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TEFL with an Irish passport

TEFL with an Irish passport


Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit! Sure, St Patrick’s Day is developing, and whereas we’re certainly about instructing English, just a little little bit of Irish to kick issues off appears good. 

The Emerald Isle actually has a implausible fame worldwide. Why not? It’s a centre of tradition, with a few of the friendliest folks on the planet, an unimaginable custom of comedy and music, and a lot extra. With regards to TEFL, Irish lecturers everywhere in the world get the welcome they’re used to at dwelling. No surprise, then, that individuals with even just a little Irish heritage have scrambled for Irish passports lately – particularly Brits after Brexit

An Irish passport, nowadays, is value its weight in gold. What’s extra, the Irish affect can actually be felt worldwide, significantly in Spain, the USA (significantly the East Coast) and Canada. Don’t overlook South America, both; the Irish neighborhood in Argentina is the most important in any non-English-speaking nation on the planet. Yow will discover Irish names throughout the continent – there’s even a Chilean soccer crew referred to as O’Higgins FC

This Irish unfold throughout the globe means there are such a lot of international locations amenable to guests and residents from Ireland, and whereas we will’t checklist all of them, we’ll actually be naming various international locations which grant easy accessibility to Irish ex-pats.

In case you’re one among Eire’s many intrepid TEFL explorers, learn on! Equally, if you happen to had been considering you could be eligible for a inexperienced passport however haven’t utilized but, this’ll actually make for some attention-grabbing studying.

A ligean ar a fháil chun é (or: “let’s get to it”, if you happen to favor!)

The irish flag flying from a mast

The Irish passport after Brexit

Now, to not make this too about Britain, but it surely’s unattainable to argue Brexit didn’t have implications for Eire and the remainder of the EU. 

For Britons, their passport turned much less worthwhile in 2016. Entry to the remainder of Europe turned extra restricted, which has very apparent results on TEFL lecturers with aspirations of instructing across the continent with a UK passport.

Eire, after all, nonetheless has entry to the Schengen Space, which suggests if you happen to’re travelling round one of many space’s 27 international locations, there are not any extra customs checks, no want for a visa, and no trouble. It is a actual benefit if you happen to’re Irish (or maintain an Irish passport) and harbour ambitions of TEFLing your manner round Europe, whether or not as a digital nomad or on a extra everlasting foundation. Since Britain left the EU, this positively works to the benefit of Irish lecturers who’re a better rent for European employers. 

Materially, nothing has modified for Irish passport holders from earlier than 2016, besides that extra international locations have joined and can proceed to hitch the EU. Which means extra prospects for problem-free travelling and TEFLing!


Ah, now. So what if you happen to weren’t born in Eire, however have an Irish household? What are the higher limits when it comes to eligibility for an Irish passport? Right here’s the place Eire’s Division of International Affairs come in useful.

In accordance with the Irish authorities, you possibly can develop into an Irish citizen if:

  • One in all your grandparents was born on the island of Eire or
  • One in all your dad and mom was an Irish citizen on the time of your beginning, although they weren’t born on the island of Eire.

You’ll want to have the ability to show it, after all. So, if in case you have beginning certificates and former passports of the relations related to an utility – it’s no good simply saying you want The Corrs or “simply really feel Irish”.

In case you match both of the factors, right here’s a listing of nations you possibly can apply from, and the assets you’ll want. As is commonly the case in relation to recommendation from The TEFL Org, we will’t stress this sufficient; make a number of bodily copies of the paperwork you want, in addition to scan them. You by no means know once they may are available in helpful.


Irish passports are deemed, these days, to be amongst probably the most preferable of any nation. The benefits, then, are fairly huge, and make for appreciable studying if in case you have goals to discover the world as a TEFL instructor. 

When you’ve got Irish citizenship, you possibly can apply for a passport, and may then journey with no visa to as many as 170 international locations. You may stay, work or research in Eire – or the UK – with none restrictions, and crucially, you are able to do the identical in any European Union or European Financial Space nation.

In case you develop into a everlasting resident overseas, you possibly can apply for citizenship there with out dropping your Irish citizenship. That’s a reasonably candy deal, particularly if you happen to discover someplace throughout the globe that you simply wish to make dwelling.

So, all that visa-free journey in so many elements of the world (significantly, simply learn this checklist) is trying fairly good proper now, isn’t it? What in regards to the international locations the place you’ll want a visa? Seems, having an Irish passport nonetheless has a bonus!

In international locations together with India, Kenya, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Vietnam and Russia, you should use an eVisa system. It means not having to start out a private library of paperwork, and makes the entire course of a lot faster. If you wish to journey someplace and don’t see it on the checklist of visa-free locations, likelihood is you’ll be capable of use this method.

Two irish passports lying out on a map

Common TEFL locations the place an Irish passport actually counts

To as soon as extra bang the drum of Visa-free journey, it’s necessary to bear in mind fashionable TEFL locations the place this can be a chance. Vietnam permits eVisa functions, as mentioned, however what about locations like Hong Kong and Qatar, with the very best TEFL wages? Or international locations like Taiwan and Thailand, the place the TEFL business is booming?

You guessed it: visa-free. As is a lot of South America; as we explored originally, there’s already a sizeable affect from the primary, second, third technology and past Irish expats. From Chile to Argentina, Colombia to Brazil, you’ll discover communities of Irish descendants or simply Irish folks who’ve gone to stay overseas and uncover the place the branches of their household tree prolong to.

Europe, after all, could be very a lot on provide, with Eire nonetheless being within the European Union. There are a number of fashionable TEFL locations the place you have to a visa, together with Japan and China, however having the requisite paperwork shouldn’t be too huge of a problem.

Glad St. Patrick’s Day!

So there you could have it; a number of implausible benefits for Irish TEFL lecturers, whether or not you had been born there, or are eligible for citizenship. When you’ve got an inkling you’re eligible for an Irish passport, higher get going – the queue is lengthy and getting longer!

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