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@megmegu Hi Meg and family. Great to have you here 🙂
There's a Lucan in Dublin also. Maybe an option 🙂
Just an FYI for now, as I'm sure we'll converse more as time passes, but there are plenty of other great universities in Ireland outside Dublin. Cork, Limerick, Galway all have good options.
It's cool you've given yourself so much time to plan. Do you hope to get over to visit a couple of times between now and then to scout out options? I'm sure schools too will have a bearing on where you end up. The irish school system is great, so your daughter will be well set.
Looking forward to hearing more from you and Shannon as things take shape.
Thank you Liam! Yes - I have friends still in the Dublin area and whenever I post something about living in Lucan, they always make a joke about confusing the two.
Looking forward to researching and reading as we go 🙂
Hello all - I`m Philip from Belfast, retired, 2 children (grown), divorced. Occupied in moving back to Ireland from Switzerland and looking for a house to rent, any tips from on moving companies, insc, Irish customs rules etc.etc. It's awkward now with the movement restrictions, I know I'm not alone here.
Good day all,
I am happy to be here and to get this started. This is actually the hardest part for me due to fear but I know once I get past this post, everything will simply roll along.
My name is Francis Jackson, 33 years old, an Army veteran married (although my wife and I are separated at the moment) with a soon to be four year old daughter. My story is a bit complicated but long story short, my estranged wife cannot come here to the states due to immigration laws and I cannot go back to any of the Schengen countries (working on getting that resolved) My estranged wife is German and lives in Germany. Has for the past 5/6 years, with me living in the states.
During this time, we tried to resolve issues of bringing her back over here and me going back over there. Still a battle as you can see. During that time, we took vacations in Ireland (The Republic of Ireland) as there is the one of the very few places I could go and we would loved.
So there is a little backstory. I would be more than happy to explain more in depth if need be. As such, I am now in a place in my life to move to Ireland. I know the easiest route would be with my estranged wife but I only want to use that as a last resort. I do not want to be dependent on her for this as it may not actually get done. The purpose of me moving is to be closer to them. More so for my daughter than my estranged wife but honestly for both of them.
I am currently working remotely for an International lawyer that I have been with for 2.5 years. Unfortunately they do not have an office in Ireland but I hoping to still be able to work for them while I get myself situated in Ireland and find another job. I work in IT. For this job, as a Computer Support Specialist.
My plan is to find a place of residence in or near Dublin, move there under the pretense of vacation for the 90 day period and hopefully find a job within that time that would give me a work visa. The last time I was in Ireland, the locals were informing me of how IT workers are absolutely sort after right now so I am hoping it will not be too difficult.
Then from there, my estranged wife and daughter would have access to me and be able to visit. If they choose to move there, they could do that as well. I will only be shipping my electronics and possibly my car. I also have a small/medium Chihuahua mix.
If this post is too long for an introduction, then please forgive. I just wanted to give what I felt was the most accurate information to receive the best help and information possible. Thank you for reading this and your time.
@comitan Hey Philip, good to have you here. Happy to answer specific questions as they come up. for now, I'd suggest using the 'Forum Search' tool on the sidebar of the page. There's so much info here that will help guide you.
Looking forward to hearing from you as the move takes shape.
@gailardia Hey Francis! THanks for joining us here. Sorry to hear of your personal situation. Sounds kinda difficult, but I'm sure there's light at the end of the tunnel.
Maybe it's the pessimist in me, but I wouldn't bank on finding a job within 90 days of arrival in Ireland. Especially a job that will offer you sponsorship. It's very competitive these days with the open EU market. Citizens of 28 countries are ahead of you in the queue for most jobs. But... it's definitely worth a shot. And when the time is right (post Covid), it's way easier to be there in person to interview etc.
What kind of car are you thinking of shipping? Having visited, I'm sure you're aware your steering wheel would be on the 'wrong' side 🙂
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thanks very much Liam. I'm so relieved to have found your site as a reassurance and confidence
instigator with my upcoming move back home - Philip
Thank you so much for your kind words and positivity!!
Yes, I was thinking the same thing as well with the 90 day limit but then I see just how many IT jobs are available so I naturally figured that being available there would ultimately be better than applying from over here as they would have access to me at any point and time.
Oddly enough, the fact that the steering wheel is on the other side slipped my mind. I have a 2017 manual VW Jetta. May be much simpler to sell it prior before moving to Ireland. 😅😂
Hi Liam. In the reply from @gailardia you said that competition would be stiff for getting a job and a visa within 90 days.
I'm a dual IRL/USA citizen but have not resided in Ireland (ever). How you do you think an potential employer would view me compared to @gailardia if everything else were equal?
@omurchu Joe, good question, but kinda hard to answer 🙂 I've experienced that myself when I tried getting a job back home in Ireland while still living in the US. It wasn't easy, I can tell you. But...that was quite some years ago, so maybe now that the world is more tech-connected, it might be easier. I've heard from people (some Irish citizens) on here over the years that they had a very tough time even getting interviews while being outside Ireland. Some gave up, and did what I think Francis is suggesting. Show up and hit the interview circuit hard.
I can totally see it from an employer's point of view. I've interviewed plenty of people myself over the years, but if I'm thinking these guys are miles away, and this move may never even take shape, why would I spend expensive hours interviewing etc. But...the diamond is often in the rough 😀 I'd interview anyone if I felt they'd be a good fit, and are willing to relocate.