Relocating to Ireland: What International Assignees Need to Know
Posted by: Jennie Harper, Supply Chain Manager
The latest video in our Cartus On the Ground series focuses on Ireland and the frequented expatriate destination of Dublin. Produced in conjunction with our in-country destination services provider Irish Relo, the video shares top tips and best practices for international assignees moving to the ‘Emerald Isle.’
Topics covered in our Ireland video include, housing, schooling, transport and immigration. Here are a few of the top tips discussed:
- Be prepared for a high cost of living. Compared to world standards, some assignees may be surprised at how expensive Dublin can be, with food, clothes and entertainment especially costly.
- On arrival, assignees need to obtain a Personal Public Service Number from the Department of Social Welfare. Everyone in Ireland is issued a number, known as ‘PPSN’, which is needed when dealing with public bodies like health services and banks.
- Unlike most European capital cities, the rental market is rather limited in Dublin, which means availability is low. This means assignees should remain flexible when looking for a home, so that their property search isn’t too restricted.
- Due to the low availability in Dublin’s rental market, a key challenge we’re facing at the moment is the speed in which properties are being taken. So once a property is found, assignees have to move quickly to secure it. This means being prepared before looking for a property, i.e. set up a bank account, have an employment confirmation letter ready, and ensure funds are available to pay the security deposit and first month’s rent.
- Availability can be low for both state and private schools. Families should research online before going on a school search trip as, that way, applications can be made as early as possible.
- It is also a good idea to shortlist two or three schools, in case the first choice has no spaces available.
- As state schools provide places based on catchment areas, assignees will have to choose the preferred school first, and then look for a property within the relevant area.
- Dublin’s city centre can easily be explored on foot, but those wishing to drive whilst on assignment, can use their home country driver’s licence for up to 12 months, from the date of residency – as long as the licence has not expired, and after which time an Irish driver’s licence needs to be applied for. This entails passing both a driver theory test and practical driving test, which can be challenging.
- Those planning to use public transport regularly should be aware that bus stops in Dublin do not display information boards, timetables, or route maps, so be sure to do your travel research beforehand.
- Make the most of your time in Dublin. Explore the nearby historic towns and cities and the beautiful countryside, as well as the city’s shops, restaurants, and lively pubs!