Saturday, January 31, 2009

So Much Easier

Good news! I found out that I won't have to go through the whole, lengthy application process again this year when my 2 year Green Card work permit expires. Instead I get to go ahead and apply for Long-Term Residence. But, since the law to allow LTR is apparently still hung up in the Dail, the government will allow us to get an interim (and highly coveted) Stamp 4 in my passport for a year, which will allow me to work in Ireland without a permit!

This is extremely welcome news since, given what happened last time (see here and here), renewing the Green Card permit was probably going to be a bear. Plus, this way I'm not tied to a specific job, nor am I prevented from taking a 2nd job/private practice if I ever felt like I needed more to do :-)

Green Card permit: 1,000 euro
Stamp 4 in my passport: 150 euro
Regaining some control over my life: Priceless

7 comments:

beth said...

Brilliant!! Congrats!!!

Sirmelja said...

Isn't it amazing? Thanks!

Viaje said...

AWESOME!! Pricey, but worth it...

Sirmelja said...

So true, Viaje.

Niamh Griffin said...

That's great news !

I love your blog , really funny!

I just moved back to Cork from ' out foreign' as they/we say here , visas are a royal pain in the behind ! congratulations :)

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Sirmelja said...

Niamh, so glad you could visit and I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. Snarkiness and all :-) Welcome back to the island! Hmmm, that makes it sound like you're on LOST :-)