So, you’ve arrived in Ireland armed with a visa or to re-settle, and a promise to enjoy your new adventure no matter how wet it gets, but what next? As attractive as it may be to research all forty shades of green over a pint of the black stuff, it is important that you hit the ground running, because the work you do in your first week in Ireland will stand you in good stead for the duration of your stay. Here is our useful guide to help you with this task.
We have also created this helpful video to assist you during your first seven days in Ireland.
Day 1: Settle into your new home
If your first week in Ireland will be spent in temporary accommodation, like an Airbnb property, guest house or hotel, then you need to turn your new abode into a week-one HQ immediately. As it is possible that you may be suffering from jet lag, it is important not to over-do it on day one. However, you should still settle in and make sure that you have all you need for the busy week ahead. This means making sure that the WiFi is fast enough, you know how to work the shower and you have all the coffee you need for your first week in Ireland.
Should you be lucky enough to have secured a permanent place to stay before arriving in Ireland, then you should use your first day to meet your landlord, sign the lease, get the keys and settle into your new abode, bearing in mind that the property may or may not be furnished.
If you have sufficient energy, then why not explore your new neighbourhood or locality and identify the closest supermarket and bus stop. If that sounds like too much work, just sit back and enjoy your first night in Ireland.
Day 2: Get yourself connected
After a comfortable first night’s sleep and an optional extra hour or two in bed to beat that niggly jet lag, it is time to get to work. Top of your priority list should be getting your hands on an Irish mobile (cell) phone. You are going to need a phone for many of the tasks during your first week in Ireland and beyond. Having an Irish mobile phone number is vital for everything from scheduling apartment viewings to contacting potential employers. Even something as simple as ordering pizza is made a lot easier when you have an Irish phone number.
Depending on whether your phone is locked or unlocked, and the depth of your budget, there are a range of mobile phone providers to choose from. If you want to make sure that your transition to life in Ireland is as seamless as possible, getting the right mobile phone plan for your needs is a great place to start. For more information on finding the right mobile phone plan for you, look here.
Day 3: Get your Personal Public Service (PPS) number
If there is one number more important that a new mobile phone number during your first week in Ireland, it is your PPS number. A PPS number is one of the most important items that you will require for the duration of your time in Ireland, as it allows you to work and, if applicable, access health services and housing supports. To obtain your PPS number, you will need to locate your local PPS number allocation centre and go from there. However, you need to be aware that some centres will only accept applicants wishing to register if they have applied in advance, so keep that in mind. Also, make sure to brush your hair and clean your teeth as the officers at your local allocation centre will take your photograph, and don’t forget your paperwork.