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South African looking to move to Ireland with British Citizen

Hi,

I have some questions about some issues I am still unsure about - any help or clarity would be greatly appreciated to give my partner and I some peace of mind.

So in short, my boyfriend (British passport) and I (South African Passport) are moving to Republic of Ireland this year with the intention of staying permanently i.e. working and living in Dublin. Our plan (according to all the research done) is to book one way tickets to Dublin and at DUB airport, notify the immigration officials at Passport Control of our intentions, as I'm sure they will ask me for proof of a return ticket or some evidence of leaving the country within the allotted 60 day period, whereby we will be scheduled to go to GNIB Offices and see immigration officers where we can justify our intentions to stay and get myself granted "leave to remain" for 12 months. Once we are there, my Boyfriend can start to "exercise his right" as a EU (British) citizen and get registered, get employed etc. After a few months of him working we can apply for the De Facto Partnership Immigration Permission (as we have substantive evidence of living in a marriage like relationship for over two years) whereupon once that gets granted I can get Stamp 4 permission and start to work as well.

If there are any areas in the above scenario where you believe I am wrong could you please help to point them out for me. We are really trying to do everything to get into the country above board and we will have adequate financial backing coming into the country to start a new life.

Please let me know if you have experienced a similar situation or have any advice on the above?

hi,

my name is Sean and im also wanting to do the move you were asking about, have you had any feedback im also looking for help for my wife and what im going to need to do and how it i need to go about it?

Hi all,

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Hi there

Are you both in South Africa at the moment. I read that you want to book one-way tickets to Dublin.

That sounds a bit risky as the Irish Immigration may refuse you entry into the country

If your partner is British it may better to book your flights to the UK  - find work online and then fly to Dublin. They have tightened up on immigration 


When I stayed in South Africa I was a member of the South African Irish Association they very help- full with immigration  matters

see link below cut and paste into your browser

ireland.co.za/

irishjobs.ie/

Sean Lewis :

hi,

my name is Sean and im also wanting to do the move you were asking about, have you had any feedback im also looking for help for my wife and what im going to need to do and how it i need to go about it?

Hi Sean,

I have not had any feedback as of yet. I was hoping to get some advice from someone who has already done this move.

I have confirmed that you do need to be in Ireland to apply for "Leave to Remain" for 12 months.

Please let me know if you have found any other information regarding your move?

risteard905 :

Hi there

Are you both in South Africa at the moment. I read that you want to book one-way tickets to Dublin.

That sounds a bit risky as the Irish Immigration may refuse you entry into the country

If your partner is British it may better to book your flights to the UK  - find work online and then fly to Dublin. They have tightened up on immigration 


When I stayed in South Africa I was a member of the South African Irish Association they very help- full with immigration  matters

see link below cut and paste into your browser

ireland.co.za/

irishjobs.ie/

Yes we are both in SA, planning to go over together. I am very scared that they will give us trouble due to my ticket being one way. I read online that it is not a requiremnt to have a return ticket. Due to me only being able to apply for "Leave to Remain" once in Ireland, I thaught that this may make my situation a bit eisier as I would explain my intentions to them.

Have you been in this situation or know anyone who has made this move? Please advise. It all gets very confusing.

Have you contacted the Irish South Association

I have sent you another link

http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/em … eland.html


Be thorough with your research from legitimate websites. Flying on a single ticket to Dublin will raise all sorts of questions

Yes I have gotten all my info from the websites that you have sent me. Due to my boyfriend being an EEA national he will basically be treated like a citizen in Ireland. I am not at all worried about his entry.

As a South African I do not need a visa to enter the country, my goal is just to get our de fecto relationship approved as soon as possible, that way I will be eligible to work in Ireland and further my application for Permanent Residence.

I don't want to book a return ticket without knowing what will happen with the paper work etc... I am just looking to find information from someone who has made a similar move to what we are planning.

Hi there,

Please could someone point me in the right direction. 

I've done research and there is just an abundance of information out there.

I am looking to move to Ireland from South Africa and I've not the first clue how to go about doing this.

My bf holds a British Passport and myself a SA passport.

Please if someone could offer some advice on the steps I need to take to get permission to live and work in ireland I would be forever grateful.

Many thanks
Charene

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to give an update on my situation from my first post. We have both successfully moved to Ireland now. I have just received my stamp 4 in my passport (which allows me to work within Ireland) :)

Thanks for all the advice along the way.

I am happy to answer any questions if anyone has any.

Great news Tamsin.

I am in exactly the same situation as yourself where my girlfriend is from South Africa and I am a British National but we are looking to relocate to Ireland. Can you please provide more details on the following:

1- What documents you took with you other than passport.
2- Did you just book a one way ticket in the end?
2- Did you get questioned at all at passport control and what did they ask for?
3- How did you go about getting the stamp on your passport? Did they require any documentation?

Much appreciated,

Tony

Hi Tamsin, I have the same questions as Tony.. however I hold a British passport and my husband holds a South African passport. I am not sure if that makes any difference. We have been trying to move to the UK for the last two years but it is quiet difficult with two small children one who was born in the UK with Dual nationality and the other in SA with only a SA passport, but the most difficult part is the finance requirements in order for me to support my hubby and children and the job offer beforehand that is required at a high amount per annum. Would appreciate any advice at all or just in general how you are finding it there? I lived in the U.K. Before but never ended up visiting Ireland. Kind regards Mellissa

Hiya,

I am in exactly the same situation as you. Could I please have your email address or contact number?

It would be so so helpful to know exactly how the process works, how you did it etc if you wouldn't mind on guiding me or updating me with important information about the process?

I do not know much information at all currently. Laura x

Hi everyone, I am living in South Africa but am a UK citizen, my partner is South African.  How do we get to move to Ireland.  I know that it will be okay on my side as I have a BP and can work straight away.  I have looked at many websites but would just like a quick easy guide to getting him over there.  He is 58, a lithographer by trade.  We would ideally like to move asap, as we feel that we have many more years that we can both work and enjoy life which is getting increasing hard in SA.

Congratulations... I am Uk citizen wanting to move to Ireland from South Africa with my South African boyfriend. Would you advise us to marry first this side?  (been together 13 yrs) if yes would he be able to work straight away? if not, same question.  was the one way ticket an issue? Nice to know someone who has been successful.

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