Moving to Ireland – Complete Guide
Moving abroad is always a big step requiring a lot of planning and coordination. So, be prepared for this change in your lifestyle.
It might be good to know that all European Union passport holders are not required a visa to live and work in Ireland. However, people from the countries below need to get a visa prior to landing in Ireland:
|Afghanistan||Guinea-Bissau||Papua New Guinea|
|Bangladesh||Jordan||Sao Tome and Principe|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Kosovo||Sierra Leone|
|Cameroon||Liberia||Syrian Arab Republic|
|Central African Republic||Macedonia||Tanzania|
|Djibouti||Mongolia||United Arab Emirates|
|Dominican Republic||Montenegro||U.S. Minor Outlying Islands|
|Equatorial Guinea||Nepal||Virgin Islands (U.S.)|
|Greenland||Palestinian National Authority|
Types of Visas
In case you need a visa for Ireland, you can avail of different visa options depending on your intentions – whether you plan to work temporarily or move to Ireland permanently.
Irish Working Holiday visa is for young Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders and Americans between 18 and 30 years old to visit Ireland for an extended holiday supplemented by casual employment for 12 months. Apply for your Ireland Working Holiday Visa here.
Ireland General Employment Permit – the Irish Work permit is for non-EU citizens to work legally in Ireland for an employer in a particular occupation. The validity of the permit is two years. In order to qualify you need a job offer from an Irish employer. There is a requirement for the employer to have a minimum number of EEA nationals employed with the Irish entity. Exemptions may apply for start-ups. You can only get a Work Permit for Ireland for certain occupations or salary levels:
- Whereby your remuneration is above €30,000. Irish Work Permits will only be considered for a very limited number of occupations below an annual salary of €30,000.
- There are a number of occupations for which work permit applications will not be considered – please see Am I Eligible for more information.
Ireland Student Visa – if your intention is to move to Ireland to undertake a course of study, you need a student visa. Nationals of all countries are eligible to this visa. For more information and Click here to see if you are eligible to apply.
Cost of Living in Ireland
Dublin is approx. 30% cheaper than in London. Look at the prices of the basic goods, utilities and services below to get a rough idea of the cost of living in Ireland.
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||13.00 €|
|Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course||50.00 €|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||4.50 €|
|Water (0.33 liter bottle)||1.21 €|
|Milk (regular), (1 liter)||1.09 €|
|Fresh White Bread (500g)||1.48 €|
|Rice (white), (1kg)||1.80 €|
|Eggs (12)||2.57 €|
|Cheese (1kg)||9.09 €|
|Chicken Breasts, (1kg)||8.45 €|
|Apples (1kg)||2.24 €|
|Oranges (1kg)||2.15 €|
|Tomato (1kg)||2.49 €|
|Potato (1kg)||1.58 €|
|Water (1.5 liter bottle)||1.37 €|
|Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)||10.00 €|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)||2.53 €|
|Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)||2.33 €|
|Pack of Cigarettes||10.00 €|
|One-way Ticket (Local Transport)||2.50 €|
|Monthly Pass||90.00 €|
|Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)||4.32 €|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||1.03 €|
|Gasoline (1 liter)||1.41 €|
|Volkswagen Golf 1.4 (Or Equivalent New Car)||22,000.00 €|
|Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment||146.95 €|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||0.24 €|
|Internet (6 Mbps)||35.77 €|
|Sports And Leisure|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||42.59 €|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)||16.09 €|
|Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat||10.00 €|
|Clothing And Shoes|
|1 Pair of Jeans||68.33 €|
|1 Pair of Running Shoes (Mid-Range)||75.20 €|
|1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes||76.93 €|
|Rent Per Month|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre||915.19 €|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre||753.54 €|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre||1,532.76 €|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre||1,186.20 €|
|Buy Apartment Price|
|Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre||4,445.66 €|
|Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre||2,880.53 €|
|Salaries And Financing|
|Average Monthly Salary (After Tax)||2,241.83 €|
|Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly||4.11|
One of the first things you need to do upon arrival in Ireland is to get a PPS number (Personal Public Service number). You need to give it to your employer with regards to your taxes and revenue. It also gives you an access to welfare and public services and you neeed a PPS number to be able to set up a bank account in Ireland.
In Ireland, taxes are deducted from your salary in a Pay as You Earn system (PAYS). The percentage of your tax rate depends on your income. The standard rate of tax in Ireland is set up at 20% and it is for the first part of your income which is up to a certain amount. The remainder of your income is taxed at a higher rate – 40%. You can view and update your details directly online here.
For Annual income up to €32,800 rate is 20%
For Annual income over €32,801 rate is 21%
Tax credits reduce the amount of income tax you are due to pay annually. They are deducted from the gross tax you pay and not on your overall income.
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