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Table of Contents for this topic:

 


 

Information by Passport Type

 

    All SA passports

   Work Permit Skills lists

   General Work Permit

   General Work permits going deeper into the information and getting a job offer and work permit

   Critical Skills Work Permit

   Critical skills going deeper into the information and getting a job offer and work permit

   Study Visa

   Stamp 0 - Retiring to Ireland

   Starting a Business or Investing in Ireland on SA Passports

 


   EU and SA passports

   Relevant parts of the EU Directive

   4 Routes of the EU Treaty

   Proofs required for EUTR1 and EUTR1A forms

   Who is a dependant under EU Treaty?

   MOCK-UP EUTR1(EU1) form

   MOCK-UP EUTR1A (EU1A) form- Permitted Members

   Bringing Non EU parents under EU Treaty Rights

   Change of circumstances under EU Treaty Rights

 


   British and SA passports: The Basics for those who were exercising Treaty rights before Brexit

   Introduction to the process

   British and SA passports detailed breakdown

   Uk & Non EU supporting docs and requirements

   Document Checklist for British and SA for pre-clearance approval letter

 


   Irish and SA passports

   Irish Citizenship (Foreign Birth Registration FBR)

   Returning Irish/SA citizens (Blog)

 


  All family members are Irish, British and/or European Union Passport holders

 


 

Admin before the move

The things you want BEFORE moving

 


 

1. The Paperwork from Home Affairs

If you are even THINKING of moving anywhere in the world...Number 1...

get your Home Affairs documents right at the start.

These can take a LONG time to get so prepare early!

 

1a. Home Affairs Documents

   Home Affairs Documents - Home Affairs documents and what is the difference between Abridged/Unabridged/Full and Vault?

 

1b. Home Affairs Agents and Contacts 

   Home Affairs contacts and Agents - A list of contacts and agents who deal with Home Affairs documents

 

 1c. South African Passport renewals in SA and Ireland

   South African Passport renewals in SA and Ireland - Vital information about passport renewals

 


 

2. The Rest of the Paperwork

This is all the bits of paper that will fill up a file and you could be asked for at any point,

so be prepared. Some of this you absolutely NEED, some of it is good to have!

 

2a. Documents for Ireland

   Documents for Ireland - A list of recommended documents to arrange before leaving South Africa

 

2b. Paperwork at your fingertips

   Paperwork at your fingertips - Links to forms needed in Ireland, that you may want to review whilst still in South Africa

 

2c. Checklist of things to do before you move 

   Checklist of things to do before you move - We have produced a unique checklist of things to make sure you have done before leaving South Africa

 

2d. Summary of the EU Directive (EU Treaty)

   Relevant parts of the EU Directive

 

2e. Police Clearance, Tax Clearance and Driver's licence letter of Entitlement

  Police Clearance, Tax Clearance and Driver's licence letter of Entitlement - Must have, good to have or don't bother?

 

2f. De Facto (unmarried) Partners and Proofs required

   De Facto Relationships - If you are an Unmarried couple, what documents to prepare for your move

   De Facto Relationships - EU & Non EEA

   EU Treaty and Defacto RING THAT BELL! (blog)

   De Facto Relationships - CSEP & Non EEA

   De Facto Relationships - Irish and non EEA

 


 

3. Preparing to Fly

What paperwork do you need to actually leave South Africa and then to land in Ireland?

  

3a. Visiting Ireland

   Visiting Ireland - As South African, what documents do I need to enter Ireland on holiday, business trip, conference or job interview?

 

3b. Letter of Invitation 

   Letter of Invitation - For family joining you later in Ireland/ Coming on Holiday/ Job Interview

 

3c. Entry in to Ireland

   Entry in to Ireland - To enter in to Ireland, what documents do I need and how does it work?

