Steps to take in the Immigration process


So, you have joined our associated Facebook group and you've had a browse over this website,

but right now it is all a blur.

You have a choice when visiting this website:

  • Don't register at all, this means you can view only certain parts of the site that are public
  • Register as a free member, this means you can access the public areas and the free content area to Register HERE
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BEFORE IRELAND:

Where do I start and what are the steps?

1) Make sure you’re eligible to move. The reality is that only certain passport combinations and skilled workers can do this move to Ireland. Your first point of call is to check: Am I able to move?

 

2) Get a notepad/ folder, read and make notes!

Try to get as much of this info in your head! However, we know you may forget, so make notes. Create a file with all your paperwork. Your file is to ensure you have all the documents YOU need. All of us have different family set ups and therefore its not a case of "one size fits all." You create your own document of information. You will need to be sure that your move is going to work for you. You may need to skip back and forth through this site at various stages she here is the Map of this website HERE

 

3) Home Affairs in South Africa. There are a number of different documents you need and some of these take a long time to get. So right at the start of your investigation, go get these ordered.

  • Home Affairs Contacts and Agents HERE
  • Home Affairs documents and what each one is HERE
  • To check if you need to apply for Retention of SA citizenship HERE

 

4) Get your CV up to date and in a format that Ireland generally accepts.

  • If you are all SA passport holders you will need a job offer and work permit before you come to Ireland.
  • If you or your spouse are Irish/ EU or British you do not need a job offer before you come, but it may be your choice to start applying for work before you arrive.
  • You may need to register your career with an Irish body or organisation, and this may take some  weeks or months before you can work in that field. Be prepared in advance.
  • The basics on employment in Ireland HERE
  • Your CV, Emplyment and Recruiters, Registering with professional bodies/organisations HERE
  • Take a look at labour practices that work differently to South Africa HERE
  • Resources for this topic HERE

 

5) You may be considering Starting a Business in Ireland and instead of being an employee

 

6) Check up on Budgeting and cost of living in Ireland

  • Budgets HERE
  • A blog assisting you on how to decide where to live in Ireland HERE
  • Resources for this topic HERE

 

7) Start clearing your home and looking at movers to move your personal items to Ireland

  • Our website has not yet got a Blog or Post on this, we are working on that. So, for now here is a post on our Facebook page suggesting who to use to do your move HERE
  • Resources for this topic HERE
  • What should I or can I bring with me to Ireland? - A guide on shippinng goods to Ireland and what you should brin gor leave, and on Customs when you fly into Ireland and what you can or can't bring with you HERE

 

8) Start making lists of Things to do to clean up your life in South Africa

  • We have a checklist of 52 things to do before leaving. You will also need to add to this list of things personal to you HERE
  • Clear up your SARS, loans, debts, Wills etc making sure your life in SA is ready to leave behind
  • Blogs on Importing to Ireland and Tax HERE

 

9) Look into opening a Non-resident Irish bank account from South Africa

  • An insight into the Irish banking system and why Proof of Address in Ireland is EVERYTHING HERE
  • How to set up Utility bills in Ireland so you have that Proof of Address for EVERYTHING HERE
  • Resources for this topic HERE

 

10) Sort out your pets. Whether they are going to be moving with you or re-homed, don't leave this step for the last minute. Many re-homings have failed at the last minute, so make sure you give yourself time.

  • Moving pets to Ireland HERE

 

11)  Sort out Temporary Accomodation for a few weeks in Ireland. Very rarely do people manage to organise a rental or home ownership from South Africa, so make sure you have these ducks in a row well before you arrive. Do not expect to get off the plane and walk into a bnb or hotel. These things can take time to arrange

  • List of Short-term accomodation websites HERE
  • List of Rentals and associated websites HERE

 

12) Organise your Flights to Ireland HERE

 

13) Wanting to Bring extended family (not only your immediate family unit) or your De Facto (Unmarried) Partner, with you to ireland?

