Spend up to a year living and working in Ireland 

About Work in Ireland with USIT

Spend up to a year living and working in Ireland and let USIT help you every step of the way. Providing on-the-ground support to visitors from around the globe since the 1970's, USIT is the leading youth travel organisation in Ireland with over 60 years’ experience leading work and travel programs.

USIT’s Work in Ireland Program allows customers to spend between 12-24 months exploring, living, and working on the Emerald Isle. This one-time visa opportunity allows young people to experience the country dubbed one of the friendliest in the world, whilst gaining international work experience with the help of the expert team at USIT.

Arrival Work in Ireland programme | €429


Access to exclusive Work Ireland WhatsApp group to get connected with other travellers arriving in the same month

1 Night Arrival Hostel stay

Exclusive USIT members ongoing hostel discounts

Pre-departure virtual orientation

Pre departure PDF guide

Arrival orientation (virtual/in-person, when permitted)

Resume assistance

Mailing address

Job support upon arrival

Ability to contact staff via email, phone, social media, WhatsApp

24/7 (after hours) emergency line

Ongoing social events (where permitted)

Discount luggage storage

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Who Can Apply & Jobs

The Work in Ireland Program gives graduates and young professionals the chance to come to Ireland and experience all that the country has to offer for up to two years. With the Work in Ireland Program, you can work in any field or industry so if you are looking for casual work, or a more career-focused position – the choice is yours! We'll help you every step of the way. Examples of the types of work and industries where work is readily available includes:

- Hospitality: Waiters, Front of House, Managers, Chefs,    Administration & more

- Retail, Sales & Administration

- Travel/Tourism

- IT & Technology

- Finance

- Call Centre work

- Construction

Particularly worth noting is Dublin’s Silicon Docks, which are the centre of Ireland’s tech scene and home to high start tech brands, like Google, Tik Tok, Facebook, and LinkedIn, as well as many new start-ups. But whether you choose to work in a cafe in Galway, an office in Dublin, a retail store in Cork or anywhere in between, you'll have the flexibility to explore everything Ireland has to offer. Take in historical ancient castles, literature and folklore, lush green scenery as well as miles of deserted beaches, mountains and lakes, quiet country towns and villages, and vibrant city life in Dublin. You'll also have the rest of Europe at your doorstep and can easily travel to London, Paris, Milan and beyond!

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Spend up to 24 months exploring, living, and working on the Emerald Isle

During your stay, our committed Work in Ireland team will guide you through the process of applying for jobs, finding a place to live, sorting your taxes. Additional Work in Ireland program inclusions consist of:

Our local experts and dedicated Work in Ireland team will help you find your way in Ireland. We help you with all steps of the process by assisting you with the visa application to guidance on how to find the perfect home and dream job – while also providing a warm welcome with ongoing social events to help you feel at home.

USIT Work in Ireland

Ph | 01 436 2420

Email |  workInIreland@usit.ie 

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About the visa


You must be 18-30 (inclusive) for Irish and most other passport holders, or 18-35 (inclusive) for UK, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Uruguay passport holders.


You must be able to prove you have NZD $4,200 in support funds when you enter New Zealand.


You must hold one of the following passports: Ireland, United Kingdom, USA, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, Vietnam. See the New Zealand Immigration website for the most up-to-date eligibility.


Most nationalities including Irish passport holders, will be granted a 12-month New Zealand working holiday visa. USIT apply for your New Zealand visa on your behalf, and once granted, you have 12 months to enter the country. If you work for three months doing ‘seasonal work’ in the fruit, vegetable or wine industry (sold to the Cab Sav fan in the corner), you may be eligible to extend your visa for a further three months while you’re away.


Your new New Zealand life (that sounded better in our heads) doesn’t have to stop when you hit 30-something. If you’re no longer eligible for a working holiday visa or have already used your visa, then we may still be able to secure you a New Zealand visa. The skilled visa for New Zealand has no age limit, is contingent on a professional job offer and allows you to work for up to five years. Find out more here.

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