Dublin is a welcoming place and there are tons of reasons to live here. Luckily, new arrivals from many countries won’t need an Irish visa to move here or an Irish driving licence to drive here. For those that do require them, following official procedures doesn’t have to be a headache. The process is actually pretty straightforward, but you’ll have to do some paperwork.

However, if you do encounter any problems along the way, there are plenty of resources and organisations that can help. Many employers, universities and colleges in Dublin have staff who can assist with visa applications.

It’s also a good idea to bookmark the Citizen’s Information website. This is a publicly funded resource which provides reliable information on everything from airport security through to Irish law. Then, there’s the Department of Justice’s Irish immigration website. This features a calculator for checking your eligibility for residence in Ireland, as well as updates on the latest visa decisions.

But, for now, we’ll provide you with an introduction to organising a visa, getting on the road in Ireland and dealing with Dublin’s local authorities.

Check out the articles below for more information on the city’s essential official procedures.

Council street cleaning vehicle on O'Connell Street Dublin


What do Dublin’s local authorities do?

Dublin has four local authorities, which provide a host of services that make the city a great place to live. Each authority provides the same essential services. They just serve different areas of the city. We’re going to take a look at some of the essential municipal services these four authorities provide throughout the city. So if you’ve ever wondered what local authorities in Dublin do, keep reading. Alternatively, you can find out more about each one by visiting their individual websites: Dublin City Council

visa application being approved


A guide to Irish immigration visas

Ireland is a fairly welcoming country. Citizens of many countries don’t need an Irish visa to enter. But those that do need one should find the process simple and straightforward. The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) is in charge of providing permission to live, work and study in the Republic of Ireland. Here’s what you need to know. How to immigrate to Ireland F

A male and female engineer with goggles on a construction site making use of their critical skills in Ireland


Skilled worker immigration to Ireland

Tons of benefits come with living in Dublin. But, for immigrants with the most highly sought after skills, life in the city can come with some extra perks. To attract certain workers, Ireland offers Critical Skills Employment Permits. These permits offer preferential terms to those who can obtain one. Because demand for skilled workers is particularly high in Dublin, many of these skilled immigrants end up calling the city home. What drives skilled worker immigration to Ireland? For many, the appeal of moving to Dublin is about professional development. They may want to gain further experience in t

Irish driving licence


Getting a driving licence

Getting on the road in Ireland is relatively straightforward. You will, of course, need a licence. The NDLS is responsible for issuing driving licences in the Republic of Ireland. If you’ve got a vehicle, you’ll need to make sure that it’s taxed and insured too. Do I need to get an Irish driver’s licence? For EU & EEA licence holders Drivers with an EU or EEA member state licence need never change to an Irish licence. If they wish to exchange their licence for an Irish one, they need to do it within 10 years of their driver’s licence expiring. For other licence holders