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Working Holiday Agreement - COVID-19 FAQs

Ireland has a Working Holiday Agreement with Chile, which allows 100 young Chileans 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 Chileans 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 authorisation to enter Ireland.

Applications for the second round of the 2022 Working Holiday Programme will open at 9am on the 22 September 2022.

Because the programme has been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be 200 places on the programme (in two rounds of 100) in 2022, on an exceptional basis. The age limit for the 2022 programme has also been raised to 32 on a one-off basis. 

Queries will not be answered by phone.

Please read the Guidelines and FAQs to obtain information related to this program.

The working holiday permission may be issued to Chilean citizens who meet the following requirements at the time of submitting the application:

  • They are Chilean citizens and holders of a valid Chilean passport;
  • They are aged between 18 and 32, 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.

In order to submit your application to a working holiday authorisation, you should send one email saying that you are interested in participating in the WHA 2022 program after 9am on the 22nd September 2022 to IRISHWHCHILE@VFSGLOBAL.COM. The first 100 emails received will be assigned an appointment to apply for the Working Holiday Programme.

Applicants are reminded that, upon obtaining a Working Holiday Permission, 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.

Abusive messages or phone calls will be disqualifying. 

Working Holiday Agreement - COVID-19 FAQs

1. I was in Ireland under with a WHA 2019 authorisation letter, but returned to my normal country of residence due to the COVID19 situation. Can I return in the future on my current permission?

If you had already travelled to Ireland on your 2019 permission, but had to leave Ireland shortly after due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact the Embassy directly to discuss your personal situation.

2. I received a valid WHA Authorisation Letter in 2019 but I did not travel to Ireland due to the COVID-19 situation. The letter is now expired. Can I still travel?

If you were issued with a Working Holiday Authorisation for Ireland in 2019, but could not travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Embassy will now reissue your WHA Authorisation letter. Please contact the Embassy directly to discuss your personal situation.