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Immigration Information for Dublin

With the Irish economy recovering from the economic crisis and a large number of tech firms calling the city their home, Dublin is a popular destination for expats. Read our guide on moving to Dublin for info on districts, transport, and immigration.
Irish visa and residency stamps can take a while to acquire.

Expats interested in living and working in Dublin should keep in mind that visa and immigration legislation is highly interconnected with employment legislation. The current regulations do not allow for residency in Ireland without an employment permit, at least for people who are permanent residents of a country outside the EEA or Switzerland.

Moving from within the EEA

The EEA encompasses the EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and (for this purpose) Switzerland. If you are from one of these countries, you enjoy absolute freedom of movement and can start your new life without any restrictions. You do not even have to register with the authorities. You are also allowed to bring your family and dependents with you, given that you can financially provide for them.

Your only obligation is to find employment within three months of your arrival or to provide evidence of sufficient funds for a prolonged stay in Ireland without being a burden to its social welfare system. However, we would assume that no future expat would want to waste much time before getting to work anyway. Our article on working in Dublin lists a number of ways to secure employment in a timely fashion.

Moving from outside the EEA

If you are not from within the EEA or Switzerland, chances are that you might find the road towards moving to and working in Ireland quite laborious. You will not be able to enter Ireland for residency purposes without first acquiring an employment permit.

The employment permit is prerequisite for the residency stamp that authorizes you to stay in Ireland for more than a visit. Failure to acquire that stamp will unfortunately result in your having to leave the country. Our articles on moving to Ireland and working in Dublin offer further detailed information on this matter, which is not exactly a simple issue.

Final Steps to Get Settled

If you have successfully secured employment in Dublin and handled all the necessary paperwork, there are still some steps you need to take care of after your move to Dublin. Non-EEA residents have to register with the local authorities at their local Garda District Headquarters. This process is absolutely vital as it provides you with your desired residency stamp. Expats with work permits get stamp number 1.

Depending on your situation and employment permit, your family may be able to join you in Dublin immediately or they may have to stay behind for a longer period of time. If you have a General Employment Permit, your family will be allowed to join you in Dublin after you have lived and worked there for one year, as long as you can prove that you have enough money to support them.


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