Studying and working in Ireland for international students

Work while Studying in Ireland

In previous articles, we discussed all the steps related to studying in this country. We highlighted the most important universities in Ireland and also how to register in Irish universities. In this article, we will try to bring light on the subject of working and studying in Ireland.

During the school year, the student must provide many things in order to continue his academic career. The most important of which is the provision of study and living costs in Ireland. That’s students may resort to working in order to cover part of the living and study expenses.

How many hours can a student work in Ireland?

International students pursuing studies who are registered with the GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) are entitled to work for 20 hours a week. In addition to 40 hours on holidays in June, July, August, and September and from December 15 to January 15 for autumn holidays. And the right to take up employment ceases once their student immigration permission expires.

Moreover, international students studying full-time in Ireland for more than a year and having an Irish Residence Permit card can work without a work permit. This is as long as their study subject leads to a qualification that is recognized by the Irish Department of Education and Skills.

Conditions for studying and working in ireland

  • Register for GNIB;
  • Register for an accredited course at an accredited Irish university;
  • Follow up the study to a complete degree;
  • Access to education between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. per week for a period of no less than 25 weeks per year;
  • Study at least for one year in a specific study program;
  • Students who meet the above requirements and wish to work in Ireland must obtain a Personal Public Services Number (PPS Number);

An employer can only pay employees with a PPS number. And the money will usually go into an Irish bank account. Also, you may have a trial period before you’re permanently hired. Ireland’s minimum wage is 10.50 euros per hour.

Check here our overview of the study fees and living cost in Ireland

Internship in Ireland

Students who register in a specific university degree can undertake internships related to the course. This is subject to the following rules:

  • Internship or work may not exceed 50% of the duration of the program. If the course duration is four years, and it’s legal working for two. Students cannot work independently.
  • The subject of the work must relate to the nature of the study program. It is also part of the points obtained by the student at the end of the academic year.
  • Part-time jobs can play an important and beneficial role in covering the cost of living during your studies in Ireland. However, working part-time will not be sufficient to cover the costs of studying at a university in Ireland.
    While applying for a study visa, you need evidence of your finances. You need to prove that you have sufficient funds to cover the cost of studying in Ireland. Telling that you will work there to cover your cost will not be considered.

Study and work in Ireland: Important points to consider

You need to note that you cannot work if you are taking preparatory classes before starting the actual study at the university. To get a job as a student in Ireland, you must be studying for a full university degree.

Also, as a student in Ireland, you have the same rights in your workplace as others, regardless of your nationality or immigration status. This means that you have the right to a legal contract and legal working hours. You will also benefit from a salary at or above the minimum wage. Furthermore, you are entitled to other benefits stipulated in Irish law, including vacation leave, sick leave and the right to join the union.

However, you should be aware that in Ireland, the employer is not legally required to provide the working hours that fit your studying schedule. If there is a conflicting priority between study and employment, it is important to discuss these issues with your employer. It is also necessary to agree on appropriate arrangements as part of accepting any job offer.

Moreover, the Ireland Migrant Rights Center and the Immigration Board provide advice and support services on workplace issues.

Can international students work in Ireland after graduation?

International students who are citizens of other EU/EEA countries don’t need any other permissions to continue working in Ireland after studying. Non-EEA citizens, on the other hand, need to apply for a green card or a work permit under the Third Level Graduate Scheme after their studies.

Moreover, the Third Level Graduate Scheme Permission also allows non-UE/EEA students to remain in Ireland for 24 months to seek employment. If their stay under the scheme is approved, graduates and postgraduates are allowed to work full-time in Ireland. However, the permission under the Third Level Graduate Scheme is not renewable.

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