Hi, i am just beginning to travel, I have plans to visit australia later this year or early next year but I would also love to visit Ireland as many of my ancestors were Irish and I have always loved the country. What I am looking for is any helpful tips about travel to Ireland, accomadation, work availability, etc. i have heard that it is relatively easy to get into Ireland, as a visitor or as an immigrant, is this true? And what visa would I have to apply for to stay and work there for a year or two?
Thanx a lot, O
Ireland is fairly easy to get into however it is is getting harder each year. You need to apply for a work visa to work in Ireland for 12 months - pretty easy, and then if you want to stay you have to find a company that will sponsor you - not as easy.
There are so many Aussies, New Zealanders and South Africans working and living in Ireland now that it is getting harder although you should be able to get a job where they will sponsor you though. What might work in your favour is that the Irish government have just changed the law stating that a work permit now does not restrict the worker to the company rather that they can work wherever they want (up to now you have been restricted to the company you work for only), although I have not seen this new law come about as of yet it should happen soon.
In terms of accommodation, it is not cheap... in fact the whole or Ireland and especially Dublin is very expensive. If you are looking for somewhere to live then the web site www.daft.ie is an excellent one and lists accommodation noth sharing and rented on your own. In terms os holiday accommodation the best bet are B&Bs as they offer good qaulity at reasonable prices (usually!) and tere are loads of them about!
It is getting alot harder to get work there now but if you persist you will be fine, just make sure you have enough budget to get you through for up to a month without income in an expensive city like Dublin!
Ireland is a great country though and you will enjoy your time there no matter how long it lasts! The people make it and the craic makes it worth staying for!
Good luck in your travels - i lived there for 4 years and experienced all the dramas of visas and work permits and the absolutely CRAP immigration system - which has got a lot better to be fair!
Any more questions... ask away!
You will need a visa to work in ireland you can get a working hoilday visa for ireland witch lets you work for 3 months check with your local embassy or the irish government website faq on imigration/holiday visa's http://foreignaffairs.gov.ie/services/visa/default.asp?m=s.
You can find a good b&b for about €50 a night these are in every town in ireladn and should be listed on the board Failte website www.ireland.ie. hostels are the cheapist accom about €20 a night. but beware Ireland is a very expensive place to be esspicaly compared to canada with the exchange rate.
Hope I Don't put you off as it's still a great place to visit.
The advice Natdoog and Fabio have given you is spot on! Ireland is changing and it is becoming more difficult to get visas apparently, but I'm sure you will have no problem.
While Dublin is where most of the jobs are, it is also the most expensive part of the country by far. If you seriously consider coming here, you should choose another part of the country in which to live in work, such as Galway or Cork (both very arty vibrant cities)
If you need any help or advice, feel free to ask
I went to college in Cork for 3 years, I've been to Galway a bunch of times, both are way nicer places than Dublin, personally I hate the place, it's ok for a weekend to see it but way too expensive if your just travelling and planning on staying there for a couple of weeks. Having said that, Ireland is pretty expensive in general, thats why I'm off to Thailand on Sunday! Enjoy your trip
ya dublins a kip, recks of pesh and they rip you off worse than anywhere else, and thats sayin somethin! aussies love galway for some reson, the place is full of em, in a good way! i havent a clue about visas and stuff, mainly because i'm irish (does being born on inishbofin count as being irish since it wasnt really on the main land) and i dont think i need one!! they let me work here for free(for now!). jobs arent too hard to come by, i even have one! this post has been of no use to anyone! i'm hungover as hell
dont worry its easy come on in..
go to galway huge student population.weekly accom bout 60yo yos but the wages are lower than dublin.expect catreing work as we have way to many grad students. but its not to bad. but it is very expensive everywhere.have big start up cash other wise you could waste your time.
were brilliant though!!