Working Holiday Authorisations
Working Holiday Authorisations (WHA) are available to young people
who are citizens of Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and New
Zealand. These Working Holiday schemes are intended for use by
young adults who wish to stay in Ireland for an extended holiday
and who may work casually in order to fund their stay.
Australian citizens (only) who are currently in the UK
can apply through the Visa Office (London). To view or
download the application form,
please click here (PDF
How do I apply for a Working Holiday
Complete the application form and
submit it to the Visa Office, Embassy of Ireland with the following
- Current valid passport
- 2 current passport-style photgraphs with your
name on reverse
- Processing Fee
- Current Curriculum Vitae (with references)
- Originals of any qualifications you may have
- Where applicable, letter from school/college
- Original bank statement showing that you have
AUS$2,500 and a return ticket or AUS$5,000 (or equivalent)
Please note that applications take 4-6 weeks to be processed.
All supporting documentation submitted with the application must be
For information about the current processing fee, please
see the "Visa Fees" page of this website.
Additional information about Working Holiday Authorisations for
Australian Citizens is available in the "Frequently Asked
Questions" section of this website.
For further information on Working Holidays in general, please see
the main Department of
Foreign Affairs website