It is currently Tue 16 Oct 2018 11:50 GMT
Change font size

    Latest Message from British Expat:

  • Five questions about Ghana – Quick Quiz
    The cradle of the Ashanti Empire and known to mediaeval European explorers as the Gold Coast, Ghana was the first country in Western Africa to achieve independence. But how much do you know about it?

UK Legislation

Can I live/work in Ireland?

This forum is for all the aspects of UK law that may affect expats - tax, social security, health, pensions, citizenship etc.

Can I live/work in Ireland?

Postby DualMan » Sat 14 Jun 2014 19:57 GMT


Second forum post in one evening!

I have a rather unique question to ask regarding my British passport. To cut a long story short I naturalised as a British citizen in the Channel Islands and because I don't have any family ties to the UK I have the following stamp in my passport:

holder is not entitled to benefit from European Community Provisions
relating to employment or establishment

What this means is that I can't live/work in the EU unless I spend 5yrs in the UK first (this removes this restriction). Technically I have what is called Islander Status:

The above makes sense to me but there is one question I am battling to find an answer to. I may at some stage want to live/work in the Republic of Ireland (NOT Northern Island).

So the question is, can I live/work in the Republic of Ireland despite this stamp in my passport?

After hours of research online I think the answer is yes because Ireland, the UK, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands form part of the Common Travel Area (CTA).

So can I live/work in Ireland or do I need a work permit?

I've contacted the Irish immigration officials but they haven't come back to me yet and its been months!
Reminder: Premium Membership is required for access to private messages. Sign up now!
Posted by:
Free member
Posts: 5
Joined: Sat 14 Jun 2014 16:01 GMT

Postby Dave » Sat 14 Jun 2014 23:20 GMT

I'm not a lawyer but, as far as I understand it, you're right - as a British Citizen (even an Islander) you're not regarded as a foreigner under Irish law. (And vice versa. Ireland's unique in being regarded under British law as neither a foreign country nor a Commonwealth one.)
British Newspapers Online - your handy guide to the UK's national, regional and local press!
ErgoGuides - Great travel and business eBooks from British Expat!
Posted by:
User avatar
Site Admin
Posts: 7260
Joined: Tue 21 Jan 2003 15:04 GMT
Location: Currently UK

Return to UK Legislation