This entry isn’t so much of a detailed post, but basically a list of the steps required – at least in my case – to set oneself up in Ireland. Don’t worry if none of these steps makes sense right now, the next few entries will expand on each one of them and explain them in far more detail. But for now, to prepare your brain for an onslaught of detail, below is a list of what steps are required – and the order in which you need to do them – to set yourself up in Ireland on a WHA…
- Register with Irish immigration (Entry 4);
- Get a job (Entry 5);
- Get a Personal Public Service (PPS) number (Entry 6);
- Once you have a job, registering yourself and your job with ‘Revenue’ (the Irish tax department) (Entry 7)
- Get a bank account* (Entry 9).
I’ve also included posts that summarise the Irish tax system and provide an overview of your various tax obligations when you start, change and finish jobs. I’ve also included a small post outlining how to file a Tax Return and what to do when you leave Ireland.
One ultra important assumption that I have made in this blog is that you have managed to find a place to live. The last couple of paragraphs of Entry 2 touched on the steps that I took (and sites/Facebook pages I used) to find myself permanent/any accommodation before I arrived in Galway, but I haven’t written any more about the house-hunting process. Nonetheless, here is a short summary of my house-hunting experiences after arrival in Galway:
- 2 weeks after getting to Galway I met a girl through the Couchsurfing app who offered me her room when she moved out;
- the landlord wanted to move back into that place after a few months, so I found a short-term lease for a room on daft.ie; and
- once that short-term lease ran out, a friend offered me a spare room at his sharehouse, which I was in until my departure.
*the reason that I put opening a bank account last is because Irish banks generally don’t allow you to open an account without pretty significant proof of your address. The proof of address that banks require will generally be a letter from a government department or bank, or a utility bill in your name. As you may guess (and will see from reading), these documents are not possible to get unless you’ve actually had dealings with each of these bodies, which won’t have happened if you’ve just moved! Don’t worry about this for now, I’ll explain all this in more depth in later posts.