I am moving to Ireland with a holiday-maker visa in October and was wondering if anyone had any experience in opening a bank account or getting a Visa Card there.
Also, what is the best way to convert and move my money from my savings account in Canada to a new account in Ireland?
to open an account you'll need valid id - passport or driving license, proof of address - normally a household bill or a letter from an employer, the issuing of a visa is dependent on the balance in your account , your wages & your credit history... once the account is open you could transfer the money either through internet banking or electronic banking, its quite an easy process
opening a bank account in Ireland is a hard process. You need a bill showing address and a PRSI number (like a tax file number) as well as ID. Of course you often need to live somewhere for a while to get a bill and you need a job to get paid to live somewhere so the system is a bit Irish!!! When we opened an account in Ireland we needed my partner's employer to vouch for us which was the only way we could open one straight away.
Only a couple of weeks ago on Travellerspoint someone else asked this question so if you look back through the threads you will find more information on this.
With regard to getting a visa, this is pretty easy to do surprisingly. Once you have a bank account and money in it you will be able to open one.
To transfer money overseas you can do a telegraphic transfer through the bank. The internet is also a good option, but not all banks have this as an option. Only other option is to draw it all out and then deposit it in Ireland at the current exchange rate.