Discouraging. Not a bit of it. True love conquers all red tape. And there's the 90 day visits.
Different working holiday authorisations have different restrictions. It's the American USA one that has the restriction about recent graduates. The Canadian one may be better. Check with the experts in the Canadian department of foreign affairs or the Irish address provided in the last post.
I only know about the Irish side of things, not all the details of each country's particular treaties with Ireland. I'd say there's good reason to hope for this programme. Heaven knows, there are tons of young Irish people moving to Canada. There are more than 20 twenty-somethings in and around my country parish now living in Vancouver. I vote for a little reciprocal benefit for the Canadians wanting to stay in Ireland.
Best of luck,
: 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.
: Thanks again.
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: You can come for 90 days at a time without
: 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.
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: 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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