Working while studying in Ireland

By Edvoy• Last updated: Oct 30, 2023
 Working while studying in Ireland
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What are the eligibility requirements to work while studying in Ireland?

  • You need to hold a stamp 2 study visa. If you hold a stamp 2a study visa you will not be permitted to work while studying.
  • You need to be enrolled in a full-time course that is level 7 (bachelor's degree) or higher.
  • The Minister for Education and Skills should recognise your course.
  • You should be attending classes between 8 AM and 6 PM during weekdays.
  • The duration of your course should be 1-year or more.
  • You should register yourself with the local police (Garda National Immigration Bureau).
  • You need to have a personal public service number (PPS).

What is a PPS number?

PPS or public service number is a unique number given by the Department of Social Protection. Various state agencies like the Revenue Commissioners and the Health Service Executive (HSE) use this number for their processes. 

You also need this number to access public services and social welfare benefits. Your employers will ask you for your PPS number before letting you start the job.

To apply for a PPS number, you need to gather the following documents,

  • Valid passport
  • Address proof
  • Immigration documents
  • Student identification proof
  • Proof that you need a PPS number (job offer letter)

Then visit one of the Social Protection Department's allocation centres and apply for your PPS number.

How many hours will you be permitted to work while studying in Ireland?

If you meet all the eligibility requirements, you can work for up to 20 hours per week while your course is in session. You can work up to 40 hours per week during holidays and vacation.

Some examples of job roles that you can take up while studying in Ireland

International students like yourself are allowed to pursue roles such as, 

  • Restaurant waiter
  • Concert usher
  • Music festival security
  • Theatre stage-hand
  • Customer service personnel
  • Call center executive
  • Tutor
  • Supermarket salesperson

As a student with no/less experience, you will most probably earn the national minimum wage - €10.10 (as of February 1, 2020). However, you can potentially negotiate higher.

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.

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