A Guide on Moving to Ireland

A Guide on Moving to Ireland (Part 1 – Important Disclaimer)

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If this is your first time reading this guide on moving to Ireland please read this before continuing.

I moved to Dublin, Ireland in August 2016 on a temporary working holiday visa (I returned back to Canada in June 2018). I wanted to give you some information about moving to Ireland. The information in this guide is from my perspective as Canadian who was in Ireland on a two year Working Holiday Visa. If you’re a citizen of another country and/or if you want to get a permanent visa and/or if wish to attend school in Ireland you’ll need to do further research. Here is an excellent place to start.

I am not an immigration lawyer or expert. I make no guarantees that your experience moving to Ireland will be the same as mine. Failure to do the proper research and apply for the correct visa can result in serious legal trouble. I also cannot guarantee the information in this guide will remain accurate forever, as rules for moving to Ireland could change. You need to be responsible for yourself, do the proper research, and ensure you are moving to Ireland (or any country for that matter) legally. My goal with this guide is to give you some inspiration to general information on moving to Ireland. I hope if you are thinking about or planning to move to Ireland that this helps you be a bit more prepared and aware of certain situations that could come up. Again though, your experience if you move to Ireland may be different than mine.

Ireland in this guide refers to the Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom and has different rules about visas than the Republic of Ireland. If you are looking to work and live in Northern Ireland, you will need to research visas for the UK. I have not lived or work in the UK so cannot speak on moving to that country.

To help you navigate this guide on Moving to Ireland it has been divided into six parts. Click on a link below to read that part of the guide on Moving to Ireland.
Part 1 – Important Disclaimer – Please Read This First If You’re New To This Guide
Part 2 – Should You Move to Ireland?
Part 3 – Before You Arrive
Part 4 – Getting Settled and Paperwork
Part 5 – Finding a Place to Live
Part 6 – Getting a Job

22 thoughts on “A Guide on Moving to Ireland”

  1. Living in another country is a big leap. I do love Ireland though. The people are so friendly and the country is so beautiful so I can understand why you would want to live there. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard

  2. There is so much to consider when emigrating, I did it once as a child with my parents and again with my husband more recently. Both times were with permanent visas not holiday ones – it’s a great experience but takes a bit of planning and a steep learning curve.

  3. Great tips for those considering a stay in the Emerald Isle. Fun place is Ireland, so much to see out in the beautiful countryside and of course so close to Europe.

  4. Moving to Ireland sounds like quite an adventure. Is it difficult to find a job though? I’ve heard that the Irish economy is struggling a bit and it’s not that easy to find work. It’s such a beautiful country though.

  5. Thanks for the tips. These will be really helpful other people looking to move to Ireland – and I had no idea that the working holiday visa went up to 35 there!

  6. These tips will be definitely helpful for someone planning to move to Dublin. Though I have traveled a lot my base is fixed for a long time now. I am keen to do a transfer like this and see the hardships if any.

  7. Its so exciting to move to a new country! I made similar plans when moving to South Korea. Having money in your bank account is so helpful when moving abroad! There are always unexpected things and jobs fall through. My first job stopped paying us so I had to find a new one ASAP!

  8. This article made me smile because it’s the opposite of an article I wrote about why I DIDN’T move to Barcelona. These are very useful tips, and part of why I didn’t end up moving to Spain is that I didn’t think through these important logistics, and they came as a shock!

  9. I think the idea of moving out and traveling the world is a great idea. Hope to see you in India sometime 🙂 however, I am not sure if there working vacation visa here.

  10. These are great tips for anyone considering a move to Ireland! I’m glad you found a country that gives out working visas up to age 35. Hope you enjoy the art, culture and nature of Ireland during your stay there!

  11. Congratulations on making the move to Ireland and for taking that leap. Gettings settled is never easy, but it seems like you are finding your way. These are great tips for folks interested in doing the same. Good luck and looking forward to reading more about your experience.

  12. I like the fact that cheap flight was one of the main reasons for choosing Ireland.
    I hope you’ll stay happy with your choice of moving to Ireland!

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