Working Holiday Visa

Working Holiday in Ireland

Experience the Magic of the Emerald Isle!

Ireland’s Working Holiday Program was established in the 1970s and has since welcomed thousands of international travelers. This program allows Canadian citizens to gain valuable international work experience while coming in contact with Irish culture and making friends from all over the world.

With exceptional hospitality and friendly people, Ireland is the perfect destination for your work and travel adventure!

Due to the difficult housing situation in Ireland, our Working Holiday in Ireland program is currently only available to participants, who are able to organize their own accommodation. Please contact us at if you are interested in this option.

The Highlights

As part of GO International‘s work and travel program in Ireland, you will receive valuable support pre-departure, during your time in Ireland and after your return to Canada. We want to make sure that you have the time of your life and don’t have to worry about boring administrative tasks, but rather get excited for your upcoming trip to Europe!


You will be given step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a Working Holiday Visa for Ireland, which will give you the chance to work and live on the Emerald Isle for up to 24 months.

You will be provided with assistance for the whole duration of your stay from your GO International travel experts and a local partner organization. Consider this your safety net and home away from home with all the insider knowledge you need.

Join our partner’s pre-departure virtual meeting and detailed arrival orientation in Dublin to be well-prepared for your time in Ireland.

Once in Ireland, you will receive job support and resume assistance to find a job FAST.

You want to connect to other travelers, make friends or find a roommate? Then join the ongoing social activities.

Get special discounts on travel, hostels and luggage storage.

You will be provided with 24/7 emergency support (but we hope you will never have to use it).

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A lot of work and travelers typically work in temporary and seasonal positions in hospitality, tourism or retail. However, since the Working Holiday visa is an open work permit, you are allowed to take up any job you are interested in. Though some employers might be reluctant to hire staff on a limited visa.

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Typical Jobs that are usually readily available on a Working Holiday in Ireland:

  • Hospitality: Waiters, Front of House, Managers, Chefs & more
  • Retail & Sales
  • Administration, Office work & Front desk
  • Travel & Tourism
  • IT & Technology
  • Finance
  • Call Centre work
  • Construction
  • Farm Work
  • Childcare (babysitting, tutoring, being a nanny or an aupair)

Assistance from GO International travel experts pre-departure, while on the program and after return to Canada

Instructions on how to apply for the Ireland Working Holiday visa

Pre-departure virtual orientation and pdf guide

Access to exclusive Whatsapp group of other travelers arriving in the same month

1 night in a hostel in Dublin

Detailed arrival orientation

Job support and resume assistance on arrival

24 months of office facilities and resources in Dublin

24 months contact to staff via email, phone, social media or Whatsapp

24/7 emergency hotline

What’s not included:

Working Holiday Visa fee

GNIB Registration Card fee (on arrival in Ireland)

Airfare and transport

Travel Insurance

Personal expenses


  • You are a Canadian citizen residing in Canada
  • You have a valid Canadian passport
  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 35 (and must not turn 36 before Ireland issues you your Working Holiday visa)
  • A clean police record
  • Intermediate or better working knowledge of English
  • Have never previously entered Ireland on a Working Holiday Visa
  • A bank statement that certifies you have access to at least $2,500 CAD in available funds
  • Medical insurance for at least 12 months
  • You must not have any dependent children

Note: With the Working Holiday Visa, you are allowed to stay in Ireland for up to 24 months. You will have to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) and will be issued a Registration Card on payment of the appropriate fee; the current fee is €300 (this is subject to change).

5 Must-Have Experiences in Ireland:


The Cliffs of Moher are a striking stretch of coastline on the East Coast of Ireland, located between Limerick and Galway. It’s a must-see attraction for everyone visiting Ireland! Take the short walk from the visitor centre or walk the 14km long Cliff Trail if you want the full experience.


Whether you want to taste Fish n Chips and a pint of the famous Guinness or listen to Irish live music… Visiting an Irish pub should definitely be on your to-do list! Even when having a quick stroll through Historic Dublin, you will find countless traditional pubs, such as the Long Hall, established in 1766.


Dating back thousands of years, Ireland’s history is rich of folklore, arts and legendary rivalries. Not surprisingly, Ireland is also known as the Saints of Scholars. Visit the seat of the ancient kings of Ireland, Rock of Cashel, as well Hore Abbey – an old monastery dating back to the 13th century and located a short walk away.


When visiting Ireland, it is instantly clear why the country is nicknamed “The Emerald Isle” with it’s lush green fields surrounded by spectacular coastal mountains. The Wild Atlantic Way snakes for 1,600 miles along the West Coast of Ireland and includes popular sights, such as Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula and Cliffs of Moher. In fact, there are around 157 Discovery Points along the way!


Dublin, Ireland’s famous capital and most likely the starting point to your Working Holiday, should take up at least a few days of your time. But there are so many more small Irish towns to pay a visit to: Limerick, Cork, Galway and Dingle, just to name a few. Discover the streets of quaint houses with colorful doors, pubs with live music spilling out and fascinating history around every corner.

If you’re travelling for the first time and would like more support, you’ll never feel alone in a new country with our program. Whether it’s a list of all the things you need to do at tax time or simply a friendly face… Our program is ideal for Canadian travelers moving to Ireland for the first time, just like the well-traveled explorer.

If you’re looking for a memorable travel experience that connects you with employment opportunities and provides 24/7 support, then choose Go International’s Working Holiday Program in Ireland.

We can’t guarantee you a job, however GO International and our team in Dublin will do everything to assist you with finding one as soon as possible!

Upon arrival in Ireland, you will receive resume assistance, job support and a helpful orientation on how to find a job.

The three magic words for finding a job in Ireland are: Flexibility, openness and initiative. As long as you are open to making small compromises, potentially move to a different place for your dream job and put yourself out there, your chances of getting a job quickly are very high!

Also worth noting is Dublin’s Silicon Docks is the centre of Ireland’s tech scene, home to high start tech brands Google, Tik Tok, Facebook, LinkedIn and many new start-ups and workers are drawn to Dublin due to its innovation and the best lifestyle balance.

The Working Holiday visa is an open work permit, which means that you can apply for any job you are interested in and qualified for.

Employers are usually a little bit reluctant to hire staff for a limited amount of time. But Ireland has the advantage of offering the work permit for up to 24 months, which gives you more time to work for one employer if you are interested in this experience.

We recommend to keep you expectations low and apply for entry level / lower than your Canadian qualification jobs to start off with.

Ireland is a great working holiday destination to make friends easily! You will meet fellow backpackers during your orientation in Dublin and when you join the ongoing social activities. You will have access to an exclusive Whatsapp group with other travelers arriving in the same month.

Also make use of the internet by joining Facebook groups or apps, such as Meetup, for expats, Working Holiday participants and other young people who are looking for connections in your area.

As a Canadian citizen, you can apply for a work permit for up to 24 months, but the exact duration of your stay is ultimately up to you. Whether you have a timeline in mind already, want to make use of the full duration of your work permit or be spontaneous…  Remember that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and make sure that you have enough time to explore the beauty that is Ireland!

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