Moving home from abroad



Whether you've been living abroad for years or you have been away for a short time, it is a good idea to try to plan your return in advance. In this section you'll find useful information about returning to Ireland. You will also find useful links to information that should help you to plan for your return - things like: looking for work, finding accommodation, education and training, as well as guides on what to consider if you are coming home


Social Welfare

If you think there's a chance you may need to apply for a social welfare payment on your return to Ireland, it is very important for you to read about the habitual residence condition before coming back.


Returning with a Non-Irish Family Member

If you are coming home with a spouse or partner who is not an Irish citizen, we would also suggest that you read our residency information for non-Irish family members of Irish citizens.


Further Information

The 'Coming Home' section of the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade Global Irish website also contains useful general information in relation to coming back to Ireland. See

If you are thinking about returning home and would like to speak to someone, please contact us by phone at 00353 1 873 2844, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..