With basically no savings I had to get a job, quick. And I got one. I always said I was going to go work and live somewhere outside of the safe boarders of Sweden after I got my degree and honestly I didn't see any reason to change those plans. I applied to three jobs on Ireland and a couple of other places in Europe. One of the companies in Ireland got back to me right away and I went through the interview process in about 2 days and ended up with a job offer that I accepted right away.
I was, and still am, excited. But I've now realized how hard it can be to move from one country to another. I'm a Swedish citizen, which also means I'm an EU citizen which saves me a lot of trouble with visas and such. But moving to another country still poses quite a few problems. Need to write down my thoughts regarding those and if you have any advice, maybe you've done the same thing or maybe you live in Ireland.
I need somewhere to live
The most basic of needs. I need to find a place to live in a city I know nothing about. The first week or so shouldn't be a problem. The company I'll start working for will reimburse me for up to 1250 euro so I'll most likely get a hotel room.
The problem is more "where do I want to live"? I know the address to where I will be working, but what areas are decent to live in? I've accepted I can't afford a even a studio apartment right away, due to me having to pay back some old debts in Sweden. The whole renting a room thing feels a bit foreign to me, but according to the information pamphlet I was sent it's quite common for people to do this sort of house sharing in Ireland?
The tax and PPS number
Forms. Forms everywhere. That's what it feels like. The basic system isn't that hard, you just pay 20% tax on everything you earn up to a certain point and after that it's 41%. But here's the problem: you need a PPS number to apply to be able to pay tax, but to get a PPS number you need to live in Ireland. And by that they mean something more permanent then a hotel, which I will be staying in the first time. Now I'll most likely arrive in Ireland the Wednesday before I start (the job starts on a Monday) but I don't think 2½ days will be enough to secure a more permanent home and that means I'll start work without the required paperwork really being done. And getting a PPS number takes up to 10 days which means I could have some problems tax wise unless I find a more permanent home within a week.
A bank account
To be able to live in Ireland I need an Irish bank account. The problem is basically the same as me getting a PPS number: I need to have a more permanent living arrangement then a hotel. To get that I need to be in Ireland. And I don't really feel comfortable going somewhere without having a bank account, having to carry all my money on me.
As I said earlier I have basically no savings to live off for the first time. The company will reimburse me for about 1200 euros, but that's after I can show them some receipts which means I'll have to pay out of pocket at first. Also in Sweden you get paid a month after the working period if that makes any sense. Basically it means this: the company has a period, say from the 20th of month 1 to the 20th month 2. The hours you put in during this period is paid out to you on the 25th of month 3. This would mean I would get my first salary at the end of March. If Ireland has the same system that's two months of basically living off my non-existing savings. So that's a problem I need to address.
Most of these problems will solve themselves, I know that. I guess I'm just nervous for moving so far from everything I know. Do you have experience with moving to another country? Maybe you moved to Dublin from another country? In that case I'd love to hear some stories of how you managed.