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Ireland

Immigration Permission by Investment

Situated in the north-west of Europe, Ireland is an island with lush vegetation and a mild climate, meriting its reputation as “The Emerald Isle”. Ireland is home to the youngest population in Europe, with 1/3 of the population being under 25 years of age, and almost half the population being under the age of 34. Having the fastest growing economy in the Eurozone, Ireland has been named the best country in the world for attracting high-value Foreign Direct Investment for six years in a row.

The Ireland Immigrant Investor Program

The Immigrant Investor Program was introduced to promote inward investment for the creation of business and employment opportunities in Ireland. The Program is designed to benefit investors and business professionals from outside the European Economic Area, allowing them and their immediate family to acquire residency status in Ireland through investment and other business opportunities.

Ways of Acquiring Citizenship

Applicants have four investment opportunities available to obtain residency status. The options are as follows:

An investment of a minimum of €1 million in an Irish enterprise for a period of at least three (3) years.

An investment of a minimum of €1 million in an approved investment fund for a period of at least three (3) years. Such funds must be approved and regulated by the Central Bank.

An investment of a minimum of €2 million in any Irish REIT that is listed on the Irish Stock Exchange, for a period of at least three (3) years.

A philanthropic donation of a minimum of €500,000 to a project which is of public benefit to the arts, sports, health, culture of education in Ireland.

Validity of Immigration Permission

An Applicant’s initial immigration permission is valid for two (2) years and may be renewed for a further three (3) years subject to certain conditions being met during the two (2)-year period. After the initial five (5) years, immigration permission may be renewed for a further five (5) years subject to meeting certain conditions.

Validity of the Passport

Initial passports are valid for five (5) years and renewable subject to the holder meeting the residency requirement. 

Benefits of Ireland and the Immigrant Investor Program

  • Ireland is a fully committed member of Europe.
  • Ireland is the only predominantly English-speaking country in the Eurozone- and, following Brexit, the only English-speaking country in Europe.
  • Applicants are not required to learn English.
  • Children between the ages of 18 and 24 may be considered, provided they are not married or in a de facto relationship, are attending full time education in Ireland and are financially dependent upon the Applicant.
  • Residency requirement is only one (1) day of physical presence per year.
  • Ireland is one of the top ten most innovative countries globally and best country in Western Europe to invest.
  • Full Stamp 4 visa provided to Applicant and nominated family members.
  • Ranked as one of the best countries for scaling and start-up businesses, as well as large multinational businesses.
  • Ranked first for inward investment by quality and value, investment incentives, and adaptability and flexibility of work force.
  • Global reputation as a hub for Foreign Direct Investment.
  • Ranked as 6th most competitive economy in the world.

Program Requirements

To be eligible to apply, the Principal Applicant must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Be of good character;
  • Invest a minimum of €500 000;
  • Prove a minimum net worth of €2 million.

Applications will be denied on the following grounds:

  • Direct or indirect misrepresentation;
  • Previous convictions of any criminal offence in any jurisdiction.

Application Processing Time

On average, decisions are rendered within 3 to 4 months, although it may take longer if the Evaluation Committee require more information from an Applicant. Upon approval, Applicants must make the investment within 90 days of the date of the approval letter.

International Organization Membership

Ireland is a member of the following international organizations:

  • The European Union;
  • The International Monetary Fund;
  • The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe;
  • The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe;
  • The World Health Organization;
  • The United Nations;
  • The Council of Europe;
  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
  • The World Trade Organization; and
  • The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Population

4.3 Million (2018)

GNI Per Capita

$62,440 US World Bank (2017)

Official Languages

Irish, English (Official)

Currency

Euro. 1 € = 1.13 USD

Capital

Dublin

Temperature

Average all year round of 5°C – 18 °C

Major Religion

Catholic

Government

Republic

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