Au pair in Ireland
Information for non EU-citizens

Upon arrival in Ireland, non-EU aupairs need to register with the local authorities, such as the Garda National Immigration Bureau. Additionally, they must apply for a PPS Number.



Step 1: Registration with the Garda National Immigration Bureau

If you are expected to stay in Ireland for more than 3 months, you will need to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau. When registering with the immigration officials, you will need to appear in person before the Garda National Immigration Bureau (if you are in Dublin) or at the District Headquarters in other Garda Districts.

Au pairs need to provide some information and evidence on their status, such as: details of when, where and how they arrived in Ireland, their photo and current address in Ireland. You should also bring along your passport and documentation supporting your residence permit.

After successful registration, you will be issued with an Immigration Certificate of Registration, also known as a GNIB card. The latter costs 150 €.

Should you have any further questions, please consult the Citizens Information page concerning the registration of non-EU nationals in Ireland.

Step 2: Application for a PPS (Personal Public Service) Number

If you wish to work in Ireland as an au pair, you must apply for a PPS Number.

How to apply for a PPS Number?

When applying for a PPS Number, you have to provide the following documents:

  • Passport
  • Evidence of your address in Ireland. Please ask your host family to write a short letter confirming that you are presently living with them. You may also attach a household bill ( telephone, gas, etc.) in your host family's name.

The Department of Social Protection will issue a PPS Number for you, please contact your Social Welfare Local Office for detailed information.

Should you have any further questions, please see the Citizens Information page about the Personal Public Service Number.

We are continually researching and updating our host country information, but cannot guarantee that all material provided is complete and correct. If you notice gaps or inaccuracies, we would like to hear from you.

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