US – Ireland work and travel visas
The Irish and US governments have visa agreements in place that allow their citizens to work and travel in each other’s countries.
Since 2008 Ireland has an agreement with the US Government that enables Irish and US citizens to work and travel in each other's countries for up to 12 months. The agreement reflects not only the close historical and cultural links between Ireland and the United States of America, but also the vibrancy of the modern economic and commercial relationship between our countries.
In order to qualify for the programme participants should be either in post-secondary education or have recently graduated (ie within the last 12 months).
This new programme does 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.
Working Holiday Authorisation
How to apply - US citizens
If you’re a US citizen, you can apply for a US Working Holiday Authorisation at the:
- Embassy of Ireland in Washington
- Consulate General of Ireland in Atlanta
- Consulate General of Ireland in Boston
- Consulate General of Ireland in Chicago
- Consulate General of Ireland in New York
- Consulate General of Ireland in San Francisco
You need to:
- Complete and sign your application form
- Submit it to the Embassy or one of the Consulates General with the following:
- A valid United States passport
- Two recent identical passport photographs with your name on the reverse
- Your current curriculum vitae (with references)
- An original bank statement showing that you have access to either:
€1,500 (or equivalent) plus a return travel ticket
€3,000 (or equivalent)
- Originals of any qualifications obtained or a letter from your school/college/university (where applicable)
- The relevant fee of €250 or dollar equivalent as advised by the relevant Mission
Getting your Working Holiday Authorisation
Once the Embassy or Consulate General is satisfied with your application, they will approve it in principle and notify you. Your Working Holiday Authorisation will then be issued when you submit :
- Return airline tickets
- A certificate of medical/travel insurance valid for the duration of your trip (based on dates on tickets)
- Your valid United States passport that is valid for the duration of your trip to Ireland (ie for a full year after their ticketed date of entry)
How to apply - Irish citizens
The US government has a two-step application process for this scheme.
You need to:
- Apply to an authorised sponsoring organisation to be issued with a DS-2019 form
- Apply to the US Embassy in Dublin for your visa once your DS-2019 form has been issued
If you’re interested in applying for this programme, contact one of the authorised sponsoring organisations for more information.
Student Work and Travel (J1) programme
The Student Work and Travel (J1) programme allows students from a number of countries including Ireland to work and travel in the US for several months every summer.
Intern Work and Travel programme
This programme allows Irish post-secondary students or recent graduates (within 12 months) to work and travel in the United States for up to twelve months. It is a separate, expanded programme to the J1 programme.