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1. Posted by gagnon (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

I'm from the U.S. and looking to live in Ireland for a few months next spring. Has anyone gone through BUNAC? Any thoughts/opinions on the organization? Could I find work in Ireland without a proper visa?

I appreciate your help.

2. Posted by SeeTheSky (Respected Member 558 posts) 11y

i was curious about something similar. any info anyone could give would help us both. so if you could... thanks.

3. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

You'd need a work visa if you're not living in the EU or Switzerland.

What field of work are you looking to get into over here?

4. Posted by gagnon (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

I am currently in school but have January - May of 2006 off...just the way my schedule worked out. Then I'm finishing up school in summer of 2006 back in the USA. So I thought I should take advantage of my time off and try something new.

I am not looking for anything special for work, I'm flexible. Just want to earn some money while I'm there. Thanks.

5. Posted by katheryn7 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

I'm an American living in Ireland. My experience has been that you must have your job lined up and work visa in hand before arriving here.

6. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

as an Americano livin in the UK, u need as well Visa and Work lined up. I did it first by becoming a student. MAde job contacts thru my degree program in Scotland, and then finally got hired - took a year though...But thats the UK, Ireland may be diff.

My suggestion, BUNAC is quite good as long as you meet thier requirements. If u wish to work "under the table", I have a friend (American) got a job in a restaurant on Oconnell Street just by showing up for lunch. But if you want a proper legal job u need to have everythin sorted first.

7. Posted by MichaelW (Budding Member 37 posts) 11y

I am also interested in working in Ireland I am an IT worker and I heard that there is availability for people in computers in Ireland. Does anyone know if this is true and what I would need to do in order to get a visa?

Thank you

8. Posted by gagnon (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

Thanks for your help with the suggestions. I do believe I meet the requirements for BUNAC because I am a current graduate student.

Jeff, How did that work for you finding the job in Scotland? After you graduated, you found a company to sponsor you or something? Do you like living in the UK?

Michael, I have heard there are a lot of opportunities for people in IT to work in Ireland. Not sure how to go about getting the visa though. Maybe you can transfer within your current company?? Anyone know if there are any opportunities for people in accounting/finance professional services in Ireland?

9. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

Jeff, How did that work for you finding the job in Scotland? After you graduated, you found a company to sponsor you or something?

hey there!
Well its a long process - Im a web developer and was working freelance for a advertising agency here that eventually hired me on fulltime under my student visa (although i should only be working 20 hours/week!...so don't tell the Queen Mum). They are payin me contract now until I complete my MSC this January. THEN ...Scotland has this wicked deal with Non-EUs like us that if you graduate from a Scottish University you can get a 2 year fulltime VISA to work anywhere in the UK. Its a new program that just started.

Do you like living in the UK?

Well, mate, it beats livin in the Right Wing National Socialist Regime in the US. But the UK does have its flaws! i miss FOOTBALL....not bloody soccer. And 24 hours anything stores. here its jsut 24 hour fish and chips. And "rip-off" britain is a great nickname - everything costs more and u get less than what u get in America.

And finally - yeah Ireland has been promoting the "we need IT peeps" for ages - i didnt believe the Hype - thats why I came to the UK.

good luck!

10. Posted by gagnon (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

That's a pretty sweet deal Scotland has...maybe I'll have to check that out sometime down the line. Yeah I've been to England before and everything was wicked expensive. I think I could get into soccer if I lived over there.