Working Holiday Visa

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  1. #11

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    i HAVE met people in hk on a working holiday visa (as a matter of fact, i employed one!)...the ones i have met were from Oz, though.

    there are a few irish folk around (my mum was born in dublin, her family hailing from wicklow~ sadly, i've never been myself), if you are here long enough, i'm sure you'll meet a few!


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    I came to HK on a working holiday visa from Australia, AMA


  4. #14

    Thank you so much for all of the posts and the web links are excellent - you have all helped so much and I really appreciate it! I am going to apply within the next week or so and will keep researching everything, so hopefully I will be able to write an update in a few weeks Thanks to all once again.


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    Also, I hope that you will get to visit Ireland, carang Yeah I would hope to get to know as many people of all nationalities as possible so... here's hoping that the application goes OK


  6. #16

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    Hey bunnycurves,

    I'm Irish and came out here on the working holiday visa in November and haven't regretted it for a second. Everyone here has pretty much been spot on with what they have said and it is definitely worth the effort. From my experience I would say that you should defo go to the Chinese embassay in Dublin in person rather than applying by post and when you have done that it will take about 2-3 weeks for the process to be completed. I don't think ireland has ever come anywhere close to filling the quota either so that shouldn't be a problem. Job wise its definitely worth getting a TEFL qualification so that you can pick up some money when you first get here, alternatively theres a fair few irish bars (isn't there always) and I'm sure they'd consider taking you on. Then after you've got yourself up and running you can start to look at a more permanent position if you see yourself staying in HK for the long term. You're right that we are limited to 3 months per employer but from talking to people this isn't enforced too strictly and if you can make a good impression at a company within three months then they may be willing to sponsor you for a permanent work visa.

    If you have any questions about the process or whatever then give me a shout and I'll try my best to help you out!