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Old 12-05-2012, 04:40 PM
 
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Default Americans retiring to Ireland

Are there any Americans on the forum who have retired (full time or part time) in Ireland? I'm thinking about buying a vacation home and spending summers there. I'd like to hear from others who have tried it. I have close friends in the UK and I wouldn't have to work. Anyone?
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:02 PM
 
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:07 PM
 
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Been there, done that but thx very much for the reply. Forgot to mention that I also have Canadian citizenship if that matters.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:32 PM
 
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Been there, done that but thx very much for the reply. Forgot to mention that I also have Canadian citizenship if that matters.
That doesn't matter. The only citizenship that would matter is if you have citizenship of a country part of the EU or EEA (includes Switzerland and Norway). If you don't, you're limited to the maximum amount of time in Ireland visa free, or you must apply for a visitor's visa to extend past the 3 months leave, or whatever it is, most people automatically get.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:27 AM
 
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Are there any Americans on the forum who have retired (full time or part time) in Ireland? I'm thinking about buying a vacation home and spending summers there. I'd like to hear from others who have tried it. I have close friends in the UK and I wouldn't have to work. Anyone?
But you're not retiring to Ireland, you're just planning to live there a few months a year. This is vacation, and not any kind of permanent or temporary residency?

Most non-visa destinations allow a visitor 90 days of easy breezy visitation. After 90 days all other kinds of residency regulations come into play which vary by country, visitor nationality, local property ownership, and all kinds of other particularities.

Your question is too vague to answer accurately.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:51 AM
 
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Thanks for taking the time to reply. I realize that I would get the 3 months stay and I'm not trying for residency. When I was living in Peru and my tourist visa ran out (didn't have my residencia), I would just go to Bolivia for awhile and then get 3 more months when I returned. I'm wondering if the situation is the same for Ireland? I'd like to buy a cottage and then use it as a base to explore Europe. Or would I be limited to one tourist visa per year for example, limiting me to 3 months per year?
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:04 AM
 
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Thanks for taking the time to reply. I realize that I would get the 3 months stay and I'm not trying for residency. When I was living in Peru and my tourist visa ran out (didn't have my residencia), I would just go to Bolivia for awhile and then get 3 more months when I returned. I'm wondering if the situation is the same for Ireland? I'd like to buy a cottage and then use it as a base to explore Europe. Or would I be limited to one tourist visa per year for example, limiting me to 3 months per year?
Ireland is not part of the Schengen area. You could "reset" your status by entering, for instance, France and then return to Ireland. You should then get another 90 days. The U.K. is also not part of the Schengen area. So if you leave Ireland, you would get an additional 90 days in the U.K. In the Schengen area, it dosent matter if you go from country to country. Your 90 day limit will not be "reset".
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:29 AM
 
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Ireland is not part of the Schengen area. You could "reset" your status by entering, for instance, France and then return to Ireland. You should then get another 90 days. The U.K. is also not part of the Schengen area. So if you leave Ireland, you would get an additional 90 days in the U.K. In the Schengen area, it dosent matter if you go from country to country. Your 90 day limit will not be "reset".

Perfect. Just to be clear, if I am a property owner in Ireland, without residency, it will not affect the type of visa they give me? I can't imagine how they would know that I'm a property owner-well, actually I can; everything is on computer records nowadays-but my concern is that property ownership in Ireland may require me to obtain a non-tourist (or resident) visa? Thx for the replies, they have been very helpful.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:35 AM
 
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There is no guarantee that you can get a new 90-day tourist visa every 3 months by taking a day trip to France etc. You can probably get away with it 2 or 3 times but sooner or later immigration control are likely to take the view that you are abusing the system. When that happens you will be refused entry - as a tourist you have no rights to enter the country - it's at their discretion. If you stick to 3 months per year you should be ok.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:37 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Ireland is not part of the Schengen area. You could "reset" your status by entering, for instance, France and then return to Ireland. You should then get another 90 days. The U.K. is also not part of the Schengen area. So if you leave Ireland, you would get an additional 90 days in the U.K. In the Schengen area, it dosent matter if you go from country to country. Your 90 day limit will not be "reset".
Can you actually do that though? I wouldn't want to try it.
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