If you have a passport from anywhere in the European Union or Switzerland… you’re in luck! You don’t need any visa to study and work in Ireland.
The only document you will need is your European Health Insurance Card to receive health care in the country.
Argentine, Mexican, or Chilean passport
If you have a passport from any of these three nationalities, you’ll be happy to know that you won’t need to apply for any visa before traveling to Ireland, as they will stamp your tourist visa as soon as you land in the country.
What you’ll need to keep in mind is that you won’t be able to work in Ireland until, once you’ve spent 90 days in the country, you apply for the IRP (Irish Residence Permit). With it, you can work 20 hours a week for the duration of your course and full-time during vacations.
And you may be wondering: What is the IRP?
Well, in short, it’s like an Irish identity document, with your biometric data, your name… To apply for it, you’ll need to attach proof of residence and proof that your course lasts more than 90 days.
On the other hand, unlike those with European passports, medical care will be paid for, so you’ll need health insurance.
If you’re from Chile or Argentina, there’s another visa that will allow you to study and work in Ireland, the Working Holiday Visa, which will allow you to study and work for up to 12 months. Visit our page on visa types in Ireland to learn more about the Working Holiday Visa.
Colombian, Peruvian, and Ecuadorian Passport
If you have a Colombian, Peruvian, or Ecuadorian passport, you will need to apply for a visa before traveling to Ireland. Specifically, to study and work in Ireland at the same time, you will need to apply for a student visa or Stamp 2.
With it, you can work 20 hours per week while studying and full-time during the vacation period. It has a minimum duration of 8 months, and you can extend it for up to 2 years. If you enroll in a university program, the visa will have the same duration as the course. To apply, you need to have:
- A valid passport
- An acceptance letter from the school, which they will give you once you have enrolled in an accredited program with a minimum duration of 25 weeks.
- Proof of payment for the course.
- Health insurance.
- Demonstrate that you have sufficient funds (€500 per month of stay in Ireland) to cover your stay in the country
- Letter of intent.
- Pay the student visa fee: €300
Like their Latin American neighbors, once you have spent 90 days in the country, Colombians, Peruvians, and Ecuadorians can apply for the IRP (Irish Residence Permit) to work in Ireland.