Feeling the lure of the sea, of rolling green pastures that stretch for miles, of cozy little hamlets where you can belly up and grab a brew and a hearty meal while taking in the local color? Then Ireland just might be the place for you. A country steeped in tradition and history, Ireland is rapidly becoming a hot new place for professionals looking to relocate. The affordability of its neighborhoods and the appeal of its famously friendly inhabitants, combined with a vital arts community and vibrant nightlife, make it an ideal place to live and work. An added advantage: being just a hop, skip, and jump from mainland Europe. If you’re contemplating a move to the Emerald Isle, there are a number of companies willing and able to help you make the transition.
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1. Relocation Bureau
As a one-stop shop offering everything from orientation tours and document procurement to job search coaching and help with finding a home or lease, the Relocation Bureau does it all. Established in 1989, the Bureau staff has over 80 years combined experience in helping ex-pats to settle in. As one of Ireland’s leading relocation services, this award-winning company has a diverse and notable group of corporate clients, including Trinity College, Ireland’s leading university; telecommunications giant Ericsson; global healthcare leader MSD; and air service provider Aer Lingus.
Located in over 100 countries, relocation experts Irishrelo has been offering its expertise to clients for over 20 years. Irishrelo prides itself in offering a comprehensive range of services for professionals who want to live and work in Ireland. They can assist and serve as a guide through the process of obtaining visas and work permits, arranging tours and temporary accommodations, managing clients’ move, and more. Irishrelo’s impressive list of corporate clients includes Coca-Cola, Dell, and GM.
3. Celtic Relocations
As the longest running relocation service in Ireland, Celtic Relocations claims unrivaled knowledge and expertise in helping professionals live and work in Ireland. They offer a convenient single point of contact for everything, including pre-arrival planning consultations, neighborhood and school orientations, housing searches, property management, tax consulting, and more. Celtic Relocations is independently owned and operated in Cork, Ireland, and count Pfizer and RCI among its corporate clients.
4. Work in Ireland
As an inexpensive alternative to corporate relocation services, USIT is one of Ireland’s leading travel companies and offers programs to live and work in Ireland on a temporary basis. Through its Work in Ireland Program, you can send your résumé or CV for consideration for a variety of positions. USIT will help arrange accommodations, travel, and provide basic orientation for your Ireland work experience. Designed for young professionals and recent college grads, this program is a good ‘foot in the door’, giving you some practical experience and firsthand knowledge on what living in Ireland is like.
5. Citizens Information
Are you a do-it-yourself type? Then save yourself some money and try Citizens Information. As part of the Irish eGovernment initiative, this website is a clearinghouse of information on everything from consumer affairs and education to job training, housing searches, and taxes. It has an exhaustive list of search criteria, allowing you to do custom searches under the headings of “I am a (fill in the blank)” and “I want to (fill in the blank)”. The possibilities are practically endless in terms of what you can look for and gain information on before planning your big move.
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Part of being able to live and work successfully in another country is being prepared. Whether you contract a corporate service to help you plan and prepare or choose the less expensive, do-it-yourself route, having some idea of what lies ahead can help to reduce your stress and get settled into your new life faster.