Ireland || Employment

While pursuing the course

  • Students attending a full time course of at least one year's duration leading to a qualification recognised by the Minister for Education and Science are entitled to can work up to 20 hours a week.
  • Average money what students can earn is around €6 - €10 per hour
  • Students are permitted to work full time during vacations.
  • Students could look out for part-time jobs by looking in local newspapers and can work in fast food joints and department stores. The higher paid jobs involve working in call centres. Students should also explore opportunities available in your university.

On Completion of the Course

Third Level Graduate Scheme
As of April 10 2007 legally resident non-EEA third level graduates have been allowed to remain in Ireland for the purpose of seeking employment and applying for a green card or work permit. Under the new scheme graduates who have received a primary, masters or doctorate degree from an Irish third level educational institution on or after January 1 2007 can apply for this scheme.
A person who qualifies for this scheme will be granted one non-renewable extension to their current student permission for a six month periods starting on the day upon which they received their exam results. This scheme allows the person to seek employment and gain a green card or work permit.
In order to apply for this scheme graduates should apply at their local Garda Siochana registration office, or to the Garda National immigration Bureau, 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.

A person granted an extension to their permission to remain under this Scheme shall  

  • Be subject to the terms and conditions of that person’s current student permission during the six month period.
  • During the six month period the person shall be allowed to work for up to 40 hours per week without an employment permit.
  • Not engage in self employment or operate a business in the State.

Non-EU graduates are now eligible for residence in Ireland after 4 years' employment. Non-EU students who have gained a degree in Ireland's universities will be able to obtain 2 more years' student visa, during which period they are allowed to work in Ireland. After 4 years' working, they will be able to obtain long-term right of residence in Ireland.

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