The things you want to do ONCE you are in Ireland
"the truth is that there is a lot to deal with and get through,
you have to be on your A-game from start to finish.
An international move isn't just about what you need to
ENTER the country,
it's what you need to REMAIN in the country,
and this is where the trees start piling up for paper"
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 - How to register at Garda Immigration and Renewals of Residency stamps
1b. Setting up Home - From how to find a house, how to avoid housing scams, what is the housing crisis, how to find a home that accepts pets, rental and pet CV's, the RTB and who they are and what they do, how to buy a home, BER ratings, setting up utility bills, how to use a boiler, gas/ electric/ oil/ solar, pre-pay vs bills, waste removal, getting TV set up, TV licence, Internet and Mobile phones and companies that offer those services where I live, insurances, and why are utility bills so important to have in your name
1c. Employment - A few articles on CV writing, how to find work, getting employed and all things related to employment like, tax, pensions, USC, labour laws etc
1d.ii PPS: Tips to getting your PPS approved - some how to on how to make sure your PPS number is approved
1d.iii. Tax (Revenue), PRSI, USC, Pensions and Customs - Various aspects of tax and getting registered once you have your PPS
1e. Driving in Ireland and everything related to it - Owning a car, exchanging licence, Motor tax, NCT, Car seats, Learner's licence, License codes and categories, Penalty points, Road Rules and Car Insurance
1f. Banking in Ireland - Everything relating to Banking in Ireland
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.
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
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
2c. Medical in Ireland - Medical in Ireland, how it works, where to get assistance, Maternity and Private medical
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 - Extended family members of Irish and Work permit holders, we have gone through this 71 page document page by page with a breakdown and information. For EU passport holders and British passport holders your family reunification is held under a different set of rules. (See Information by your passport type)
3b. Habitual Residence, Means Testing, Benefits, Permanent residency, Naturalisation and Becoming an Irish Citizen - What is Habitual Residence, Means Testing, Benefits, Change in circumstances (on death/divorce/separation of the sponsor and spouse/De facto partner or the sponsor leaving the state), Permanent residency, how to Naturalise Irish and Foreign Birth registration
3c. Starting a Business in Ireland - The ins and outs of starting a business in Ireland: Which stamps have permission to run a business in Ireland, South African Passport holders and business, EU/Irish/British & Stamp4, Stamp4EUFam, Stamp5, and business, Food businesses in Ireland
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