Ireland is a beautiful country, and it’s no wonder year upon year many people decide to move there. It’s becoming a popular idea to move here after years of struggling in the UK. Of course, moving to Ireland can be difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing, and it may be worth considering a move nonetheless. But if you want to make sure that your move into Ireland is as smooth as possible there are some things that need to be considered before embarking on this new Irish adventure, such as whether or not you can move here from another country like the UK.
This article will look at 7 points everyone should know when thinking about moving into Ireland as a UK citizen.
1. What is an EEA National?
An EEA National can move to live in Ireland, as long as they have a passport from another EEA country. For example, if you are from the UK and have a British passport then you’re not allowed to move to Ireland just yet. However, after Brexit happens and the UK does leave the EU, it’s likely that British Citizens will be permitted into Ireland without any issues or any other requirements. However, until this time the government states that “After Brexit (when the UK is no longer an EU Member State)…Irish law will treat all Irish and EU citizens alike.” (1) In short, if you’re a UK citizen and you want to move to Ireland later on after Brexit has occurred, then your best bet is to make sure that you have an Irish passport or a passport from another EEA country.
2. Can my family move with me?
If you’re moving to Ireland as an EEA National then yes, it is possible for your family to be able to come with you. In this case, it’s important for your family members to show that they have the strong ties with Ireland in order for them to be able to stay here. For example, is your family member willing to work here? If they are then that will be useful. Is your family member able to speak another language other than English? Language skills could also help prove that this person has a strong connection with Ireland and more importantly, can help them get a job and be able to support themselves. Any other information about your family or yourself will also be important for you to provide when applying for residency.
3. What do I need to live in Ireland?
Well, one of the things you’ll need is a PPS number (personal public service number). This number will be needed in order for people applying for residency to prove that they have a connection to the state of Ireland. Also, it could help someone qualify to apply for a job in Ireland.
Another key requirement is that you’ll need a valid passport. This means that your passport must be valid and up-to-date and you also need a visa if you’re not from an EEA country. (3)
From what I understand, all other requirements regarding health insurance, food safety as well as work permits are similar to other European countries. So moving to Ireland shouldn’t pose too many problems if all requirements are passed and kept current month after month.
4. How long to process my application?
As they say, “every case is different”, but a rough estimate is slightly over 10 weeks. This period starts from when an application is received and ends when an approval or refusal is made. (4) So, in theory if you’re ready to submit your application then you should get your results back within just under 3 months.
Of course, you need to be aware that this estimation doesn’t include the time it takes for the visa stamping authorities in the emigration authority of Ireland to manually process an application.
5. How do I Apply for a Residency to Ireland?
There are two ways to apply for residency in Ireland, but the application process is the same for both of these processes. In this case, the first one involves a whole expedited process that needs to be completed within just 2 months of making your move into Ireland. The time limit starts from when you submit an online application and ends when your approval or refusal is made by immigration authorities in Ireland. This second option is called the standard application and it takes longer than the first option (about 3 months).
6. How much does it cost to apply?
The cost of applying for residency is dependent on a variety of factors. If you’re looking to apply via the standard application, then the basic fee in 2019 will be €500 (6) but this fee can increase depending on your personal circumstances. If you’re part of the expedited process, which takes 2 months then your fee for registering will be just €630.
It’s important that before filling out an application that you double check all documents required since if there is even one document missing then your file won’t go through!
7. Who can apply for residency?
In order to be able to make an application for residency in Ireland, you have to meet several criteria. First, you need to be an EU/EEA citizen. Secondly, you need to prove that you’re employed, have enough money and have a place where you can live (a home). Besides these requirements, it’s also important that during the application process is that you provide all required documents. (8) Also, it’s important that your family members are able to support themselves financially since their ability to do so will be used as evidence of their strong ties in Ireland.