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Living in Ireland

The information contained in this section is provided for US citizens living in Ireland or considering long term residency. We also recommend visiting the Irish website that contains valuable information for all public services and entitlements in Ireland. 

  • Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (INIS) provides information regarding entry requirements to Ireland, visas, and all other immigration matters for Ireland. Please be advised that the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (INIS) recently launched an online appointment service for customers seeking re-entry visas for Ireland. This new service will allow customers seeking re-entry visas to book online appointments at a time that suits them, before travelling to the re-entry Visa Public Office at Burgh Quay, Dublin 2. You can make an appointment via this link: For more information, please visit the INIS website here.
  • IMPORTANT Issues with entering Ireland for volunteering purposes: The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizen travelers of immigration issues when entering Ireland to conduct volunteer work. Several websites offering free room and board in return for assistance with various day-to-day duties (farming, childcare, cleaning etc.) are not considered to be on a voluntary basis by Irish Immigration and are not permitted on a tourist stay. If your intention is to receive a gain or reward, i.e. any payment or benefit such as board and lodging or goods (e.g. food, clothing and services), then you are not considered to be a volunteer. For further information on what type of work permit may be obtained to complete this type of work, please contact the Irish Embassy in Washington D.C. or the closest Irish consulate in the United States or visit the Irish Immigration website at