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The above procedure roughly corresponds to that for people who require a visa to enter Ireland as a tourist. As a US citizen you dont. Therefore you can come to Ireland as a tourist and look for work. Then if you find a willing employer to employ you you can apply for a green card if your salary is above 30 000 and the offer is for 2+ years. You do not have to leave the country. However you cant do any job, its fairly specific. If the job pays more than 60 000 almost all jobs will qualify. There is still a work permit procedure for all other occupations, you still need to earn 30 000+ however a labour market needs test has to be done which takes 4 weeks before the application can be filed.Platinum wrote:Although technically it is possible, it's vaguely illegal, as you're not supposed to look for a job while on a tourist visa.
Which is not to say people don't do it. If you do find a job, however, you'd need a work visa. Your employer applies for one for you. To get a work visa, your employer has to prove to the government that they have advertised the job publicly for a certain length of time, and that no one in Ireland or the EU can fill the position (so no bar/waitressing/admin work, basically- you have to have a pretty rare or in demand skill set). You have to apply for this in your country of residence, so you'd have to go back home and wait for the work permit to come through. It's supposed to take 8-12 weeks to issue a work permit. Then, once you have it, you come to Ireland and present the permit at immigration.
This is if you want to do it legally. I have nothing to say about doing it illegally. Your friend may have told you there are a lot of non-EU nationals working there, but they may hold WHVs, or are spouses of work permit holders, or students who are allowed to work a certain number of hours.
Really? I was under the impression that, even on a visa waiver (which is what a US citizen comes into Ireland with), you're still here as a tourist and therefore shouldn't be looking for jobs. Of course, it's hard to prove that you are.The above procedure roughly corresponds to that for people who require a visa to enter Ireland as a tourist. As a US citizen you dont. Therefore you can come to Ireland as a tourist and look for work.