Ireland is a great place to live. You know it, we know it, and now it appears that Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick know it too. The Hollywood couple, who you might know more commonly as Ferris Bueller and Carrie Bradshaw, already own a holiday home in County Donegal, and reports have emerged that they are thinking about moving to Ireland full time.
However, while Sarah and Matthew might not have too much trouble moving to Ireland, let’s look at some issues they — or you, should you wish to follow in their footsteps — might face when planning a potential move to Ireland.
Given his surname it should come as no surprise that Matthew Broderick is considering relocating Ms. Parker and his three children to the idyllic North Atlantic coast. The Hollywood star has deep ties to Ireland going back to the 19th century, and the reality is that many Americans looking to move to Ireland may qualify for Irish citizenship through parents or grandparents. If this is the case for you, then great, but what if you don’t qualify? The good news is that you can still move to Ireland; the bad news is that it might take a little more effort.
Before moving to Ireland, you may choose to visit Ireland as a tourist. American citizens are among a range of people from around the world who do not require a visa to visit Ireland. This means that you can spend up to 90 days exploring the rugged beauty of Ireland’s Atlantic coastline and gaining a fuller understanding of what craic really is without having to worry about visa applications.
Having visited Ireland, you may be hooked and feel like you need more of it in your life. If this is the case, then pursuing some or all of your third level studies in the country may be the next logical step. Studying in Ireland means that you will be able to undertake your studies in English, most likely have less tuition fees than you would for a similar programme in a United States university, and may be able to stay and work after graduating. On top of that, you’ll be following in the footsteps of such literary giants as Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett.
If you didn’t study in Ireland but want to sample what life in one of Europe’s most friendly countries is like, then you may be able to do so with the Working Holiday. Ireland has a range of reciprocal working holiday agreements with other countries, allowing for the mutual exchange of young workers and graduates for defined periods. Americans can live and work in Ireland for a year, provided they are 18 or older and are enrolled or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the 12 months prior to applying.
If studying or the Working Holiday option isn’t for you, why not check out if one of the employment permit types on offer is a better option. Or, if you’re lucky enough to be romantically entangled with an Irish citizen, find out the steps required for you and your partner to move to Ireland (if Mr Broderick can find a direct Irish ancestor within the past three generations, including his own, he may be able to pursue this option for Carrie. Sorry, we mean Sarah!)
Working in Ireland
It is believed that one of the reasons why Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker and their three children are looking to swap the fast pace of life in New York City for the more serene surroundings of County Donegal is because of Broderick’s upcoming role in The Starry Messenger on London’s West End. If you are thinking about moving to Ireland from the United States, or another non-EEA country, but are not an acclaimed actor, you may think that you are straight out of luck. However, you couldn’t be further from the truth.
Ireland offers a range of employment permits that allow people from the United States, and other non-EEA countries, to work in Ireland. In fact, a report released in February 2019 points to a massive increase in the number of employment permits being issued in 2018, with many being taken by Americans. So, whether you work in engineering, IT, or a range of other relevant sectors, you may be able to make Ireland your home with a Critical Skills or Intra-Company Employment Permit.
Like any part of your move to Ireland, being as prepared as possible definitely helps and it pays to do the relevant research on jobs, as well as CV and cover letter prep in advance. Finally, to give yourself the best chance of making your move to Ireland a success, you may want to keep an eye on the Irish labour market before you arrive.