 

3d. Flights from South Africa to Ireland 

   Flights from South Africa to Ireland (Baggage and allowances) - Airlines and routes from South Africa to Ireland

 


 

4. Thing you may want to consider before you leave

Some research you may want to go over before you leave to ensure you are prepared

 

4a. Budgets

   Budgets - How to look at Budgeting your new life in Ireland

 

4b. Employment 

   Employment - A basic review of your CV and finding work in Ireland

   Getting Employed: CV writing and Recruiters - written in 2 parts: 1 focussing on CV writing, registration and recognition of qualifications and another on specifically how to find employment, employers and recruiters

   Work permits going deeper into the information and getting a job offer whilst still in SA - A deeper look at finding employment for a work permit holder, but may have  some helpful tips for EU/Irish/British passport holders too

   Labour laws - We look at labour laws you may not be familiar with as well as things that work a bit differently to what we are used to

   Becoming a Teacher in Ireland

   Ireland medical registration and job application process

   So Where is my Tax Domicile? (Blog)

   To register as a Nurse- The timeline (Blog)

   My experience of being a creche teacher in Ireland

    PSRI, USC, Tax, Pensions and Customs and Revenue - A more detailed look at deductions and pensions

   How to find work in Ireland in certain careers (BLOGS) - Registering with certain bodies and finding work from our Facebook members

 

4c. Retention of SA citizenship

    Retention of SA citizenship - Do you need to apply to retain your SA passport?

 

4d. What should I or can I bring with me to Ireland? (and sending goods back to SA) 

   What should I or can I bring with me to Ireland? - A guide on shipping goods to Ireland and what you should bring or leave, and on Customs when you fly into Ireland and what you can or can't bring with you

   Importing a car from SA to Ireland (Blog)

 

Copyright: Megan Paine


 

Admin once you have moved

The things you want to do ONCE you are in Ireland


 

1. Things to do soon after arrival

 How do I do all the things that are needed to set up our lives in Ireland?

 

1a. Register at Garda Immigration

    Register at Garda Immigration- How to register at Garda Immigration and Renewals of Residency stamps

 

1b. Setting up Home

   Intro to setting up home

   Finding a home: Renting

   Finding a home: Buying property

   Ireland's Housing Crisis

   Rentals and how to find one

   Utility Bills: Proof of Address, Pre-pay bills vs monthly, Types of heating and power and setting them up, Refuse collection, TV, Internet & Mobiles

   Areas in Ireland- What the Saffa's say about where they live

   How we decided on where to live in Ireland (Blog)

   What is the climate/weather like around Ireland?

   Budgets

 

1c. Employment 

   Employment - A basic review of your CV and finding work in Ireland

  Getting Employed: CV writing and Recruiters - written in 2 parts: 1 focussing on CV writing, registration and recognition of qualifications and another on specifically how to find employment, employers and recruiters

   Work permits going deeper into the information and getting a job offer whilst still in SA - A deeper look at finding employment for a work permit holder, but may have  some helpful tips for EU/Irish/British passport holders too

   Labour laws - We look at labour laws you may not be familiar with as well as things that work a bit differently to what we are used to

   Becoming a Teacher in Ireland

   Ireland medical registration and job application process

   So Where is my Tax Domicile? (Blog)

   To register as a Nurse- The timeline (Blog)

   My experience of being a creche teacher in Ireland

    PSRI, USC, Tax, Pensions and Customs and Revenue - A more detailed look at deductions and pensions

   How to find work in Ireland in certain careers (BLOGS) - Registering with certain bodies and finding work from our Facebook members

 

 1d. PPS number and PSC card

   1d. PPS number and PSC card - What is a PPS number and how and when can I apply for one?

 

 1e. Driving in Ireland and everything related to it

   Owning a car: The Basics

   Exchanging your SA licence, Motor Tax, NCT, Car seats, Learner's licence, British licences, Licence categories, Penalty points, Road Rules, and Car Insurance

   Drivers licence process for new licence in Ireland

   Importing a car from South Africa

 

 1f. Banking in Ireland - Everything relating to Banking in Ireland

   Bank Account: the Basics

   Banking: Proofs of Address, Non-resident accounts, Retail banks and Credit Score

 

 1g. Animals and Plants - Read blogs from people who have brought pets and "pet plants" into Ireland in the blogs section. What do you need to know about owning a pet in Ireland.

