How to emigrate to Ireland?
April 24, 2007 8:34 PM Subscribe
I want to live overseas for the summer, with an eye to emigrating, potentially. I am thinking of Ireland or maybe the UK. Please help by telling me about your experience if you were thinking about or did the same thing.
posted by cotterpin to society & culture (16 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I'm thinking about Ireland because I keep hearing great things about it and I get the impression it's less doomed than either the US or the UK (and being of Irish descent helps). But I do have friends in London too who I need to see. Basically, I want to visit for a few months at first, but I want to make sure that if I do decide I want to emigrate I can do so as easily as possible.
About me ... I am an american woman, software engineer, 29 years old. Recently most the ties in my life that keep me here just dissolved, and I'm feeling myself wanting to leave the States. I loved europe when I was there when I was in college, and I think my heart is just more continential than american. I think I should try going for it. Any of you with a similar wanderlust have any advice?
About work -- I will not be actively looking for work, but I would like to know where I stand if opportunities that present themselves. I know it's common here that if I mention I'm in IT, someone replies that they are hiring. Can I do this on a passport without running afoul of immigration laws? (I believe this might be a no-no in the US). I know I will qualify for a permit for both Ireland and the UK, but I don't want to commit to working there yet -- so how does this work?
Should I just not worry about the job thing at all and just go for 2-3 months and figure it out when I get back?