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mover01 replied to the thread USA Social Security on the Ireland forum:
mover01 initially posted:
Hi all, I have been in Ireland now two years and next June I am entitled to claim my social security. I understand all about the bilateral agreement and that I can contact dublin embassy, I just was wondering if anyone else had completed this process while in Ireland and how it went for them. I figured I'd start process after Christmas for my June 2015 birthday of 62. thanks for any and all help
mover01 replied on October 20, 2014 with:
I will be collecting my social security next year. I was told I can apply four months before my birthday. You can call the Federal Benefits Unit Embassy of the United States of America Ballsbridge Dublin 4, Ireland TEL: 003531 6688777 EXT: 2112 - Mornings Only FAX: 003531 6687245 I had helped someone last year with this and had asked how they made out with it since I am now going to do it but they did not respond. I am looking forward to getting it.
zajom replied on October 20, 2014 with:
It is my understanding that you apply through the SS website and give instructions regarding where your checks will be deposited. I am living in Ireland and also will start collecting next year, you are not allowed to apply until 3 months before your 62nd birthday. I don't think you need to consult the embassy but I could be mistaken.
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Mellis5910 replied to the thread International Movers on the Ireland forum on October 19, 2014:
astronamy7 initially posted:
Hi, We're looking for advice about which international moving companies to use from PA to Ireland. We only have about 20 boxes we are bringing with us which almost seems not worth using a mover, but we're thinking it would be cheaper than using USPS flat rate international which runs about $80 for a small box. Thanks :)
Mellis5910 replied on October 19, 2014 with:
astronamy7 We had a bit of discussion on this topic at the following thread: http://www.expatexchange.com/expat/index.cfm?frmid=229&tpcid=3387104
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BlacksmithTom replied to the thread Car Tax on the Ireland forum on October 14, 2014:
Buzyizzzy initially posted:
I've just been on the website and for a small car, it seems to be €385 annually! Is that right as it seems very expensive and plus I had heard that the UK was the most expensive and I paid less than that. Can someone confirm please.
BlacksmithTom replied on October 14, 2014 with:
There are several things that decide your road tax. Age of car, emissions, or engine size. We had an 04 with a 1.6L engine and our road tax was over 500e. You can split it up into quarterly payments though. I saw some cars that had over a thousand euros a year in road taxes. Welcome to Ireland, where everything is priced for tourists.
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Mellis5910 replied to the thread Disabled expat in Dublin, can't get car insured! on the Ireland forum on October 12, 2014:
ArthurInIreland initially posted:
Dear readers and fellow-expat (or expats to-be!), Exactly one week ago I moved to Ireland from my home country (The Netherlands) due to a great career opportunity. I am only 22 years of age but bursting with ambition, confidence and general curiosity to see the world, and in this case, the part of the world that is Ireland. Given the fact that I am in a wheelchair and that I have moved on my own to a city where I do not know a single person, it has been a busy but eventful (joyful) week.. Until now. Let me explain: as my move to Ireland is a permanent one, I am looking at a second-hand Volvo V70 to purchase in the coming week. Back home I have had a full EU drivers license, almost 4 years of experience (albeit on the right side of the road) and built up to 2 years of no-claim bonus. I have spent my the past week and this entire Sunday to get a quote to insure the Volvo I expect to buy, but literally none of the insurance agencies are able to offer me a quote! Some of the reasons for being denied are 1) not having lived in Ireland for at least one year, 2) not having a 5-year no-claim bonus and 3) despite having a ful EU license, it is a license for the RIGHT side of the road instead of the left. I consider myself to be a rather optimistic person but I am really starting to lose the confidence that I will be able to get a car insured for myself so that I can get myself on the road, literally! Being alone in another country is difficult on its own, aside from having to depend on a wheelchair too. A car is my only means of real mobility (going where I want to go, when I want to go) and having that mobility taken from me is considered a small personal catastrophe. I am both physically and financially unable to depend on public transport! I am at quite a crossroad here; if I do not succeed to find any car insurance at all, I am being forced to reconsider my move to Ireland. As you'll understand, that is not a consideration that I want to have to make! What can I possibly do to get me out of this wretched situation? Any advice, experiences or possible solutions (ideas) are welcome. Thank you all for the help, I sure as hell need it. Warm regards, Arthur
Mellis5910 replied on October 12, 2014 with:
Arthur, found this in some of the old threads: *Try www.libertyinsurance.ie or www.allianz.ie. *If you haven't already you could try these folks: http://www.ibexinsure.com/ *Try McCarthy Insurance in Tralee www.mig.ie/ *Quinns Also, several people mentioned renting or leasing a car. Hope this is helpful. Melissa
Mellis5910 replied on October 12, 2014 with:
Hi Arthur, It seems I have seen the topic of people having difficulty obtaining insurance raised several times on this site. You are not alone, it seems to be quite a hurdle to get over. I will search old threads and see if I can get some answers for you. Best, Melissa
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We will be holding our second Virtual Career Open Day on the 23rd October to recruit for bilingual and multilingual candidates to join our team in Dublin & Dundalk, Ireland & Berlin, Germany.
