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Find out more relocating to Ireland as a doctor including information about visas and work permits, cost of living, and top tips to help you settle into life and work in Ireland.
Perched on the northwest tip of Europe, Ireland has breath-taking scenery to explore, ancient myths to uncover and locals who are renowned for their friendly charm and more than happy to help you discover the hidden gems of their country.
Ireland enjoys a mild, but changeable, climate which is moderated by the Gulf Stream. Its coastal beauty, Lakelands and rural landscapes are breath-taking and its long history and cultural heritage reveals a passion for music, dance and of course conversation, found in abundance in Ireland’s many pubs and restaurants.
Ireland’s capital city is Dublin and it is an EU member state, using the Euro currency. The economy of Ireland has transformed in recent years from an agricultural focus to one dependent on trade, industry and investment.
Ireland is a great place to live and work. Its laid back lifestyle and excellent links to the UK and Europe attract all kinds of healthcare professionals from many countries around the world.
Global Medics can help you secure locum, contract or permanent doctor jobs in Ireland. We help you with local registration, and smooth the process of settling in and working in the region.
Before you arrive into Ireland, you will need to have:
If you’re looking to relocate to a city, some of the popular cities include Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford.
If you’re looking for a more rural location, some of the smaller more scenic counties include Donegal, Sligo, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Kerry, Wexford, Offaly and Meath.
A variety of transport options are available. You can arrange car rental on arrival but you must hold a credit card in your name and a driving licence in the same name. You can also travel by bus and train across Ireland.
To help you settle in to your local area, we will put you in touch with a doctor who has already made the move to Ireland. Where possible, we will find a doctor of the same nationality or specialty.
Remember to provide the following documents when you sign up with us:
A work permit is not usually required if:
However, if you do not fit into either of the above categories, you will need a work permit. An application for a work permit can be made by either the employer or the employee. The following documentation must be supplied:
Note: Your passport must be in date and valid for at least three months after the proposed expiry date of the work permit.
Finally, remember that some nationalities need entry visas in addition to work permits. An entry visa entitles the holder to enter the country, not to work. To check if you need an entry visa email email@example.com or contact us.
We can help you to open an offshore bank account with Barclays Bank, or an onshore account with AIB or Ulster Bank. Simply request an application form and we’ll include it in your welcome pack.
If you apply for an account on arrival in Ireland it will be open when you start your new job and ready for us to deposit your first week’s salary. You will need to complete the application form and supply us with a copy of your passport and three months recent bank statements (originals). We will supply a reference letter and instructions to the bank.
We have compiled data on an average consultant doctor’s salary and the cost of living in Ireland compared to other countries around the world.
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