Dreaming of Moving to Ireland? Here’s What You Need to Know If You’re American

updated Feb 6, 2024
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Because of the work-from-home push of the pandemic, many folks have transitioned to working remotely, creating makeshift workplaces at home and beyond. It’s a shift that has afforded flexibility as people trade cubicles for a different view of the world.

Whether your job has gone fully remote or you’re otherwise at a point in life where you want a change in scenery, such as retirement, Ireland fits the bill nicely if you crave a laid-back lifestyle in a gorgeous landscape filled with history. Plus, there’s the added benefit of being in an American-friendly country that speaks English. So, if you’re considering heading overseas as an expat, here are answers to a few frequently asked questions about moving to Ireland from the U.S.

Moving to Ireland from the U.S.? Here’s what’s possible 

The pandemic slowed travel to Ireland from the United States, but plenty of flights are still available for those who wish to move to the Emerald Isle. Before heading across the pond, it’s best to consult current travel requirements, but it is possible for an American to move to Ireland.

To enter the country, you’ll need a current passport, and if you intend on staying longer than 90 days, you will need to obtain permission and documentation from Irish officials. You’ll need to do this prior to heading to Ireland as you most likely will have to present these proofs upon entry.

“For Americans looking to stay in Ireland over 90 days, you will need a long-term stay ‘D visa,’” says former Dublin resident Janelle Axton, “and if you are looking to work in Ireland, you will need to apply for an employment permit.” You will also need to secure a PPS (Personal Public Service) number to acquire a driver’s license, pay taxes, and get a job in Ireland.

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How much money do you need to move to Ireland?

The amount of money you’ll need to move depends on the purpose of your stay. If you plan on immigrating to Ireland, you’ll have to prove that you have an individual income of €50,000 (roughly $55,500) and access to an emergency fund to cover any unexpected expenses. Also, be prepared as living in Ireland is more expensive than living in most other European countries.

To find housing, Axton suggests searching sites like daft.ie, to calculate rent or to consider purchasing a property. “The average cost of renting in Ireland is about €1,300/month,” she advises. “There are no restrictions for non-residents who wish to buy a home in Ireland.” However, note that owning property in the country does not mean that you gain residency.

Can I move to Ireland without a job?

Although Americans can move to Ireland without having a job, you will still need to prove that you can support yourself while living in the country, even if you intend to secure employment after you arrive. Of course, it’s also possible to retire in Ireland, but you will still need to provide the same documentation showing you have sufficient funds to support yourself while you’re in there.

The easiest way to move to Ireland without a job would be to join an existing family who lives there or apply for Irish citizenship, based on your country of birth or ancestry. From there, you must pass the pre-clearance stage and go on from there.