If you are thinking about becoming one of the lates returning Irish emigrants to move home, then you don’t need us to remind you of the many advantages that life in Ireland will bring for you and your family, if applicable. Long summer days, being closer to friends and family and a proper cup of tea are all things that you can count on once you land at home. However, in the interest of fairness, we feel it is only fair to make returning Irish emigrants aware of some of the less desirable consequences and challenges of moving home.
At Moving2Ireland, we know returning home after a period abroad is exciting. However, we are also very aware of the challenges that many returning Irish emigrants face. That is why we have created this guide to help you navigate many of the hurdles that you may encounter. By taking the time to make yourself aware of the potential obstacles in advance of your arrival home, you stand a far better chance of returning to a hassle-free life once you get to Ireland.
1: Don’t underestimate the challenge
If you think moving home to Ireland is as simple as booking a flight and hiring a moving company, then chances are you are badly mistaken. From our experience with Irish emigrants, moving home is a bigger and more complex decision for many people than their initial departure from Ireland was. On top of that, there is a significant emotional toll to leaving a country that you have called home for many years, and it is important to acknowledge this.
2: Prepare properly and don’t be afraid to ask for help
It may be a cliche, but the truth is if you fail to prepare properly for your return to Ireland then you are merely preparing to fail. In terms of proper preparation, it is vital that you think about the big picture. For instance, have you decided where you will live once you return? Are you going to need to buy a car or will public transport suffice? Have you thought about schooling for your kids, if applicable? All these questions are crucial and need the proper attention, preferably before you return.
Chances are if you are moving home to Ireland, then you will have friends and family that will be only too glad to help. Make time to connect with old friends and don’t shy away from sourcing advice from people who may have undertaken a similar move before you.
3: A PPS Number is essential for returning Irish emigrants
In order to be able to work legally in Ireland you need a Personal Public Service (PPS) number. A PPS number is also important if you need to avail of certain social welfare programmes, to access healthcare or to apply for a new driving licence.
Chances are, if you left Ireland as an adult then you already have a PPS number, but working with Dublin’s Crosscare Migrant Project, we know that many returning Irish aren’t sure what their PPS number is. If this is the case, then you should contact the Client Identity Services right away. Another issue facing many returning Irish emigrants is that they want to make sure that their children, who may have been born abroad, and non-Irish partners are covered with PPS numbers. You can commence that process abroad by booking an appointment at www.mywelfare.ie, and you can then track down your local PPS number allocation centre here once you’re back.
For any further information on PPS numbers and how to obtain one, why not visit our dedicated PPS Numbers page.