If you want to work and travel in Ireland this year, you don't need luck, just a wee bit of SWAP! Experience Ireland your way through one of our most popular working holiday programs! Not only do you get to live and work in an exciting location, but Ireland's hospitality and knowledge of the English language makes it a jolly good destination for both first-time and experienced travellers.
The famous SWAP Ireland program comes with a 2 year visa, expert support in getting your visa, a GO SWAP Kit loaded with pre-departure information, 2 nights of accommodation and all of the local Irish support and resources you need to live and work in Ireland! Being a stone's throw from the UK and the rest of the continent, living and working in Ireland is the ideal home base. With Celtic tunes, breathtaking cliffs, and friendly folk at every turn, it will be a whale of a time! And having a two-year visa gives you the chance to explore Ireland and Europe at your own pace and avoid feeling absolutely knackered!
With no language barriers, you'll have the ability to make new friends easily with both locals and ex-pats and the opportunity for career advancement. Your new visa allows you to live anywhere you like in Ireland and work in any field, whether it's seasonal work or career-related experience. Add to that the obvious perks of living in Ireland - whimsical scenery, soulful cities, legendary nightlife, all with the support of SWAP along the way. It is sure to be the craic of a lifetime!
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A two-year working holiday visa that allows multiple entries into Ireland. To be eligible, you just have to be a Canadian, ages 18-35, have a valid passport, and DO NOT have a serious criminal record.
This visa can only be acquired once, making it (literally) once-in-a-lifetime!
Typically, all visa holders in Ireland pay a registration fee of €300 each year they stay. As a SWAP participant, you only have to pay this once for your 2 year visa, after arriving in Ireland.
Get real support from our local staff for your entire working holiday. The staff are experts at work and travel and know Ireland inside and out. They'll help you get set up, find a job and a place to live, be there to answer any questions you may have, or just to talk.
One of the greatest advantages of going with SWAP is the immediate, built-in social network that you will be connected to as soon as you arrive! As early as your first orientation, you'll already be meeting fellow travellers in the same situation, and you'll get to know each other and meet many new people in the numerous social events that are held every month. It's the perfect opportunity to make new friends, find potential roomates, and network with people to find your next job. It's much easier (and more fun) than hanging out in a pub by yourself, or looking for roommates on the Internet.
Two hostel vouchers are provided, redeemable at a list of hostels either Dublin, Cork, or Galway. This will help you get settled in once you arrive, or you can save them for a weekend trip!
We've been helping Canadians live and work in Ireland since 1976, so we know how to apply for an Irish working holiday visa. That's part of the reason why thousands of Canadians choose SWAP to help ensure their application's success. Our dedicated visa experts will go over your application in detail and make sure it is perfect. If we notice anything, we'll work with you to make sure it's flawless before your paperwork is submited to the Irish government.
Over 38 years of Irish visa expertise isn't the only thing you'll get on the SWAP Ireland program. You'll also get:
Working and living in the Ireland is easy with SWAP. You can register online here, or do it in-person by visiting any of these Merit Travel locations and talking to a friendly travel counsellor. The choice is yours and our staff will be there to help you either way! The program price includes all the support services offered in Ireland (listed in the support section), plus all the support services offered in Canada by SWAP to make sure your application goes through without a hitch and your working holiday is a success.
Canadians ages 18-35
Apply for SWAP Ireland at least 6 weeks prior to your intended departure
Any period up to 2 years
You must have the amount of $2500 CAD saved in your account as of the day you submit your application. These are called support funds and are a requirement of the Irish government
SWAP Ireland is only $560 CAD! That includes the full SWAP working holiday experience and your first 2 nights of accommodationTake the 1st step ››