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7 Things to Think About if You’re Moving Abroad

January 2017 Information Leaflet

What do I need to think about if I am emigrating? Be prepared 

Do as much preparation as possible before you go. Check out government and other local websites in your country of destination – many government sites have information for newly arrived immigrants



Buy a return ticket so you can come home if things don’t work out. Remember if you are visiting some countries you may not be admitted without a return ticket



Check out immigrant organisations or Irish organisations in your chosen destination. They will have information for newly arrived immigrants which will include lists of employment agencies and companies



Check online for job vacancies and local rent prices so you‘ll know what to expect

Bring your essential documents 

Ensure that you have the correct documentation → Valid passport (machine-readable if going to the USA) → Birth certificate → Appropriate visa if required – i.e. student / work / residence visa



Bring evidence of your qualifications → Certificate / diplomas / degrees → Trades qualifications → References from employers → Drivers licence



Bring an up to date CV

Bring sufficient funds – but don’t carry a lot of cash  Make sure you can use your Irish bank cards in your chosen country of destination. Ask your nearest branch before you go  Try to use credit cards, ATM cards and travellers cheques rather than cash  Bring sufficient funds to support yourself until you find a job and try and have access to money for unplanned or unexpected circumstances  Get an idea of the cost of living where you are going – see www.expatistan.com/cost-ofliving

7 Things to Think About if You’re Moving Abroad Crosscare Migrant Project – January 2017 www.migrantproject.ie

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Get travel and medical insurance if you can 

If you are going to an EU country get a European Health Insurance Card from your local Health Office – see www.ehic.ie for details



Get travel insurance if you are going outside the EU

Have some contacts for where you are going 

Bring contact details for family or friends in your country of destination



Get contact details of your nearest immigrant organisation or Irish organisation



Bring any contacts you have on accommodation and jobs



Before you leave, register your contact details with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Citizen’s Register at www.dfa.ie/travel/citizens-registration/



Make sure you have contact details for your nearest Irish Embassy/Consulate in case you need emergency assistance

Don’t travel without… 

The appropriate documents. If you don’t have a work permission or the right visa you could be facing a jail sentence or deportation



An entry or work visa if it is required



Medical prescriptions and medical records if you need regular medication or have an existing medical condition

Don’t forget… 

Give yourself time to adjust. Things are different than in Ireland and adapting to new systems and ways is an essential part of living in a different country. Read about the experiences of other recent Irish emigrants at www.mindhowyougo.ie



Try to learn the local language and study the culture



Be confident in your own skills and education



Bring as much ID with you as possible



Leave a copy of your planned itinerary with family or friends in Ireland in case they need to contact you in an emergency



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