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.
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.
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.
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:
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.