Work & Study Programme

Work and Study Program

The Work and Study Program allows holders of Non-EU passports to obtain a Work and Study visa which permits them to reside in Ireland for a period of eight months (and a maximum of two years, as the visa can be renewed twice). It is an excellent choice if you want to experience Irish life, greatly improve your English level and work part time to help support your stay financially.

Citizens of the following countries can enter Ireland with a valid passport and obtain a Work and Study Visa during their first weeks in the country:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brasil
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica

  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • México

  • Nicaragua
  • Panamá
  • Paraguay
  • Uruguay

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brasil
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • México
  • Nicaragua
  • Panamá
  • Paraguay
  • Uruguay

Those with a European passport can also work and study in Ireland but they don’t need to comply with all of the requirements outlined below. Get in touch with us to see how we can help you!

work and study program

What are the main requirements and steps involved in obtaining a Work and Study Visa in Ireland?

  • The English course must last 25 weeks (6 months), with a minimum of 15 hours of classes per week.
  • The Work and Study Visa permits you to work 20 hours per week for the duration of the visa. 
  • You have between eight and ten weeks of holidays during the eight months of the visa.
  • You can work full-time (40 hours per week) between December 15 and January 15 or during the summer in Ireland (including June, July, August and September). 
  • It is not mandatory to work at any time during your stay in Ireland. 
  • You can start your course any Monday of the year apart from bank holidays and the Christmas / New year period. 
  • The only age limit is that you must be 18 years or older.
  • The total cost of the course must be paid before arriving in Ireland. 
  • You must prove that you have access to € 3000 when you register for the visa. This is separate from the cost of the course. 
  • The visa has a cost of € 300, which is paid during visa registration in Ireland. 
  • All students must have private health insurance that covers the duration of their stay. All of our packages include private medical insurance. 
  • You must have a minimum of 85% attendance at your classes. 
  • At the end of your course, you must take a recognized exam such as IELTS or one of the Cambridge exams.

Why should I book with Hello Irlanda rather than book my course directly with a school?

  • Personalized guidance throughout the whole process of visa registration at no extra cost.
  • Detailed local knowledge of Ireland, its cities, and attractions. Hello Ireland is Irish.
  • Free video consultations with experienced Hello Irlanda specialists.
  • Availability and assistance both before your trip and throughout your stay.
  • Assistance with appointments for visa registration in Dublin.
  • Whatsapp groups for the exclusive use of Hello Irlanda students.
  • Monthly social evenings in both Cork and Dublin.
  • Assistance with the creation and correction of CVs.
  • Advice on house hunting, job hunting, starting work, transport, SIM card, health system etc.

Hello Irlanda does not guarantee work for students and each student is responsible for finding a job. However, we will accompany you throughout the process, providing help and advice whenever you need it.
 
Contact Hello Irlanda to find out more. Remember that all of the guidance and support offered by Hello Irlanda has no extra cost!

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