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Old 10-13-2011, 09:39 AM   #1
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I'm baaaaaaaaaaaack... XD I've been gone so long there's probably no one here that even remembers who I am! Annnnyway, last time I was here I was planning my holiday makers visa to the UK, but as fate would have it, my best friend and I fell in love and I never made the trip ... I don't regret staying, he is incredible and I wouldn't trade what we have for anything but... That being said... I'm going stark mad from having been in one place so long.

Now the boyfriend has recently just been called back for a second interview for an internal job transfer to Dublin, and while Dublin is not at all my favourite city... Ireland.. Oh Ireland. Ireland is where I am meant to be, I feel it in my soul. I've felt that way since I left in 2007 (Hiya MeTurk!), so the opportunity to move back there is literally keeping me awake at nights. Now I'm in luck (assuming the information I've found is correct) in that the Ireland Holiday Makers extends to 35... another option being that, I have found a degree program at Dublin City University that is EXACTLY what I've been looking for for years... So I don't think getting to Ireland is going to be an issue... My question is, how do I stay... you know, forever... As a Canadian do I have options for naturalization? Neither parents or grandparents were born there, and although I think my great grand parents may have been, from what I've read that doesn't help me in the least... Any help, suggestions, etc would be greatly appreciated!! <3 Teach me to become an Expat! XD
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My friend goes to UCD and absolutely loves it there (we're both Canadian!) sooo don't think you'll have any troubles!

Now- by naturalization do you mean actually getting permanent residency/citizenship? I know an Irish girl who just became an Aussie citizen... so maybe you can take her place

As for citizenship/permanent resso, check out Ireland's immigration gov't website. Not sure if its the same, but here in Oz you have to basically be in the country for 3-4 years before any permanent resso/citizenship can happen. There's a few ways (via work, de facto, marriage, etc) to get it done, but they all take a few years. However this is Australia; Ireland may be different, and I think it helps that we're all in the commonwealth together !
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