Emigrating from Ireland to USA



Unless you already have a visa that allows you to live and work in the USA, you will need to start doing your research on visa options. To be sure that you are getting the most up to date information, go to the US Department of State website at You can also try the Department's Visa Wizard to help you figure out what visa options you have - see


Get support

Irish American support organisations are a good way to find out more about where you want to do & many run activities which can help you meet people when you are there. We have a list of these at


J-1, graduates and green card lottery


If you are already living in the USA and would like some information on applying for an Irish State pension, take a look at our 'Claiming an Irish State pension when living in the USA' leaflet.


Further information

Our ‘Going to the USA’ booklet is a little outdated but will give you an overview of the sort of things to consider if you are thinking of going to the USA. The useful links below will also help you to find up to date information to help you plan your move to the USA.

Useful Links

  • Embassy of the United States - 42 Elgin Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
    Visa Info line: 1580 47 8472 (€2.40 p/min)