Ireland Volunteering Visa

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Ireland Volunteering Visa

You must apply for immigration pre-clearance to enter the state as a Volunteer before you travel to Ireland. Please note that an applicant must be resident outside the State when making an application for permission to come to work as a Volunteer for a period longer than 90 days. You will not be permitted entry to the State by an Immigration Officer at the Border, for the purpose of working as a long stay Volunteer, unless you can produce a Pre-clearance Approval Letter.

Note: Non-EEA nationals not requiring a visa must have prior approval from the Department of Justice and Equality, Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) under this Scheme to enter the State as a Volunteer. If your application is successful, you will be granted a letter of approval. You must present your letter of approval to the Immigration Officer at the point of entry on arrival in the State, who will verify its contents by reference to the approval number contained in your letter. You will not be permitted entry to the State for the purpose of working as a Volunteer unless you can produce the prior approval letter obtained before you travel to the State.

Non-EEA nationals requiring an entry visa, with Pre-clearance application successful, must then apply for a visa online.


  1. Gather all documents
  2. Apply for Immigration pre-clearance to be a volunteer in Ireland.
  3. Send the application form with the documents to the pre-clearance section of Irish Immigration.
  4. Decision.
  5. Get to Ireland with your pre-clearance letter valid for 6 months and finalize your stay procedure.


12 months





Processing time

8 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Ireland Volunteering Visa?

7 Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be aged 18 years old or older.
  • Applicant must be non EU/EEA and non-Swiss citizen.
  • Applicant must be offered volunteering work by an eligible organisation.
  • Applicant must be fully supported financially for the entire duration of stay by the organisation that is inviting to Ireland.
  • Applicant must be of good character and good standing, e.g. you can provide a police clearance certificate or equivalent not more than 3 months old.
  • Applicant must be cleared to work with children and vulnerable adults (if necessary for your role), e.g. you can provide a child clearance certificate from An Garda Síochána (this can be obtained by your sponsor prior to your arrival in Ireland).
  • Applicant must have medical insurance from a company authorised by the Health Insurance Authority of Ireland to cover you for the duration of your stay.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Ireland Volunteering Visa?

9 Document Required

  • Copy of current passport (all pages) and full copy of any previous passports.
  • Letter of sponsorship on headed paper from your sponsor detailing your intended role in the State and how they intend to support you in the State. You must be financially supported by the sponsoring organisation within Ireland, financial support from sources outside the state will not be accepted as part of this scheme.
  • Full 6 months bank statement from the sponsor.
  • Full 6 months bank statement from yourself (the applicant).
  • Evidence of qualifications/experience.
  • Audited accounts of the sponsor should be available if required by the immigration authorities.
  • Police Clearance Certificate (not more than three months old) from your home country of residence.
  • Confirmation from your sponsor they have obtained Garda Síochána vetting for you if you will be working in a role involving children and/or vulnerable adults. If Garda Vetting is not submitted by you then there must be a clear written undertaking from the sponsoring organisation, in the sponsorship letter accompanying the application, that you will have no involvement with children or vulnerable adults during the course of your work in Ireland.
  • All documents submitted should be in Irish or English. Translations done should have translators approval and details on it.

Talent Migration data for Ireland

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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