Working Holiday Ireland

Entry 4: Immigration Registration – ‘GNIB’, ‘INIS’ and what to do

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

An Australian's guide to a Working Holiday Authorisation/Visa in Ireland

Introduction

Assuming (hoping) that you’ve managed to choose a destination and secure a bed to sleep in upon arrival, the first step in setting yourself up on the Emerald Isle is to register your arrival – in person – with Ireland’s immigration department. Weirdly, there are two branches of the immigration ‘department’ that you can register with – firstly, the ‘Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service’ (INIS), and secondly, the Garda National Immigration Bureau’ (GNIB)‘.The one that’ll be relevant to you – as a WHA-holder wanting to register with ‘immigration’ – depends on where you want to live.

(INIS is a sub-department of the Department of Justice and Equality, and oversees general asylum, immigration and citizenship matters, whereas GNIB is basically the immigration enforcement arm of the police force (the Irish police force is called ‘An Garda Síochána’, or ‘the Gards’)).

If you want to live in the…

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Working Holiday Ireland

Entry 5: Getting a job (and getting paid/changing jobs)

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

An Australian's guide to a Working Holiday Authorisation/Visa in Ireland

There’s no secret to getting a job in Ireland, so I won’t bother writing a long blog post about it. I spent my time working in hospitality, so it was simply a matter of printing a bunch of resumes and walking into pubs/cafes/restaurants/hotels and asking for a job. As is the case with most/all hospitality jobs, you’ll probably have to do a trial shift, which sucks, but it’s all part of it. Work hard, have a good attitude and it’ll all work out.

One thing I will say is that AS SOON AS YOU GET A JOB OFFER, you’ll want to sort out getting a PPS Number (see next post), so you minimise the rate at which you get taxed on the income you earn in your new job. I’ll explain more in the next couple of posts, but basically if you start work without having a PPS…

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Working Holiday Ireland

Entry 6: Getting a PPS Number

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

An Australian's guide to a Working Holiday Authorisation/Visa in Ireland

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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Working Holiday Ireland

Entry 7: Registering yourself/your first job with Revenue (the Tax Department)

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

An Australian's guide to a Working Holiday Authorisation/Visa in Ireland

The idea of confronting/negotiating a foreign tax system seemed fairly overwhelming to me when I started working, but the good news is that – in hindsight – it’s actually not too difficult to get your head around. (Before I get stuck into this post, when I say ‘Revenue’, I mean ‘the Irish Tax Department’.)

In short, all you (as an employee who has got your first job) need to worry about – in order to comply with your tax obligations – is to:

  1. Register online for the Revenue ‘myAccount’ service (in other words, to register for ‘Revenue online services’); and
  2. Once registered for the ‘myAccount’ service, enter the details of your first job on the online ‘myAccount’ portal – importantly, you’ll need your employer’s Tax Registration Number to do this.

After these two steps, you should be taxed the ‘correct’* amount by your employer. But let’s go through those…

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Working Holiday Ireland

Entry 8: Expectation v Reality (the process so far)

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

An Australian's guide to a Working Holiday Authorisation/Visa in Ireland

Time to take a breather. Well done for making it this far into what some might call the world’s most boring blog. Let’s see how we’re going so far:

In an ideal world, the process of getting a job, getting a PPS Number and registering yourself and your new job details with Revenue would run like this:

Get job offer → Get PPS Number→ Tell employer PPS Number → Register yourself and then your job with Revenue online → Start work → Be taxed the correct amount by employer from your first day onwards.

However, in the real world, things (for me and most other WHA holders I met working in Ireland) ran like this:

Do trial shift → Get job offer → Start work → Be taxed the ‘emergency’ (ie. higher) amount by employer because you haven’t got a PPS Number yet and therefore haven’t registered yourself or your job with Revenue…

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