  •  De Facto (unmarried) Partners and Proofs required HERE - If you are an Unmarried couple, what documents to prepare for your move
  •  Family Reunification HERE- For extended family members wanting to move to Ireland, can they immigrate with you as your dependant and what will you need as proof (Irish and SA work permit holders, extended family)
  •  EU treaty dependant family HERE - For extended family members wanting to move to Ireland, can they immigrate with you as your dependant and what you will need as proof (EU and British passport holders, qualifying members)

 

14) Start getting your Flight paperwork ready (see more below on Entry in to Ireland). There is the SA leaving portion of the travel which is what you need to show at the SA departure airport and the Ireland landing paperwork which is what you show BMU in Ireland

 

15) Say your goodbyes. Spend quality time with those you love! Visit those special places and take in the atmosphere. You will miss this very much soon! Do not underestimate the emotions and stress of this move.

  • Have a read of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of moving HERE
  • Some helpful tips about Irish life and the hacks to make your move easier HERE and HERE

 

 15) For COVID flying while flights are restricted from SA: Repatriation flight documents HERE - As all flights at the moment from South Africa to Ireland are under level 2 lockdown from SA side, a repatriation flight is the only method of flying.

 

TRAVEL TO IRELAND:

Bags are packed and we are ready to go... now what?

Your flight Paperwork. There is specific paperwork required! There is the SA leaving portion of the travel which is what you need to show at the SA departure airport and the Ireland landing paperwork which is what you show BMU in Ireland

 

IN IRELAND:

You have landed, spent a night or two in accomodation and now the panic sets it... what do I do first?

* Realise and accept, there is NO particular order because the order depends on your route of immigration, it can also depend on what falls into place, when. Nearly all of the items below will require Proof of address (utility bills) in your and/or your spouses name. This can be frustrating, but when you find that home and get bills in your name, then everything pretty much falls into place.

* Registration or submitting paperwork. This depends on your route of immigration. Make certain you know where or when to register and what paperwork needs submitting. Review the category below that applies to you to see where, if or what paperwork needs to be submitted and what paperwork needs to be taken to the registration, and if you need to pay or not. make sur eyou know HOW to book and where to book the appointment for that registration.

* Get a home Your rental or buying a new home in Ireland is a vital step. Not only is having a home a roof over your head, but it also provides the Proofs of Address (utility bills in your name) that are vital for all the other steps below and above for registration. 

  • The basics on setting up a home in Ireland HERE
  • Info on Finding a home HERE
  • Info on buying property in Ireland HERE
  • How to set up Utility bills in Ireland so you have that Proof of Address for EVERYTHING HERE All the following are covered: heating and power, how to use a boiler and set up your immersion timer, gas vs oil vs electricity vs solid fuels vs solar, pre-pay vs monthly/ quarterly pay, bleeding the rads, waste removal and recycling, Tv licence, Internet, home phone, mobile phone, and TV free to air vs packages, providers to use, water in Ireland and insurance, RTB
  • Resources for this topic HERE

 

* Get a job (if you’re Irish or EU/BP on Eu Treaty rights, work permit route your will have a job and work permit before hitting the shores of Ireland)

  • If you are all SA passport holders you will need a job offer and work permit before you come to Ireland.
  • If you or your spouse are Irish/ EU or British you do not need a job offer before you come, but it may be your choice to start applying for work before you arrive.
  • You may need to register your career with an Irish body or organisation, and this may take some  weeks or months before you can work in that field. Be prepared in advance.
  • The basics on employment in Ireland HERE
  • Your CV, Emplyment and Recruiters, Registering with professional bodies/organisations HERE
  • Resources for this topic HERE

 

* Get a PPSN HERE

  • Resources for this topic HERE

 

* Get Tax registered HERE Pensions, deductions, customs etc in more detail HERE

 

* Get your Drivers licence exchanged HERE

  • For the full run down on Motor tax, NCT, Exchanging licence, professional driving, Letter of Entitlement, Learner licences, Medical and Eye tests, car seats, penalty points, road rules, the RSA and car insurance HERE

 

* If you haven't opened a non-resident Bank account from South Africa, you will need to do it now in Ireland. An insight into the Irish banking system HERE

  • Resources for this topic HERE

 

* Buying a car and get Car insurance HERE on our Facebook group are some recommendations from our members themselves

  •   Resources for this topic includes a full list of insurers HERE

 

* Public Transport HERE

  • Resources for this topic HERE

 

* Children in Ireland: HERE

  • Resources for this topic HERE

 

* Getting registered at a GP and Medical in Ireland HERE

  • Resources for this topic HERE

 

Be flexible and surf the wave! Don’t expect it all to happen in the order or the way you want it to!