Living in Ireland guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Ireland with the expat guide

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General information
  • Ireland is one of Northern Europe's key expat and tourism destinations thanks to its mild climate and stable economy, as well as its rural scenery.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Foreigners in Ireland are allowed to celebrate their civil, secular or religious marriage in Ireland, provided they complete all the required formalities.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • As of October 2014, Ireland offers 9 types of employment permits for foreign workers with requirements dependant on your nationality and circumstances.

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  • European Union nationals do not require a visa to travel to Ireland. They can simply produce a valid passport for a maximum 90 days stay in the country.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • There are various ways to find work if you are already living and settled in Ireland with work permission.

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  • Dublin is Ireland’s most international city, and boasts a huge economy for foreign workers. There are a number of international companies based there.

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  • The city of Cork has a developed economy which is based on several sectors, namely the pharmaceutical and tech industry.

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  • If you wish to set up a business in Ireland as a non-EU/EEA citizen, you will need to apply for the correct visa type and seek the appropriate permissions.

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  • If you wish to work in Ireland, those living abroad will find job-hunting reasonably straightforward, particularly if you are an EU citizen.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • The Irish housing market is competitive, so it’s important to know the home rental and buying processes, and how to go about finding your new home.

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  • Dublin's different neighborhoods are all interesting in terms of housing, affordable rent prices and other facilities offered.

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  • Finding accommodation in Cork is not a difficult task and prices are likely to be cheaper than Dublin, but this varies by neighbourhood.

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Student visa, University registration
  • Ireland is home to many world-class universities in settings full of history and culture, and hosts thousands of international students ever year.

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  • Details about studying in Ireland in general and studying make-up in particular

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Ireland has a public healthcare system, but it isn't necessarily free and access to it depends on your residency status. There are also private options.

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Open and manage a bank account
  • One of the first things you’ll want to do upon moving to Ireland is open a bank account, especially if you plan to earn money and pay bills while there.

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Tax system, income tax
  • If you are earning money in Ireland, you are subject to the Irish tax system at the same rates as Irish citizens.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • There are many transportation options in Ireland, whether you plan to stay local in a city centre, or hope to traverse all of the landscapes.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Driving during your stay in Ireland is a great way to explore the country, and depending on where you live, might be an essential part of daily life.

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  • Getting a driver's license for someone outside the EU or one of the countries with left-side driving is like starting all over again...

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Pets are part of the family, so if you’re moving to Ireland and you are a pet owner, you will probably want to bring your animals along for the adventure.

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  • If you’ve decided to permanently settle in Ireland, then you might need a removal company to help you relocate your larger belongings.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Telephones are a huge part of modern life, so setting one up for yourself, and knowing how to make calls, will be a priority when you get to Ireland.

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  • Due to the importance and many uses of the internet, chances are you will need to use it and possibly organise a subscription when you settle in Ireland.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Living in Ireland gives you a great opportunity to explore gorgeous landscapes, rich history, and a wealth of culture.

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  • The Irish are very fond of sports, so you can keep following or playing your favourites if you move to Ireland. You may even discover some new ones.

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