Being an expat in Ireland


Ireland is a great country for expats. All the big US Americans are here. That’s why it is also known as the European version of Sillicon Valley. For example the Headquarter of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Dell, VMware, Kingston, Intel, Adobe, Symantic, Airbnb etc. just to name a few. Ireland also uses € Euros as a currency, but North Ireland uses £ British pounds, because only North Ireland is part of the UK, so Brexit only effects them. Please keep that in mind for visa issues later on.

Because I’m a German citizen, I don’t need any visa or work permit. It’s like I’m working in my home country, which is very convenient and it saves money, but as an EU citizen, you also have to do some paperwork. You just have to apply for the PPS number and Bank account. It has to be an Irish Bank account, not any EU Bank account, which requires you a little bit more paperwork. In order to get the PPS number, you have to provide your passport, ID and evidence of address. A tenancy agreement can be regarded as proof of evidence. Please bear in mind, that the opening hours of such authority is only during normal Business hours, which means, it is recommended to apply for the PPS number before your start date. In order to open a bank account you have to provide your passport and your PPS number. That is basically it. Same like local citizen.

Tax in Ireland is more straight forward than in Germany. If your salary is below 32 800€, the tax will be 20%. If it is above this limit, it will be 40%. For example the net salary of annually 32 000€ is the same like 37 000€ in Germany. Actually you can not compare it like this way, because the health insurance in Germany is pretty, so you do not  need a private health insurance. So it is like you get, what you paid for. Having a private health in Germany is most of the case just a status symbol like having a fancy car.

Although Ireland is part of the EU, it uses a British socket, which is quite confusing.

British socket

So do not forget to take an adapter with you. There are quite many Brazilians, which is surprising, when I arrived there. In Germany I have not met any of them. From what I have heard from them, it is easier to get an Irish visa and you are allowed to work part time while studying English, which is similar to Germany. I also noticed, that there are more US American tourists than Australian tourists. In Budapest there are almost only Australian tourists. Very interesting …

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