Working Holiday Agreement
COVID-19 Information FAQs
I want to apply to travel to Ireland under a Working Holiday Authorisation. Is it possible currently to do so?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have temporarily ceased processing new applications under the Working Holiday Authorisation programme. We intend to resume processing applications when circumstances allow. We do not expect that we will be in a position to process any further applications in the near future.
Our primary concern remains the health, welfare and wellbeing of those who would seek to travel to Ireland on a WHA. We continue to monitor the rapidly evolving situation here and in the relevant locations abroad, in terms particularly of public health advice, travel restrictions, job opportunities and the availability of short-term accommodation.
We will make a public announcement when we begin to process new applications. Please keep an eye our website.
I submitted a WHA application before the outbreak of COVID19. What has happened to my application?
Applications already submitted remain on file until operations resume. You will be contacted once your application has been processed. If you wish to withdraw your application, please contact us.
I am currently in Ireland under the WHA programme. Will my permission to remain be extended?
In light of the uncertainties caused by COVID19, the Immigration Service Delivery in recent months has announced several general extensions of all permissions to remain in Ireland, including permissions related to the WHA. On 18 September, it was announced that the temporary extension of immigration and international protection permissions would be in place up to 20 January 2021. This applies to permissions that are due to expire between 20 September 2020 and 20 January 2021.
The terms and conditions as outlined in the WHA application form state clearly that participants in the WHA scheme must leave Ireland on the expiration of the permission. As such, we strongly advise all WHA holders to make all necessary arrangements to depart Ireland in adequate time in advance of the expiry of their permission to remain. Please note that we are not anticipating any further extension of permission to remain.
I was in Ireland under the WHA programme, but returned to my normal country of residence due to the COVID19 situation. Can I return in the future on my current permissions?
Our advice remains not to travel to Ireland at this time. Our primary concern remains the health, welfare and wellbeing of those who would seek to travel to Ireland on a WHA. A range of restrictions remain in place in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and limit contagion, including self-restriction for 14 days on arrival. Temporary employment opportunities are scarce and opportunities to travel internally may be limited.
If you have registered with Immigration Service Delivery and have been issued with an Irish Residents Permit (IRP) during your initial stay, you are eligible to return to Ireland until that permission expires.
If you have not yet registered, please contact the Embassy to discuss your personal situation.
I currently hold a valid WHA but have not yet travelled to Ireland. Can I still travel? What if it expires?
Our strong advice remains not to travel to Ireland at this time. Our primary concern remains the health, welfare and wellbeing of those who would seek to travel to Ireland on a WHA. A range of restrictions remain in place in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and limit contagion, including self-restriction for 14 days on arrival. Temporary employment opportunities are scarce and opportunities to travel internally may be limited.
We continue to monitor the rapidly evolving situation here and in the relevant locations abroad, in terms particularly of public health advice, travel restrictions, job opportunities and the availability of short-term accommodation.
We do not, at this stage, expect that conditions will change sufficiently to enable you to take up your WHA opportunity in Ireland in the near future. We will, when circumstances allow, re-issue letters of Authorisation with revised dates of travel for individuals who were unable to travel in 2020 due to COVID-19.
While holders of WHA authorisation letters with an expiry date in 2020 are eligible to travel to Ireland up to the end of 2020, we continue to advise that you delay your travel until circumstances improve and apply for your Letter of Authorisation to be re-issued with extended dates of validity.
We hope you will have an opportunity to visit Ireland as soon as circumstances improve and that you are able then to fully enjoy the opportunities and experiences that are the ambition of this programme.
Can I transition from a WHA to another form of permission?
The terms and conditions as outlined in the application form state clearly that participants in the WHA scheme must leave Ireland on the expiration of the permission, which cannot be extended.
About the Working Holiday Agreement
Ireland has a Working Holiday Agreement with Argentina which allows 200 young Argentines annually to take extended holidays in Ireland for up to a year, and to take employment as an incidental aspect of this stay. The aim of the scheme is to allow young Argentines to work and study English or Irish; and to introduce them to the people, culture and landscape of Ireland. Participants will have one year from date of issue of the authorization to enter Ireland.
We will make a public announcement when we begin to process new applications. Please keep an eye on our website and social media.
Queries will not be answered by phone
The work and holiday visa may be issued to Argentine citizens who meet the following requirements at the time of submitting the application:
- They are Argentine citizens and holders of a valid Argentine passport;
- They are aged between 18 and 35, both inclusive;
- They are not travelling accompanied by dependent family members, unless they have their own visa;
- They have not previously taken part in the programme;
- They have no criminal records;
- They have sufficient funds for their maintenance during the initial period of their stay; have a return ticket to their home country or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket (€1,500 with ticket, €3,000 without). They may be asked to provide proof of funds upon entry to Ireland
- They hold medical and accident insurance including hospitalization and repatriation for the duration of their stay;
- They pay the consular fees of the relevant visa.
Applicants are reminded that, upon obtaining a Work and Holiday Visa, they will be authorized to stay in Ireland for a maximum period of twelve (12) months, non-renewable. They may leave and re-enter Ireland and work, provided it is not a permanent job. They may also study or train during their stay.
Should you have a question not answered in the FAQs, please contact us. Please note that queries will not be answered by phone.
Abusive messages or phone calls will be disqualifying.
Irlanda tiene un Acuerdo de Visas Working Holiday con Argentina que permite a 200 jóvenes argentinos una vez por año una estadía prolongada en Irlanda de un máximo de un año, y trabajar –como una opción en esta experiencia-. El propósito de este programa es permitir a estos jóvenes argentinos trabajar y estudiar Inglés o Gaélico, como también introducirlos a la gente, la cultura y los paisajes de Irlanda. Los participantes tendrán un año a partir de la fecha de emisión de la visa para ingresar a Irlanda.
Haremos un aviso público cuando empecemos a procesar las nuevas solicitudes. Por favour, sigan atentos a nuestra página web.
No se responderán consultas telefónicas acerca del programa.
La Visa Work and Holiday podrá ser emitida a ciudadanos argentinos que cumplan con los siguientes requisitos al momento de enviar su solicitud:
- Ser ciudadano argentino y tener un Pasaporte Argentino válido y vigente;
- Tener entre 18 y 35 años de edad, ambos inclusive;
- No viajen acompañados de familiares dependientes, a menos que éstos tengan su propia visa;
- No hayan participado previamente en el Programa;
- No tengan Antecedentes Penales;
- Tengan suficientes fondos para solventar el período inicial de su estadía; tengan un pasaje de vuelta a su país de origen o suficientes fondos para comprarlo (€1.500 con pasaje, €3.000 sin él). Es posible que se les solicite demostrar los fondos al momento de su ingreso a Irlanda.
- Tengan seguro médico y contra accidentes, incluídas internación y repatriación, por el total de su estadía;
- Paguen el arancel consular correspondiente a la visa.
Se recuerda a los Postulantes que, al obtener la Visa Work and Holiday, estarán autorizados a permanecer en Irlanda durante un período máximo de doce (12) meses, no renovables. Podrán salir y volver a ingresar a Irlanda y trabajar, siempre que no se trate de un empleo permanente. También podrán estudiar y capacitarse durante su estadía.
Por cualquier pregunta no resuelta en las preguntas frecuentes (FAQs), podrán contactarse por email contact us. Tener en cuenta que no se responderán consultas telefónicas.
El envío excesivo de mensajes o llamadas telefónicas será motivo de descalificación para el programa.