U.S. Work & Travel
On 24 September 2008, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Micheál Martin T.D., signed a major new agreement with the US Government that will enable Irish and US citizens to work and travel in each other's 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 (ie within the last 12 months).
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 Consulate General of Ireland in
A completed and signed
application form (PDF 35kb) should be presented together
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 (or
$US equivalent) plus a return ticket; or €3,000 (or $US
Originals of any educational qualifications obtained or letter from
school/college/university (where applicable)
The relevant fee of $337 (if you are picking your WHA up in
person) or $349 (including courier fee for
applications by mail)
Once the Consulate General is satisfied with the documentation
above, the application will be approved in principle and the
applicant notified. The Working Holiday Authorisation will then be
issued on submission by the applicant of:
Return airline tickets;
Certificate of medical/travel insurance showing coverage in
Ireland and valid for the duration of the trip (based on dates on
United States passport that is valid for the entirety of the trip
to Ireland; ie for a full year after their ticketed date of entry.
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 are specifically focusing on the
Irish scheme, such as the Boston Irish Immigrant Centre -
and USIT - www.usit.ie . 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.