pobauto replied to the thread cost of living on the Ireland forum:
colette24 initially posted:
We are thinking of retiring to Wexford next year. We will be renting a house what other bill will we have to pay other than gas,Electric. also my Husband is 65 and I am 60 would we get medical cards . I am Irish living in the uk for 39 years and my Husband is english. thank you
pobauto replied most recently with:
Thanks to all of you for relating your experiences. My husband & I are retirees and planning a move to Ireland. He has dual citizenship w/US and Ireland and we don't plan to work, so we are hoping the path will be a bit smoother. Your comments have been and continue to be very helpful. Tom & Marianne, I'm so sorry it didn't work out for you. Your posts have been especially helpful and eye opening. Over the last couple of years I have come to realize that the process will not be quick or smooth. We will have just have to have patience and perseverance. I was told by the Consulate in Boston that my husband's citizenship will give me priority in terms of establishing residency, but that I couldn't apply until we were actually on Irish soil. There doesn't seem to be any way to find out what their criteria is until you actually arrive and get involved with the process.
hosannah8 replied most recently with:
Wow! Thank you so much for this detailed blog of your experience. You have saved a 65 year old couple from a lot of heartache; as I'm sure many hundreds of others. To me it sounds expat seniors and maybe others are not welcome. I also have tried extensively to find out financial requirements prior to even visiting there so we would not go through this. But I had a feeling and I see it is now true. You have saved many seniors from a trauma that we don't need to experience. Thank you.
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monphrog replied to the thread Schengen Agreement on the Ireland forum:
TeresaH initially posted:
My husband and I are retired and want to travel as cheaply as possible and see as much as possible. Once we get to Europe we hope to travel at least 1 or 2 years. Is it possible to spend 3 mo. in Germany, then 3 mo in Ireland, back to France for 3 mo etc. Does this get us around the Schengen agreement?
monphrog replied most recently with:
It should work this way, we do this too! but: see Health Insurance is needed and the 90 day period is within a 6 months period, so you can spend time here and there within Schengen countries, leave for UK and then go to Spain or Greece or such and go back to UK again as long as you do not overstay the total of 90 days within a six months time period. And remember: there is still Turkey and Marocco and such...enjoy!
Thistle replied most recently with:
You may stay in Ireland for 90 days. Member states to the Schen..agreement for 90 days. always count days. The UK for US citizens is 360 days, and thenyou must leave the UK for 360 days. It's not so easy for US citizens. The border control for the UK will ask questions. They are concerned you will try to stay in the UK without the proper visa. Even with the right passport, they can and may refuse entry to you. They will ask about any connections to your home state..property, family, job, etc. Do you have enought money to pay your visit? Let's not forget about healthe insurance for your stay. whether it be holiday or long stay. You really need to do your homework. Got to the expat forum site and read the info, and then ask thought out questions.
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rtdusmae7 replied to the thread Car Insurance for a student on the Ireland forum:
mmkjt initially posted:
My daughter is in her 4th yr at UL. We are looking into getting a cheap used car for her to use throughout this school year. Will she be able to get insurance with her uni address? She has been here the past 3 years and she is 23.
rtdusmae7 replied most recently with:
Try this web site for used cars http://www.adverts.ie/for-sale/cars-motorbikes-boats/cars/2?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=cars-for-sale It list car people in ie have for sale.
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PaulLoftus replied to the thread Being accepted in rural Ireland on the Ireland forum:
Buzyizzzy initially posted:
I'm seriously thinking of emigrating to Ireland from England and I would like to live in a rural part as I have horses which I would keep at home. I would be able to become an Irish national by virtue of being 1/2 Irish, but I would be on my own for most part. My children are at uni in London so I would like to be not too far from an airport, perhaps Knock. I intend to work part time as a Carer, which I do already. How feasible would this be or would I be rejected by the community? I'm currently living in Cornwall and I've found here that most people seem to be more accepting when they find out my job, as I am putting something back into the community. I am originally from London. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I've already found about half a dozen suitable properties, just waiting for mine to sell.
PaulLoftus replied most recently with:
Ii don't think you'ld have any problem being accepted. For a start you're half Irish and secondly you have horses. community involvement always helps. i know a lady from London who's on the town council in Ballina. Knock in is Co. Mayo and has direct flights to London. I'm from Ballina, Co Mayo and now live in Canada after a spell in London. Good luck
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