Permission to be a volunteer allows you to work in Ireland in a volunteering role with an eligible organisation for up to 2 years (with an option to extend for a third year), subject to the conditions below. Do not apply for this permission if you will stay in Ireland for less than 3 months.
|Where and how to apply|
You should apply for immigration preclearance to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service in order to enter Ireland as a Volunteerbefore you travel to Ireland.
Please note that an applicant must be resident outside of Ireland when making an application for permission to come to work as a Volunteer for a period longer than 90 days. Proof of residence outside of Ireland may be requested, and the applicant must remain outside the State while their application is being processed. 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 Preclearance Approval Letter.
Permission to be a volunteer in Ireland allows you to:
You are eligible for permission to be a Volunteer if you:
If your application is successful, you will be granted permission based on immigration stamp 3.
A non-refundable fee of €100 applies to this application and must be paid in full at the time of the Preclearance application. The fee must be paid by Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT).
Your Preclearance application will not be processed if you do not attach ALL the supporting documentation required:
If you submit a document that is not in Irish or English, it must be accompanied by a full translation into one of these languages. Each translated document must contain:
|Duration of validity of permit|
The initial permitted period of residence under this Scheme is 1 year (12 months) and the maximum is 2 years (24 months). You may, for example, spend 24 consecutive months in the State or break the period into two separate lots of 12 months each, separated by time. If you are currently in the State on this permission, transitional arrangements will apply. Please see the policy document for further details.
The work you do as a volunteer must be a structured activity that is undertaken in an approved sector, including (but not limited to):
You must be invited to Ireland by an eligible organisation. An eligible organisation may be either:
You can request an appeal of a decision by responding to the refusal reasons with extra supporting documents if required. This appeal must be received within six weeks of the date of the refusal letter. The appeal process is free of charge.
If your appeal is approved, you will receive a preclearance letter. If your appeal is refused, you will receive a letter outlining the reasons. You cannot request another appeal.
|Access to Employment|
With this permission you cannot participate in paid work of any kind.
With this permission you cannot bring any family members with you to Ireland
You also cannot
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