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Students currently working in Ireland


Students working in IrelandInternational Students at one of the higher education institutions who have lost their part-time jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic can avail of the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

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You, like many other people in Ireland, may have lost your part-time job as a result of the COVID-19 situation. The Government of Ireland has established a COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. This is a payment of €350 per week. It is available to employees and the self-employed who have lost their job on (or after) March 13 due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be in place for the duration of the crisis.

You can apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment if you are a student (and non-EU/EEA students) who has lost employment due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Click here for more information about the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

The quickest and easiest way to apply for the emergency COVID-19 payment is by applying online here. All you need to apply for the service is a basic MyGovID account. This is an online system so there are no appointments for this service. You will need an email address to apply.

If you are an international student who has lost their job and you do not have a PPS number, you can still apply for Exceptional Needs Payment. In order to apply for Exceptional Needs Payment, you must first apply for a PPS number online. Click here to find out more about applying for a PPS number. Once you have a PPS number, you can apply for the payment. An Exceptional Needs Payment is a single payment to help meet essential, once-off, exceptional expenditure, which a person could not reasonably be expected to meet out of their weekly income. Click here for more information.