   Animals: The care of and rules within Ireland

   Bringing your pets by Ferry to Ireland (Blog)

   Bringing your "pet plants" to Ireland

   Do it yourself immigrating to Ireland with Pets (Blog)

   Moving with our feathered friend (Blog)

   Cape Town to Dublin - Fred and Ginger’s international travel (Blog)

   Animal Travel to Ireland: A complete guide (Blog)

 


 

2. How things work in Ireland

How does Ireland work compared to things I know so well in South Africa?

 

2a. Public Transport - Buses, Trains and Taxis in Ireland

   The public transport system - Buses, Trains and Taxis in Ireland

 

2b. Children in Ireland (& Education) - Everything to do with rearing children and education: Several articles about Children, schooling, home schooling, the costs of children, special needs children, tertiary education, types of schools, ECCE, childcare, child benefit etc

    Schooling in Ireland (The Basics)

    Schooling in Ireland: Enrollment

    Schooling in Ireland: Homeschooling

    Schooling in Ireland: Types of Schools

    Schooling In Ireland: Supports

    Third-level Education (Tertiary)

    Schooling in Ireland: Pre-school

    Schooling in Ireland: ECCE program and Childcare in Ireland

    How much does it cost for children to grow up in Ireland

    Children with Disabilities

    Children with Special Needs

    Educate Together Schools

    Child Benefit, HRC1 form and Operational Guidelines on Habitual Residence

   Child passport renewal when one parent is in SA (Blog)

    Rilly on Cammy making the jump to a special needs school (Blog)

    Moving to Ireland with a child with special needs (Blog)

    Keian's story so far... (Blog)

    Moving to Ireland, from a Teenager

    Moving to Ireland as a single parent (Blog)

    Big Big Links - Ideas of places things to do with children

 

2c. Medical in Ireland - Medical in Ireland, how it works, where to get assistance, Maternity and Private medical

  Intro to Medical in Ireland

  Private Medical Insurance

   Maternity care in Ireland

   HSE Homebirth with Midwives (Natural Birth) (Blog)

   Lara & Caitlin - Love at first sight! (Natural birth) (Blog)

   If we stayed in SA, we may never had received our blessing, called Chris (C-Sec) (Blog)

   Giving birth to Maddison- (C-Sec) (Blog)

 


 

3. Long term life in Ireland

 If I'm planning to be here for a long time what should I start preparing for and how do things work for my family?

 

 3a. Family Reunification Document

  Family Reunification: Bringing Non EU family to stay if you have an Irish passports or the sponsor is Non EU - the basics

   Family Reunification (Moving non EU family to Ireland) - Everything you need to know

 

 3b. Habitual Residence, Means Testing, Benefits, Permanent residency and Naturalisation

   Habitual Residence

   Permanent residency and Naturalisation

   Retention of South African Citizenship

   Wills, Death, Guardianship and Residency

 

 3c. Starting a Business in Ireland

    Which Residency Stamps can Start a Business in Ireland?

   Starting a business in Ireland- Stamp4, Stamp4EUfam and Stamp5

   Food Business in Ireland (BLOG)

    Selling or advertising food online- Food Safety Authority Ireland

 


 

Living in Ireland

Motivation or Support, or getting to know Ireland- various articles and Blogs

 

 

 

Copyright: Vicky Moolman 

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We have loads and loads of feedback from our Members:

Starting a business in Ireland

Certain Careers and the process of registering

Childrens, Kids, Teenagers

Children with Special Needs

Coping emotionally with the move and motivation

I'm in Ireland now, what if... help!

Immigration Stories

Just for fun!

Maternity

Medical in Ireland: Our SA community's experiences

Member's picture Gallery

Pets and moving them to Ireland

Strategic Partners

Tax, Finances and Budgets

Travel Blogs that have happened during Covid

Weather... so what am I in for?

What is Ireland like from a South African's perspective?

Copyright: Lara Moolman

 


 

Contacts for all the Immigration processes

 

   Helpful contact details in relation to Immigration

   Big Big Links Page - Immigration related links

   Jargon Busting - Acronyms that you are not sure about

 


 

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