Moving is stressful enough; moving for work introduces a whole new level of intensity. Whether you have secured a job in Kerry already, or you are moving here in search of work, you’ll need to get a lot of things squared away before you put down that “Welcome” mat. Make things easier for yourself by following our simple guide:
Check Visa Requirements
If you’re moving to Kerry from another country, you’ll need to find out what documentation is required to live and work in Ireland. You won’t need a visa, for example, if you are a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA), which includes EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.
If you come from outside the EEA, and you plan to live in Ireland longer than three months, you will need a D-visa. This entitles you to travel to Ireland to pursue study, work, or settle permanently in Ireland with family members who are already residents. (You can get more information from your local Irish embassy or consulate).
If you are applying for a visa, you will need to have a job lined up beforehand. Your chances of securing a visa are better the higher the salary.
Find a Job
You may have been attracted to Kerry by the surfing (or a surfer!), but you’ll need an income if you want to stay there. Kerry is developing into a vibrant hub for science, technology, and engineering jobs, but if you or your partner are in search of a different career path, there is a wide selection of work opportunities available in the Kerry region in finance, marketing, retail and hospitality. You can also avail of a wide range of supports if you wish to start your own business.
Find a Place to Live
You may have done this already, particularly if you are moving because your spouse or partner has found a job in Kerry. The main property websites in Ireland are Daft.ie, MyHome.ie and Property.ie, each of which lists houses and apartments for sale and rent nationwide. Your employer may be able to supply a list of local properties. Don’t be confused by the description “to let”—it simply means “for rent.”
Ask about Financial Relocation Assistance
Some people feel uncomfortable asking new or prospective employers about financial assistance for moving. No company is going to retract an offer of employment because you asked them about paying moving expenses. If it is too awkward to raise the topic, or you don’t want to make yourself a less attractive option than local candidates competing for the position, then don’t ask. Once you’ve got the job in the bag, however, there’s no harm in asking for relocation assistance.
Keep Track of Costs
Once you’ve started the process of getting ready to move to Kerry, you need to start keeping track of all your move-related costs. One reason is so you can give your employer a realistic figure if they are providing relocation assistance. Even if they aren’t, tracking your moving expenses will help you decide what you can afford to buy now and what you can put off purchasing until later.
Your list of expenses should include:
- moving company costs
- packing boxes
- cost of travelling to Kerry
- accommodation costs en route (if applicable)
- cost of redirecting post to your new address
- additional grocery costs for stocking your new kitchen
- other essentials (think towels, bedding, cleaning supplies etc.)
Book a Moving Service
Peak moving season is summer, so if you are planning to move during the months of June, July, and August. The shoulder months of May and September are also quite busy. To be on the safe side, book your movers at least four weeks in advance. For less busy months of the year, two weeks may be sufficient notice, but a good rule of thumb is to book the movers as far in advance as you can. You’ll have a better choice of times and dates the earlier you book.
Find a moving company with international experience and look at their policies on securing and insuring your property in transit. Remember, you may save money by packing items yourself, but the moving company may not provide insurance coverage for damage on any items you pack. You may also need to enquire about storage, if you’re moving to temporary accommodation for a while.
It’s time for a fresh start, so go through all your belongings with a ruthless eye. Do you really need to lug your entire wardrobe half-way around the world? Probably not. Sort your discarded items into what can be resold in charity shops, recycled, and sent to landfill. It will save you money on moving services too.
If you are bringing your pet with you from overseas, you will need to meet strict criteria. Ireland is a rabies-free country and wants to stay that way, so the the importation of pets is highly regulated. An EU Pet Passport allows you to bring up to five cats, dogs or ferrets from another EU member state. Non-EU states are categorised as either high- or low-risk, with pets from high-risk non-EU countries needing a blood test.
Get a PPS Number
One of your first priorities when you arrive in Ireland to live should be to get your Personal Public Service (PPS) number. This unique reference number allows you to work and avail of a range of government benefits and public services. The Kerry PPS number allocation centre is in Tralee. They will take your photo when you apply, so be prepared!
Citizens of EEA countries and Switzerland will just need a current, valid passport. If you do not belong to this category, however, you will need a current valid passport or in-date 1951 Travel Document, as well as proof of address in Ireland; i.e. a document that includes both your name and address. Accepted forms include:
- A household utility bill
- An official letter/document
- A financial statement
- Property lease or tenancy agreement
- Confirmation of address from a third party such as the owner of your accommodation or property
When you get your PPS number, you will receive a Public Services Card, which you will need for a range of services, including the driving theory test (see below).
Driving in Ireland
You may be able to exchange your driving licence for an Irish one. Check out the National Driver Licence Service to find out. Otherwise, you will need to complete a driving test in Ireland. Before you take the driving test, you will have to complete a theory test. You will need a Public Services Card before you can apply for the theory test.
If you are bringing your car in from overseas, you will generally have to pay Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) and register the vehicle. Car owners in Ireland pay motor tax, and you must also get car insurance. If your car is left-hand drive, you will find it difficult to insure, so your best bet is to go through an insurance broker.
Connect to all essential services
When you arrive in Ireland, you will want to get settled straightaway. Here are some of the things you’ll want to get sorted immediately:
- Phone & Wi-Fi
- Rubbish collection
- Local clubs/sports/parent & toddler groups etc.
Your local post office is a mine of information. If there’s none near you, try Citizens Information. You’ll find a wealth of useful details on topics relevant to you.
Get Ready to Go
When you are focusing all your energy on a new life overseas (or down the country), it’s all too easy to forget about what you need to take care of at home. Make a list of all the services you need to cancel or switch before you leave.
We’re talking gas, electricity, TV, internet, health insurance, financial institutions, subscriptions—you need to spend a day or two thinking of every service and provider you use and starting the process of cancelling them.
Even if you have months to go, you can start packing away items that you won’t need for a while. Leave any items you will need in your first days in Kerry until last. Put them where you can easily access when you arrive. We’re talking toiletries, a few work outfits—whatever will make life easier when you arrive confused and disoriented in your new life.
Make New Friends
When you move to Kerry, don’t waste any time developing a new social network. If you’re joining a big Kerry employer, you’ll have a ready-made collection of people with whom you have something in common, but maybe you’re joining a startup or you’re establishing your own company or you just want to widen the net.
You may find that your current network has Kerry contacts who would be only delighted to meet up for a coffee or go to a football match with you.
What about your hobbies? Do you like to run? Join a local club and meet people who could become lifelong buddies. Even if you’re a bit of an introvert, get into the habit of saying yes. It’s not only good for your social life, it could also benefit your professional life as well.
Find Out Where Everything Is
You don’t want to be late for your first day at work, so make sure you know exactly how long it will take you to get there beforehand. Fortunately for you, commute times in Kerry are shorter than in other urban areas, but you still need to account for traffic jams, so do a dry run in advance.
You’ll also need to explore the area and find out the best places to buy your food and get your dry cleaning done—not to mention your new local.