The Working Holiday Agreement between Ireland and the US allows
Irish and US citizens to work and travel in each other
countries for up to 12 months.
In order to qualify for the programme participants should be either
in post-secondary education or have recently graduated (i.e. within
This new programme will not affect the operation of the highly
successful Student Work and Travel programme which permits students
from the US and Ireland to work and travel for several months every
summer. This J1 programme will continue to exist as a separate,
more limited programme.
HOW TO APPLY?
US citizens wishing to travel to Ireland under the terms of the
agreement should make an application for a US Working
Holiday Authorisation at the Embassy of Ireland in
Washington or the Consulates General of Ireland in
Boston, Chicago, New York and San Francisco. Please click
for contact details.
PLEASE NOTE: US CITIZENS INTERESTED IN A WORKING HOLIDAY IN
IRELAND MAY APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE IRISH EMBASSY OR NEAREST
IRISH CONSULATES GENERAL.
A completed and signed
application form (PDF 35kb) should be presented at
the Embassy of Ireland in Washington, or at one of the Irish
Consulates General in Boston, Chicago, New York or San Francisco
Valid United States passport;
2 recent identical passport photographs with your name on the
Current curriculum vitae (with references);
Original bank statement showing that you have access to €1,500 ($2,
000) plus a return ticket; or €3,000 ($4, 000);
Originals of any qualifications obtained or letter from
school/college/university (where applicable)
The fee of €250 or $365;
Once the Embassy or Consulate General is satisfied with the
documentation above, the application will be approved in principle
and the applicant notified. The Working Holiday Authorisation will
be issued on submission by the applicant of:
Return airline tickets;
Certificate of medical/travel insurance valid for the
duration of the trip (based on dates on tickets)
Valid United States passport that is valid for the entirety of the
trip to Ireland ie for a full year after their ticketed date of
Irish citizens wishing to travel to the US should consult the
website of the US Embassy in Dublin for detailed information
The US government has in place a two step application process for
this scheme. Applicants must first apply to an authorised
sponsoring organisation to be issued with a form DS-2019, and once
that document has been issued they should apply to the US Embassy
for the relevant visa. A full list of the authorised sponsoring
organisations is available on the website of the US Embassy.
Some sponsoring organisations will specifically focus on the Irish
scheme, such as the Boston Irish Immigrant Centre - www.iicenter.org. In order to
assist Irish citizens interested in participating in this scheme
links to other organisations focussing specifically on the Irish
scheme will be added here as and when details are confirmed
Irish citizens wishing to travel to the US should contact an
appropriate sponsoring organisation or the US Embassy in
Dublin directly for further information about this scheme.