Originally Posted by medias
Hi my girlfriend is Croatian and we want to move to Ireland (I'm Irish and working here). I understand that she does not need a visa but does need a work permit to work here.
She has a degree in economics and is currently working in Croatia (she is 31).
I believe a letter of intent of employment is required to apply for the work permit. I imagine it will be very difficult to apply for positions here when not in the country and then explain that you need the permit to the prospective employer?
Does anyone have any experience on the best way to achieve this? I understand that this will not be an issue from June 2013 as Croatia will join the EU but I would rather not have to wait that long :-)
While Crotia is expected to be a member next year, I'm not sure of the full free movement of workers, it could be a further 7 years after that.
What transitional arrangements apply to freedom of movement for workers?
The following measures relating to the freedom of Croatian workers to move to other EU Member States have been agreed:
For a two year period EU Member States can choose restrict the right of Croatians to work in their country, or in particular sectors.
These arrangements will be reviewed after two years, with Member States allowed to extend national measures for a further period. The transitional arrangement should in principle come to an end after five years but may be extended for a further two years in those Member States where putting an end to the arrangement would lead to serious disturbances to the labour market or where there would be a threat of such disruption.
Now in relation to you wanting to move here, to get a working permit guide here
How long have you been in a relationship, if more than 2 years and same can be documented then you can apply for a de-facto relationship visa, http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/WP07000278
Best idea is to get a good immigration solicitor in Ireland to guide you through the process.