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Working in Ireland (PPS)


If you are a non-EU student on a Stamp 2 Student Visa you are entitled to work:

  • 20 hours part-time per week during term time.

    40 hours full-time per week during the holidays. The holidays are considered June, July, August, September and between 15 December and 15 January.

  • You do not require a work permit if you are a full time student but this entitlement to employment ceases once your student visa runs out.
  • Students carrying out a training period in a company whilst in Ireland will also require a PPS number.


PPS Number

In order to work in Ireland, you must apply for a PPS number, which is similar to a national identity number/social security number. You must be fully registered with MTU prior to applying for this.

PPS number applications will only be accepted with a pre-booked appointment from the Department of Social Protection, Hanover Quay, Cork City.

You will need


2. Proof of Cork Address

3. Immigration (IRP) Card

4. MTU Student ID Card

5. Letter from MTU confirming your student registration

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