How to work in Ireland after graduation

Learn about how to stay back and work in Ireland after graduation with a post study work visa.

In this article:

What is a post-study work visa in Ireland?

As an international student studying in Ireland, you can apply for a post-study work visa to stay back and work for up to two years after graduation through the third level graduate scheme. 

The duration of your post-study work visa will depend on the level of your course. The breakdown is as follows:

  • Level 7 (Ordinary bachelor's degree) – 6 months
  • Level 8 (Honours bachelor's degree) – 12 months
  • Level 9 (Postgraduate diploma/ Master's degree) or higher – 24 months

Who is eligible to apply for a post-study work visa in Ireland?

  • You must have completed your course/degree from a recognised Irish university.
  • You must have a written statement from your university stating that you've completed your course.
  • You need to hold a valid stamp 2 student visa.
  • The Irish Government permits international students to stay and study for a maximum period of 8 years. You need to have at least two years left out of the permitted eight years at the time of application.
  • You must have complied with the laws of the state while studying.

When to apply for a post-study work visa in Ireland

You need to apply for your post study work visa before your study visa expires. You also need to start your application within six months after completing your course. 

What to do after your post-study work visa expires in Ireland

Once your post-study work visa expires, you can either go back to your home country or decide to stay back and continue working. In order to remain in Ireland, you can apply for one of the following,

  • Critical skills employment permit
  • General employment permit

Caution: As Northern Ireland is a part of the UK please check the United Kingdom section for information on that region. The above article pertains to the Republic of Ireland.