Essential documents when emigrating


There’s so much to think about when moving abroad. To make things easier, we’ve put together a handy list of essential documents to bring with you. It’s also a good idea to scan these and save electronic copies to your email or in the cloud so you can access them remotely.


  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Secondary form of photo ID (like a passport card)

Visas and Travel



  • Up to date CV
  • Employer References
  • Proof of your Education & Qualifications
  • Your Irish Social Insurance Record
  • Details of any Irish social welfare payments & closed claims

Marital Status

  • Marriage / Divorce certificates


  • Recent Bank Statements
  • Your personal Credit History from the Central Credit Register


  • Landlord References
  • Property or Mortgage Documents as relevant



  • Contact names and numbers of next-of-kin in Ireland
  • Emergency contact information for the local Irish Embassy or Consulate
  • Contacts of people you know where you are going

For more on what to consider if you’re emigrating, visit our leaving Ireland section. You can also contact us with further queries.