Visiting Ireland, from certain countries outside of the EU, for a period of fewer than 3 months, requires a short stay visa. This is also known as a category 'C' visa. The maximum stay under a short-term visa is 90 days. This is usually applied for by people wishing to come to Ireland to study a short course, to go on holidays or to take a business trip. A short stay visa allows for a single entry or multiple entries to Ireland.
A long stay visa, also known as a category 'D' visa, allows people visiting Ireland, from counties that require a visa, to stay for more than 3 months. This is usually applied for by people looking to study for a longer time period, to work or to settle permanently in Ireland with family members who are already residents of Ireland. In any of these circumstances, if you wish to stay in Ireland longer than 3 months you must register at the registration office nearest your residence in Ireland. For more information on registration, see the Irish Department of Justice and Equality website.
If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen you can stay in Ireland for up to 3 months without restriction. To stay longer than 3 months you must be engaged in economic activity, enrolled as a student or vocational trainee, have enough resources to ensure that you do not become a burden on the social services of Ireland or have a family member in one of these categories. Citizens of the United Kingdom (UK) can live in Ireland without any conditions or restrictions.
If you wish to come to Ireland and work you will need an Employment Visa. If you wish to stay here longer than 3 months you must also register with Irish Immigration. The Irish Employment Visa falls under the category 'D', long stay visa.
If you are if you are a European Economic Area (EEA) citizen you can stay and look for work in Ireland. Your unemployment benefit, from your EEA county of origin, can be transferred and collected in Ireland for up to 3 months. If after, that period, you meet certain conditions, you can apply for Jobseeker's Allowance.
If you are a non-EU/EEA and a non-Swiss citizen then you must have immigration permission to stay in Ireland before you apply for an Employment Visa. At border control, you will need to produce your Employment Visa, employment contract and passport. Failure to produce any of these documents will result in you not being allowed to enter the country. If border control is satisfied with your documents then you will be asked to apply for permission to stay in Ireland and register with immigration.
These applications will have to be made before the date stamped on your passport. If you have a critical skills employment permit you can apply for a visa for your family at the same time as you are making your application. With any other employment permit, your family must wait 12 months before they can apply. You can not leave Ireland and travel to Northern Ireland & United Kingdom using your Irish visa. You must have a Re-entry visa.
A volunteer visa falls under the category 'D', long stay, visa, i.e more than 90 days. This visa must be applied for at least 3 months before you travel to Ireland, please note that extra time may be needed in order to organise other documents such as proof of finances, medical insurance and proof of sponsorship.
You must apply for and receive a long stay visa before you travel. If approved you can, for example, work with a charity, voluntary or non-profit organisation that has sponsored your visit. This stay is for a time period of over 3 months and no more than 2 years. As a volunteer in Ireland, you cannot bring your family to stay with you. Your family can, however, apply for their own visas independently.
Applications for an Irish volunteer visa must be made from the EU/EEA country that you are from or are a legal resident of. If approved an Irish volunteer visa will allow you to undertake a volunteering role within an eligible organisation for up to 2 years, an option of a 3rd year can also be applied for.
Non-EU, EEA and non-Swiss citizens can only apply for permission to be a Volunteer in Ireland if you have prior approval from the INIS, Department of Justice and Equality, Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.
You can only apply to Volunteer in Ireland if you:
Examples of Volunteer Work in Ireland:
There are an estimated 3,000 volunteering opportunities across Ireland at any one time. For further information on Volunteering In Ireland see volunteer.ie. You can also click here to find out about your rights as a volunteer in Ireland.
The Third Level Graduate Scheme of 2017 states that a citizen from a non-EEA country who has been awarded a degree from a recognised third level education institution in Ireland can seek employment in Ireland, for a period of time after their studies. This is only applicable to students who have received a qualification at level 8 or higher. Please note, that some educational institutions in Ireland are accredited by an awarding body based outside of Ireland and so do not meet the criteria of this scheme.
Starting with Cork, the Rebel City, we take a close look at the experience of starting a course of study in Ireland. Everything from how to get funding to where to get your laptop fixed.See Student Guide
In 2018 the cost of living in Ireland was 8.9% higher than that of the U.S, excluding rent. The price of rental property is 6.3% higher in Ireland than that of the U.S. A 2016 study by the Irish Central Statistics Office found that Ireland was the 4th highest European country to live in. A 2017 study by Eurostat found that Ireland was the 2nd most expensive EU state in terms of goods and services.
Adare is a small town in Co. Limerick, known for its quaint and colourful thatched cottages. Adare is considered to be one of Ireland's most beautiful towns so stop and take in the view. Don't forget your camera today - the perfect chance to capture the essence of old Ireland.
Explore Adare Village along the Wild Atlantic Way
Take a journey through this once troubled city. See the murals of the Loyalist Shankill Road & Nationalist Falls Road. The Troubles took their toll on the economic life of Belfast, but the past ten years of peace have returned much prosperity while the genuine friendliness of the city never left.
Originally built in 1823, Blarney Woollen Mills was mainly used for the spinning and weaving of wool. After it closed in 1973, it reopened in 1975 — as an Irish heritage shop.
The Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre commemorates the last pitched battle fought on British soil, in April 1746. Learn more about the Jacobite intent to overthrow the House of Hanover and return the House of Stuart to the British throne.
Located within Glenveagh National Park, Glenveagh Castle was built by Captain John George Adair between 1870 and 1873. Having made his fortune through land speculation in America, Adair return to Ireland and began large amounts of land in County Donegal. The castle was built in the Scottish Baronial style and is surrounded by a garden and commands stunning views of the nearby mountains, lakes, woodlands and valleys.
About Highland Folk Museum is a museum and open-air attraction located in the Scottish Highlands. It is designed to showcase the domestic and working lives of the early highland people.
Located alongside the River Shannon in County Limerick, on King's Island. Dating back to 922, to a time when Vikings were the inhabitants of the island (Thormodr Helgason, the Viking sea-king, built the first settlement here. The castle itself was built in 1200, under the instruction of King John of England.
Located close to the Killarney National Park, Moriarty's is an Authentic Irish Gift Store and Restaurant. Hand crafted Irish jewellery, Waterford Crystal and classic and modern tweed fashions and furnishings are all on offer at the gift store. The restaurant is an 85 seater offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Mount Congreve Gardens. Located in Kilmeaden, County Waterford, Mount Congreve Gardens is an 18th century Georgian estate and mansion. It was designed by the same architect that created both of Waterford's cathedrals, John Roberts.
Recently recognised as being one of the top 10 gardens in the world, Mount Stewart is a rich tapestry of planting plant life and stunning walking trails. The house dates back to the 19th century, and was the Irish seat of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family.
Located on the grounds of the expansive and idylic Killarney National Park. Muckross House, and its 11,000-acre grounds, was donated to the Irish state in 1932.
Located on the grounds of the picturesque Muckross House and its impeccable gardens. Take a step back in time and see the Irish farming lifestyle of the 1930s and '40s. A time when the horse was responsible for much of the labour and the weather was the be all and end all in terms of production.
The Quiet Man Museum. A reproduction of the quaint thatched cottage from the John Wayne starring, John Ford directed movie of the same name. all costumes, artifacts and furnishings have been recreated in precise detail, to reflect the setting of the 1952 classic. Located in the picturesque village of Cong, County Mayo.