So its official – John and I are moving to Ireland.
We are very excited and nervous for our new adventure and for a fresh start in a new place.
We made this decision as we have both always aimed to live in a new country and since John is a EU National, Ireland seemed to be one of the easier moves with the least amount of paper work. Ireland does not require South Africans to have a visa when visiting. This also made our decision slightly better as I would be able to come in and out of the country without much difficulty while I would be waiting for my Permanent residence.
Initially we were deciding between the U.K and Australia. We quickly learned that Australia was not an option for our situation as my career field was not on the critical skills list and John had just graduated, meaning that he did not have enough work experience to allow him to be sponsored.
The U.K would surprisingly be the most difficult route for us to take, even though John is a British Citizen. The rules and regulations for a UK citizen to bring a spouse over is absolutely absurd.
So as you can see, Ireland was the best decision for us.
Blogging about our adventure:
Over the next few months I will be writing a series of blogs about our immigration process, life as an immigrant, discovering Ireland, etc…
If you or anyone you know is doing a similar move as us and you have any questions or advice, please contact me. I would love to hear from you! 🙂
For Now, here are a few websites and links that helped us along the way:
- This link will help you get all the legal information that you need. It was very helpful with determining the exact requirements for our move.
- There are also a number of forums that were extremely helpful. This gives you a chance to read other people’s personal experiences. This can be scary as I found that most people who use these forums are the stories of failed attempts and desperate people looking for advice due to their unsuccessful applications. My advice is to use these forums to gain knowledge but also remember that most success stories are not posted on the forums. Don’t let them scare you into not making the decision that is right for you.
On a positive note – some inspiration for Ireland:
- Absolutely loved this article – https://lovindublin.com/best-of/27-reasons-you-should-move-to-live-in-ireland-right-now
- A bit of realism and what to expect from life in Ireland – http://www.thejournal.ie/how-good-is-life-in-ireland-461764-May2012/
- An insider approach – http://ladyofawesome.com/things-you-should-know-when-moving-to-ireland-that-no-one-really-tells-you-about/