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My name is Tara. I am an Irish Citizen with dual US citizenship. I was born in the US to an Irish mother and American father. I have never lived in Ireland. I am now in a relationship with an American man. We plan to get married this year. We want to move to Ireland to spend our lives, and buy a home there, and possibly start up a business. My fiancee quit his job this year so we can initiate our move and wrap up things in the US. He has sufficient savings, but the bulk of it is in a 401k. We don't have enough just in a regular savings account to outright buy a house in Ireland in cash. But we could rent comfortably for a while.
We would like to get married in Ireland but wonder if it might be better option to marry in America before we travel to Ireland. We would like to stay permanently right off the bat, instead of return to the US after a number of months. I am wondering how long my spouse would be entitled to stay in Ireland considering I am also a new resident and do not have a permanent residence in Ireland despite having citizenship. Would us being married before we travel to Ireland help? What kind of health insurance would my spouse need? He no longer has health insurance covered by his job as he just quit it to move to Ireland with me.
Thanks, and hope we can find someone to help us along.
Next week I have a 'final' interview with a firm in Dublin. I've been through three prior interviews, including a difficult technical test, and I seem to have done well so far. This last interview is with the CTO of the company (I'm a techie). My sense is the job is mine to lose at this point. But we'll see, right?
Anyway, I currently live in the US with my wife, and my prospective employer is willing to sponsor a Stamp 4 visa for me. My main concern is about my wife's status. Obviously, I'm hoping she can stay with me in Ireland while I work there. Would she need to apply for a special visa to stay longer than 6 weeks if she is the spouse of someone with a work permit? Also, assuming she can stay with me, would she be able to work as well? Or would she also need to find an employer to sponsor her?
I have some other questions, but this should get us started! We visited Dublin last year and loved it. I've been looking for employment there since a certain someone was elected to a certain high office in the US. But mostly I want to live in Ireland because I love Ireland.
Slán go fóill!
Hi Bill and welcome to the site,
You're not the only one who has researched moving due to a certain someone 🙂
Much of our Stamp 4 discussion has been on this page, however based on the info you provided I doubt you would be on that Stamp. It's typically reserved for the spouse/partner of an Irish or EU citizen. More info here http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/registration-stamps#stamp4
I'd suggest reading this permit info too http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/employment/migrant_workers/employment_permits/work_permits.html
Generally the spouse of a work permit holder cannot take up employment, on the basis of the spouse having the permit. But there are exceptions e.g. the spouse employment permit for Critical skills employment permit holders. Definitely read the info at the links above. I think you'll find a lot of answers there.
Happy to help as questions come up...
As an Irish citizen, you do not need to establish residency to bring over a family member with you. If you are married at the time of arrival in Ireland, your husband would go through the Stamp 4 process. http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/registration-stamps#stamp4
Your partner would need health insurance. The information at the link above should help you with official guidelines.
Hi, Liam -
Forgot to subscribe intially, so didn't see your reply until just now.
Thank you for the links. It appears I was misinformed! My final interview for the post in Dublin is in a couple hours. If I do get an offer, I will need to look into the spousal work permit situation a little deeper and see if it's even possible.
Hello everyone! I'm so happy to have found this website! My husband and two year old daughter and I live in the US. We don't have a move to Ireland planned yet, and no Irish roots either, but fell madly in love with it when we visited in 2013 and every day since then we have discussed our dreams of returning back. We are planning to make an extended trip next year and perhaps the year after to see if it continues to feel like the right place for us. Our hope is that in time, my husband (a techie) will be able to negotiate an arrangement with his employer to work remotely from Ireland so that we can spend longer periods there, before deciding on something more permanent. I work in healthcare so that may be a bit trickier, but my current job is very flexible and perhaps a locum position is in my future. Anyway, I am excited to hear everyone else's stories and advice on this forum. Many thanks Liam for giving us a place to share our thoughts!
Thank you Liam! Having read through the Employment section here, it sounds like the only way for someone without Irish heritage or EU citizenship to move to Ireland is to get sponsored for a job there. And with the current economy I am guessing jobs aren't plentiful enough to warrant sponsorship to a non-citizen. And it doesn't sound like there is much opportunity to work remotely for a US company in Ireland, even if you are exiting and returning to Ireland quite frequently. Is that correct?
We have assumed that my husband's career in tech would allow us to move there, but since that may not be possible, I wonder if I could do so. Do you happen to know if there are opportunities for locum workers? I am a psychologist.
If it helps to know, our goal would be to live in Ireland for an extended time (a few years) but not necessarily immigrate until we've had those first few years under our belts. We do have a kiddo who would be in kindergarten in a few years, however.
Sorry if this is fuzzy, but we are just starting put together a plan for the next couple of years 🙂