The Irish Are Coming!!

Workers from Ireland are coming to Australia even with the improvement in the Irish economy. Irish citizens intending to work, study or set up a business in Australia need to have the right visa to suit their circumstances.

We have set out below some of the common the most common visa types and pathways for Irish students/workers.


Visa application costs range from A$440 for a working holiday visa to $3600 for some of the skilled and investment visas. As visa applications are becoming more and more complex, it is wise to use a Migration for the application process, just make sure they are are registered with the Australian Government (MARA).

Temporary visas

Working Holiday | Subclass 417

This visa allows 18- to 31-year-olds to study, travel and work for up to one year (you can work for just six months with one employer). The visa can be extended by a year by working for three months in a regional or rural area. You cannot bring dependent children on this visa.

Temporary Work Skilled | Subclass 457

The 457 visa entitles you to live in Australia and work for up to four years for an employer who will directly sponsor you. The employer needs to be an Approved Business Sponsor (SBS). You need to have a job offer from an approved employer in Australia to apply, and the employer will have to prove your skills can’t be sourced among Australian citizens or permanent residents in the local area. If you want to change positions your new employer must agree to sponsor you, and if you lose your job you can move to another sponsored employer. Workers can bring partners and children on secondary 457 visas.

Student Visa | Subclass 500

Allows full-time students to work up to 40 hours a fortnight. You may need to show adequate funds to cover school/living expenses before the visa is granted.

Permanent visas

All permanent residence visas allow you and family members who have been granted this visa on the same application to stay in Australia indefinitely. Becoming a permanent resident entitles you to Medicare (Australia’s healthcare scheme), to apply for Australian citizenship if you are eligible, to sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence, and to travel to and from Australia for five years from the date of issue (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia if you leave).

Most long-stay visa schemes are offered under Australia’s skilled migration programme, which is based on the country’s economic needs and skill shortages.

Most permanent residence visas are points-based. Applicants must pass an English test, have a set amount of work experience in an occupation on the consolidated skills shortage list (see below), and meet age requirements for the vis