Finding a job in the Republic of Ireland

One of the major parts of the Surinder Singh route is that you need to be economically active.  This means that you are required to either work for an employer, or be a self employed person.

Finding a job in the Republic of Ireland is therefore one of your main priorities – although it is not essential for the first three months of residence.

EEA Nationals

You are entitled to be treated just like an Irish national when you apply for any job in Ireland.  You are free to apply for any job vacancy, including jobs in the public sector. These include jobs in the Irish army and the Irish police force (An Garda Síochána), but not the Irish diplomatic service.

Non-EEA Nationals

In general non-EEA nationals (apart from some exceptions) must have a employment permit to work in Ireland.  One of the exceptions is that Persons with permission to remain as spouse or a dependent of an Irish/EEA national do not require a work permit.  Note: If you applied for a visa to join your EU spouse, you will therefore fall into this category and not require a work permit.  You are not required to wait for your EEA National family member to work before you can start employment.  This is because for the first three months of residence, there are not any conditions for the EEA National to be a qualified person.

Some of the most popular jobs to find in Ireland are:

It is worth printing off a ton of CV’s and covering letters to these types of companies to just have a walk around town and hand them in.  It might also be worth taking a look on Google to find some email addresses and applying for jobs before you leave for Ireland.

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