How to Move to Ireland From Australia

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Moving to Ireland is a relatively simple process for most Australians.
Moving to Ireland is a relatively simple process for most Australians. (Image: Ireland flag icon. (with clipping path) image by Andrey Zyk from Fotolia.com)

Moving to Ireland from Australia may seem like a daunting task, as the countries are thousands of miles away from one another. Fortunately, there are many cultural similarities. The rules for Australians moving to Ireland are not as strict as with some non–European Union (EU) countries, and if you're an Australian of Irish descent, you should be able to obtain an Irish passport.

Things You'll Need

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Parent's birth certificate (if applicable)
  • Ancestry documentation (if applicable)
  • Work permit (if applicable)
  • Garda National Immigration Bureau application (if applicable)

Australians are not required to apply for an Irish visa prior to entering the country.

Entry visas are unnecessary for Australians moving to Ireland.
Entry visas are unnecessary for Australians moving to Ireland. (Image: passport approval image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

Check if you are entitled to an Irish passport. Many Australians are second-generation Irish. If one parent is Irish-born, the child can obtain dual citizenship. Send your birth certificate, parent's birth certificate and parent's civil marriage certificate to the local Irish embassy or consulate. Claiming Irish citizenship by descent, if your parents were not born in Ireland, is also possible.

Documentation of Irish ancestry is extremely useful.
Documentation of Irish ancestry is extremely useful. (Image: birth marriage and death image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com)

If you cannot claim dual citizenship and wish to work in Ireland, apply for a work permit. On arrival in Ireland, there must be a job waiting for you and you must stay in that job for at least 12 months.

Having a job in place is necessary to obtain a work permit.
Having a job in place is necessary to obtain a work permit. (Image: great job image by DXfoto.com from Fotolia.com)

Apply for a Garda National Immigration Bureau, or GNIB, card as soon as you can on arrival in Ireland. This is necessary if you are planning to stay in Ireland more than 90 days. All non-EU and non–European Economic Area citizens, excluding Swiss nationals, must apply for this card. These can be obtained from GNIB headquarters in Dublin.

The Garda are Ireland's police force; they enforce immigration rules.
The Garda are Ireland's police force; they enforce immigration rules. (Image: agents de la garda a dublin image by Geoffrey Métais from Fotolia.com)

After living in Ireland for at least five years, apply for long-term residency. A spouse who has been a resident of Ireland for the requisite five years can also apply. Citizenship can be conferred by naturalization after one year's permanent residency and a total of four years in the preceding eight years.

Becoming an Irish citizen is just a matter of time.
Becoming an Irish citizen is just a matter of time. (Image: irish image by Richard Seeney from Fotolia.com)

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