The casual observer may associate Ireland with shamrocks and Guinness, but for the prospective investor, the country also represents a fine place to live on account of its relaxed lifestyle and strong travel links with the United Kingdom. Stunning green scenery and happening cities like Dublin help to make Ireland an attractive destination by any standards, with plenty to excite fun-loving single people, families looking for a hospitable and safe environment and everyone in-between. Ireland is a cultural, romantic and versatile part of the world – an ‘all things to all men’ in residency through investment terms.

Lots of possibilities for the prospective Irish resident

You have a lot of choices when you come to make an investment in Ireland, with options to invest in Irish enterprise, a Government guaranteed bond, real estate or charitable cause.

  • Irish citizenship available after five years
  • Not a member of the Schengen treaty
  • €500,000 investment over three years
  • Only one visit to Ireland per year required to fulfil visa expectation

Your residency by investment options in Ireland

Prospective non-EEA migrant entrepreneurs and investors prepared to invest in Ireland for the purpose of creating or saving jobs in return for permission to reside in the country can choose between two major new immigration initiatives launched by the Irish Government.

Immigrant Investor Programme

This scheme is open to non-EEA nationals and their families who commit to an approved investment in Ireland. Approved participants are helped, over time, to establish a permanent relationship with Ireland, initially through the granting of rights of residence that enable participants and their immediate family members to enter the state on multi-entry visas and remain for a defined period, but with the potential for ongoing renewal.

Applicants are required to propose an investment in one or more of the following categories:

  • €1,000,000 in an Immigrant Investor Bond at 0% interest rate
  • €500,000 in an Irish enterprise for three years
  • €500,000 in an approved investment fund
  • €2,000,000 in any Irish Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) that is listed on the Irish Stock Exchange, potentially spread across a number of different Irish REITs
  • Mixed investment of €450,000 in a residential property and a straight investment of €500,000 into the Immigrant Investor Bond, giving a minimum investment of €950,000
  • €500,000 philanthropic donation by an individual (€400,000 where five or more individuals pool their endowment for one appropriate project)

Start-up Entrepreneur Programme

This scheme is open to people of good character with entrepreneurial ability and some financial backing who wish to start an innovative business.

Applicants are required to have access to €75,000 funding to be given residency in Ireland for the purposes of developing their business. They are not subject to any initial job creation targets, in recognition of the time that it can take for new businesses to become firmly established.

The programme is intended to support high-potential start-ups that are introducing a new or innovative product or service to international markets, rather than for businesses of a retail, personal services or catering nature.

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Program Facts

  • Passport may be applied for after a period of 5 years.
  • Investment in business must be into a registered and authorised by the Bank of Ireland, and any investment must be in these terms.
  • Children between 18-24 may be eligible to join you in residency.
  • You may also be able to take your family with you.
  • Funds must be transferred to your investment option once your application has been approved.

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