Common Paths for Immigrating to Ireland
Short-stay C visas are available to those who want to stay in the country for fewer than three months. These visas are granted with the understanding that you’ll leave Ireland at the end of your visit, and that you have a friend or relative sponsoring your trip or enough money to support your time in the country.
If you want to stay in Ireland longer or permanently, though, the process is more involved if you are a non-EU citizen.
Every non-resident has a different circumstance that brings them to Ireland. This means the Irish immigration process varies based on your unique situation. Here are some of the common qualifying circumstances that will allow potential emigrants to relocate to Ireland and what that process might be like.
Immigrate as a “Persons of Independent Means”
If you’re self-employed, you can apply for a “persons of independent means” visa. Under this immigration qualification, you’ll apply for a D-Reside visa, which you need to apply for and obtain before entering the country. This allows you to stay in the country on Stamp 0 permission.
According to the visa requirements for a “person of independent means,” you’ll need to have an annual individual income of €50,000 a year. It’s also expected that you’ll have access to a lump sum of money — equal to, as an example, the cost of housing — to cover any major expenses that arise during your time in Ireland.
You’ll need to document and present your finances when applying for this visa, showing how much money you bring in each month and how you spend it. This information must be certified by an Irish accounting firm with expertise in overseas banking and this type of immigration documentation.
Immigrate as an Investor
Investing in Ireland is a path to long-term residency for you and your family. Through the Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP), individuals from outside the European Union can move to the Emerald Isle after making an investment in the Irish economy.
The four available investment tracks are:
Enterprise Investment: You must invest at least €1 million into an existing or new qualifying business for at least three years.
Approved Investment Fund: You must invest at least €1 million into a qualifying investment fund for at least three years.
Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT): You must invest at least €2 million into at least one qualifying REIT for at least three years.
Endowment: You must donate at least €500,000 to a qualifying philanthropic project.
The program’s golden visa is the only avenue to citizenship available, though, and requires that you have a minimum net worth of €2 million.
Immigrate for a Career Opportunity
If you’re from a non-European Union country and find yourself with an amazing career opportunity in Ireland, you must have immigration permission to stay in the country and a work visa.
Only once you have a job offer or employment contract can you apply for immigration permission. It’s important to note that the application needs to be completed before you travel. You’ll only obtain permission if you’re working in a highly-skilled industry or one that’s facing a shortage of Irish workers.
Once you’ve received permission to work in Ireland, you need to apply for a D visa or a long-stay employment visa. This work permit allows you to be employed in the country.
Immigrate After Marriage
As the spouse or civil partner of an Irish national, you can apply for naturalization after three years of marriage or civil partnership and three years of living in Ireland. To apply, fill out Form 8.
Immigrate After Retirement
Similar to immigrating as a self-employed individual, retirees can qualify for residency in Ireland under Stamp 0 requirements. This means to relocate to the country, you’ll need to have an annual income of €50,000 per person as well as access to an additional lump sum.
Immigrate as a Volunteer
If you’re traveling to Ireland to work as a volunteer for a charity or nonprofit on a long-term basis — meaning more than three months — you don’t need a visa. You must apply for and receive pre-clearance from the country, though, before you travel. After entering Ireland, you’ll need to register with the Irish National and Immigration Service — known as INIS — and request permission to stay.
Immigrate as an Asylum Seeker
Those who fear persecution in their own country — based on race, religion, nationality, political opinions, gender or sexual orientation — or those who are unable to live safely in any part of their country can apply for asylum in Ireland at any age. Ireland doesn’t accept asylum applications from those who live in any other European Union member states, though.
Immigrate as a Student
Students from countries outside the European Union are welcome to study in Ireland for the long-term. The conditions under which you can stay in the country will vary based on the topic you’re studying and your degree program.
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