If you are thinking about becoming one of the latest 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. 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: Prepare properly and 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.
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.
2: Moving home with a loved one? Know what to expect
If you move home to Ireland with an Irish spouse or partner, or a spouse or partner who holds citizenship of another EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you don’t have too much to worry about beyond the other tips mentioned on this page. You can expect to breeze right through the EU/EEA customs channel upon arrival in Ireland, and you can both work in Ireland.
If, however, you have fallen for someone who is from outside the EU/EEA, know this: you may not be able to sponsor your spouse or partner for immigration status in Ireland until after you arrive back in Ireland. Moreover, your spouse or partner may not be able to work in Ireland during the application processing period, unless otherwise authorized to do so. This may mean that you as a couple, or as a family with children, will potentially need to get by on one income for some time — many months, in some cases.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for this eventuality:
- Your non-EEA spouse or partner may be eligible to apply for an Employment Permit based on his or her skills and experience. Employment Permit options — such as the Critical Skills permit, for which there is an eligible occupations lists — exist independently of sponsorship, and may be arranged in advance of arrival.
- Save in advance, in case you, your spouse or partner and your family, if applicable, need to get by on one income for a few months.
- Have all sponsorship documentation ready to go so you can submit your application soon after arriving in Ireland.
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.