Expansion of Visa issuance under Japan-Ireland Working Holiday Program
1. The exchange of Notes Verbale concerning the expansion of issuance of working holiday visas between the Government of Japan and the Government of Ireland took place on December 26 (Thur) in Tokyo. This exchange of Notes Verbale will increase the number of annual issuance of working holiday visas by both Governments under the Japan-Ireland Working Holiday Program from the current 400 to 800 in 2020.
2. This increase in the number of annual issuance of working holiday visas is expected to promote youth exchanges and mutual understanding and to further deepen the friendly relationship between the two countries.
(1) A working holiday program is a scheme that is intended to offer young people from partner countries and regions an opportunity to learn about other cultures and ways of life, and promote mutual understanding. It allows young people from partner countries and regions who wish to enter a country on holiday to engage in employment as an incidental activity to supplement their funds for travel and living costs.
(2) Japan started the working holiday program with Ireland in 2007.