Here is some really great first hand advice/tips from Carl who came all the way from Australia to Ireland on a working holiday. Thanks Carl for the write up
So, let’s assume that you’ve arrived in Ireland, you’ve registered with GNIB/INIS, and now you’re on the hunt for a job. Let’s also assume that you’ve then been lucky enough to have a real Irish person offer you a job. Time to get a Personal Public Service Number (PPS Number) so you avoid getting taxed incorrectly/too much.
A PPS Number is a unique number that sets you apart from a generic tourist and enables you to access (some of) the government services that ordinary Irish residents can. We’re talking things like social welfare and public healthcare**.
** it’s worth noting that Ireland and Australia have a reciprocal healthcare agreement (see this page for more information) so, if I understand correctly, any Australian visitor – WHA or not – can access emergency hospital treatment/prescription drugs in Ireland as if they were an Irish resident. But, if you’re on a WHA, you’ll…
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