +353-1-478 5937
: Working Holiday Programme page
: This is probably your best bet. It cannot be
: Then the nuclear option - get married. This
: cuts the Gordian knot and solves all red
: tape problems, but of course, opens up a
: whole new vista of possible problems and
: fabulous promise. My advice is NOT to get
: married to get around the red tape, but if
: you both conclude that this is the way you
: want to go, then ultimately the red tape sea
: will part. Not definitely, though, since
: many couples have still be refused
: permission to live together in Ireland if
: the Irish citizen doesn't have the necessary
: financial resources to support the new
: This last method is how I ended up in
: Ireland. I married the Irish lass who was
: foolish enough to say I Do and who's been
: putting up with me for the last 33 years.
: --Previous Message--
: Hi there, I did see a post similar to this
: the site, but would like some more
: information if possible. I will probably
: subsribe to the full site soon, as my
: interest in moving to Ireland is very
: So my boyfriend is Irish and living in
: Dublin. I am Canadian and would like to
: move to Dublin to be with him. Is this hard
: to accomplish? Are we in way over our heads
: thinking we can make this work?
: I don't have any special skills in terms of
: finding employment, more or less I would
: like to end up doing some sort of
: receptionist/administrative position. I've
: been reading that getting a green card or
: employement permit can be next to
: There is a lot of information out there, I
: guess what I'm hoping to access is basically
: a step-by-step process of what I need to do
: to make this happen.
: Any help or suggestions would be greatly
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