How can I settle in Ireland

Emigrate to Ireland

In addition to Switzerland, the Scandinavian countries and Austria, Ireland is also one of the most popular emigration countries in Europe. Ireland attracts with beautiful landscapes, medieval cities and great hospitality. In addition, Ireland is one of the most up-and-coming economies in Europe and also offers foreign specialized workers a job market with prospects. Ireland also has an affordable housing market.

Since English is spoken in Ireland, there are fewer language problems here than perhaps in other countries. The official languages ​​in Ireland are Irish Gaelic and English. In order to be able to settle in Ireland, one should be able to speak and write the English language. This is sufficient for everyday and professional life.

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For whom is Ireland suitable as a country of emigration?

Because of Ireland's geographical location between the USA and continental Europe, many international computer companies have their branches there. Therefore, academics and professionals in this field have good prospects in the Irish job market. But the labor market is small compared to other countries and the competition for the best jobs is high.

However, Ireland is also an exception to other countries, because in addition to trained workers, unskilled workers are also sought here, for example for jobs in language and call centers. As a native German speaker, you can score points here with your own language. Knowledge of German is also beneficial in tourism. Tourism is a growing industry in Ireland.

The following occupational groups have particularly good opportunities on the labor market in Ireland:

  • Engineers
  • Skilled workers for the pharmaceutical industry
  • IT specialists
  • Employee in the hotel and catering industry
  • Employees in call centers

In Ireland, local recruitment agencies play an important role in job placement. You can also contact the state employment agency “Further Education and Training Authority-SOLAS” formerly “Foras Aiseanna Saothair” or the European Employment Services (EURES). Job advertisements can also be found in the Thursday edition of the Irish Independent and in the Friday edition of the Irish Times.

Requirements for an unlimited visa

As EU citizens, Germans have unlimited residence and employment rights in Ireland. All you need to enter the country is a valid identity card or passport. There is no registration requirement in Ireland. However, you can voluntarily register with the local police. Anyone staying in Ireland for more than three months must apply for a residence permit before this deadline. For Dublin this is the Aliens Registration Office, for all other areas of Ireland the local residents registration office (“Garda Síochána District”). The residence permit is issued for the duration of the employment contract, but no longer than five years. You can then apply for an extension.

Further information is also available from the Irish embassy in Berlin.

Moving to Ireland: what to look out for

Moving to Ireland is a bigger undertaking than moving within Germany or on the mainland just because of the country's island character. In addition, it is abroad, which among other things entails additional visits to the authorities. Some things have to be settled from Germany, others only on site in Ireland.

What you can already regulate in Germany:

  • Papers: When moving to Ireland, you should first de-register at the responsible residents' registration office in Germany. In addition to a valid identity card or passport, it is recommended that you also bring other important personal documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, job references, etc. with you to Ireland. The German EU driving license is also valid in Ireland. If you wish, you can have the German driver's license converted into an Irish driver's license. This is done with the "National Driver License Service". In Ireland, the left-hand traffic regime applies.
  • Pension and old-age provision: There is a social security agreement between Germany and Ireland. This guarantees that the other country's pension entitlements are recognized. Further information can be obtained from the Deutsche Rentenversicherung. In Ireland there is compulsory pension insurance for all employed and self-employed. However, the state pension is only to be understood as a basic provision. This is one of the reasons why private pensions are an important pillar of the Irish pension system. Private pension provision has a long tradition in Ireland, as in Great Britain. Private pension schemes include: real estate, stocks or private pension insurance.
  • If the household effects are to emigrate with: If you want to take all your household effects with you to Ireland, you should hire an experienced freight forwarder to move it. It is best to get offers from various moving companies. Since Ireland is an island, the items you are carrying can only be transported by plane or ship. This is an expensive business. Since many apartments and houses in Ireland are rented out furnished, you should consider whether you really need all the household items in Ireland, or whether you can perhaps do without some pieces of furniture.

What needs to be regulated in Ireland:

  • Apartment Search: The financial crisis may have been a few years ago, but it also left its mark on Ireland. To date, apartments and houses are relatively cheap to buy, both in rural areas and in the capital city of Dublin. You can also strike at the regular auctions of residential properties. The real estate there is usually cheaper to buy than on the open market. When and where auctions take place, you can find out from the Irish Real Estate Alliance. Most Irish buy real estate instead of renting it. But of course there is also a market for rental apartments or houses. Rental prices are relatively high in Ireland. In the larger cities, especially in Dublin, rents are much higher than in the countryside. In Ireland, leases often only run for one year. Many rental apartments or houses are furnished or partially furnished. If you don't want to take all your household effects with you to Ireland, you can benefit from it.
  • To apply for a tax card in Ireland: Before starting work in Ireland, one must apply for a PPS (Personal Public Service Number). You need this number to pay wage tax. As a social security number, it also serves to be able to claim social benefits from the state, such as housing benefits, social assistance or health care. You can apply for the PPS number at the “PPS Number Allocation Center” responsible for your place of residence. If you already work in Ireland but do not yet have a PPS number, you have to pay “Emergency Tax”, which is a higher tax bracket. To apply for a PPS number, you need a valid identity card or passport, a passport photo and proof of a residential address in Ireland.
  • Setting up a bank account: Proof of permanent residence in Ireland is required to open a bank account in Ireland. In addition, you must be able to show a valid identity card or passport.
  • Health insurance: Health care in Ireland is government regulated and financed by taxes. Anyone living in Ireland as an EU citizen is entitled to medical care like the Irish. However, the benefits to which citizens are entitled are divided into two groups: with a medical card and without a medical card. Whether you are entitled to the Medical Card depends on your income. To do this, the weekly income must be low in relation to the size of the family. Non-holders of a Medical Card receive free treatment in hospitals, but have to pay for certain medical treatments themselves. Medical Card holders receive all medical services free of charge. About a third of the Irish have a medical card. Many Irish people also have private health insurance. Private health insurances are registered with the Health Insurance Authority. In addition to private health insurances, which are only open to certain professional groups, there are three large private health insurances in Ireland that are accessible to all Irish: the "Voluntary Health Insurance Board", "Qinn Direct" and "Hibernian Aviva".

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