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How to move to Ireland

If you’re wondering how to move to Ireland from South Africa? you’ve come to the right place!

Living as a South African Expats in Ireland can be an amazing experience, but it will come with some challenges. If you’re thinking about making the move, it’s important to do your research first.

If you’ve already made the move, you’ll know it’s not a smooth process, and sometimes any help available is always appreciated.

I’ve put together a resource guide for South African expats in Ireland. From things to know before going to Ireland for the first time, how to meet South Africans in Ireland even where to find South African Food in Ireland.

How to move to Ireland from South Africa

This is a guide on how to adapt and survive while working and living in Ireland.

Visas needed for South African Expats in Ireland

First things first, visas! If you are a non-EU national, you need a visa to live in Ireland. I’ll focus on what you need as a fellow South African who looking to move and work in Ireland. There are 5 ways to get an Irish residency permit:

  1. If you are sponsored by a company so you can work in Ireland
  2. If you’re the spouse or dependent of a foreign national who received a job offer in Ireland
  3. If you’re the spouse of an Irish Citizen, the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) & Switzerland
  4. If you are enrolled in a school. Everything you need to know about student visas’ HERE.
  5. If you get a work holiday visa (only applicable to Australian Passport Holders)

How to Move to Ireland Guide

In this eBook you’ll find the following:

  • Types of Irish Work Permits
  • The Best Ireland Cities for Expats
  • How to find out if your qualifications are recognized in Ireland
  • How to look for work In Ireland
  • Expat Tax for South Africans in Ireland

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6 thoughts on “How to move to Ireland”

  1. Hi
    Thank you for sharing with us.
    would like to know if it is possible to answer few questions please ?
    The Ireland site is confusing, and the facebook web sites … people don’t give straight answers.

    My wife and i are both still in South Africa and we are wanting to immigrate to Ireland,
    i have my British passport and she has a South African passport.
    We have been engaged and living together for 13 years and got married 3 weeks back.

    Q1. will she need to do a TB test and a English test?
    Q2. from what i understand if we move over to Ireland only then can she apply for her residence Card?
    and how long will that take? what are the chances of rejection ? that you know of.
    Q3. Is there anything we need to do before just going over? docs to fill in or to register ETC
    Q4. will need to provide a Unabridged or abridged or Abridged Marriage certificate or will our original hand written marriage
    certificate be sufficient ?

    My Apologies for all the questions
    you can email me directly if you like.
    as my wife still has few more questions to ask


  2. Thank you very much, this is helpful for someone who’s planning to travel to Ireland.

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