Irish Investment Residency
The Easy Way

Investor Visas Ireland assists foreign high net worth individuals and their families to obtain residency in Ireland through the Irish Immigrant Investor Program (IIP).

Specialising in fee-free Irish Diaspora Loan Fund (IDLF) applications, we offer non-EU investors a simple, proven process to obtaining full Stamp 4 residency status in the Emerald Isle.

IRELAND: THE ULTIMATE PLAN B AND RETIREMENT DESTINATION

Whether you’re looking to establish a business footprint or a viable Plan B in Western Europe, Ireland’s flagship investment immigration programs can offer you the security of a second home in a stable EU country with a thriving, diversified economy.

The Irish Immigrant Investor Program at a glance

Established in 2012, the Immigrant Investor Program (IIP) was launched to encourage foreign investment in Ireland. The Irish Golden Visa program enables Non-EU nationals who make an eligible investment, to the benefit of the Irish economy, to apply for long term residency in Ireland.

The creation of new business ventures and employment opportunities for Irish citizens is therefore a key objective of the program.

The spouse of the primary investor, along with their dependent children under the age of 18, are eligible to apply for residency under the IIP. Children over the age of 18, but under the age of 24 may be considered for residency, provided that they are unmarried, financially dependent on their parents, and studying full time.

Investors are not required to relocate to Ireland: Apart from the requirement that the primary investor must spend 1 day per year in Ireland, there are no minimum stay requirements.

The program offers a clear path to eventual citizenship, however investment migrants have to apply for citizenship by regular naturalization. For official guidelines for applicants, click here.

Ireland IIP Investment Options 2020

Choose from 1 of 5 eligible investment options as the basis for your Irish residency application:

  1. IRELAND DIASPORA LOAN FUND INVESTMENT: A €1 million capital investment in the Ireland Diaspora Loan Fund, maintained for a period of 5 years. Eligible funds must be approved and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.

  2. IRELAND RESIDENCY BY ENDOWMENT (DONATION): An endowment of €500,000 towards a project or cause that promotes the public good can serve as the basis for residency. The endowment amount can be reduced to €400,000 if you invest with 5 or more foreign investors

  3. REITs: An investment of €2 million in a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) that is listed on the Irish Stock Exchange, maintained for a period of 3 years.

  4. IRELAND RESIDENCY BY ENTERPRISE INVESTMENT: A €1 million equity investment in an existing Irish enterprise, or in a new business, maintained for a period of 3 years. The creation or preservation of jobs is a key requirement.

  5. IRELAND RESIDENCY BY REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT (discontinued): A €2 million investment in government approved real estate, maintained for a period of 3 years.

  6. IRISH STARTUP VISAS: A minimum investment of €75,000 in an innovative, high-potential startup can serve as the basis for obtaining an investor visa under the Irish Startup Entrepreneur Program. The startup must have the potential to create 10 jobs and generate €1 million in sales in 4 years, and the application process is commensurately onerous.

About the Irish Diaspora Loan Fund

The Irish Diaspora Loan Fund (IDLF), is a low risk investment fund regulated and authorized by the Irish Central Bank. The fund enables foreign investors and their families to gain Irish residency by investment under the IIP by investing a minimum of €1 million for a period of 5 years.

The IDLF is a mutualized, asset-backed senior debt fund that prioritises capital preservation by adherence to a highly conservative, low-risk loan investment policy. The fund issues innovative, low-cost finance to a portfolio of Irish enterprises, including hotels seeking to expand, and the developers of student, social and affordable housing complexes.

In addition, it serves as an ongoing concierge service for immigrant investors, assisting applicants with everything from school selection and real estate to the identification of suitable business opportunities.

The application process at a glance

STEP 1: Working with one of our expert consultants, your application is compiled and submitted on the basis of one of the above investment options as selected by you. No investment funding is committed at this stage.

STEP 2: Your application and supporting documentation is considered by the governmental Evaluation Committee. No investment funding is committed at this stage, however you’ll be required to pay a non-refundable government application fee of €1,500. Applications are only accepted during government specified application intake windows, taking place around 5 times per year.

STEP 3: If successful, you will receive an in-principle approval of your residency application by the Immigration Ireland Evaluation Committee. This committee is mandated to submit approval recommendations to the Ministry for Justice and Equality, who are ultimately empowered to approve your application.

STEP 4: If your application is successful, the required investment must be made in accordance with your preference, after which proof has to be submitted showing that your investment has been made in full.

STEP 5: After formal proof of your investment has been submitted, you will be required to submit proof of comprehensive private medical insurance for yourself and your dependent family members.

STEP 6:  After your application has been processed, Irish residency status is issued (Full Stamp 4 Visa status) for a period of 2 years. As long as you retain your good character and international standing, maintain your residency investment, and have not become a burden onto the Irish state, your visa can be renewed for an additional 3 year period.

Beyond this point, it can be indefinitely renewed at 5 year intervals, even after your investment funds have been returned in full, provided that you remain financially stable and you are still able to meet the good character requirement.

High-level program requirements

1: ELIGIBLE INVESTMENT: Investors have to make a minimum eligible investment of €1 million to apply to for the IIP residency visa, unless the endowment option is selected (minimum €500,000). The investment capital must come from the individual’s own resources and may not be financed. NB: The investment must be made in an individual capacity.

2: MINIMUM NET WORTH: Individuals must have a minimum net worth of €2 million.

3: POLICE CLEARANCE: Applicants must have a clean criminal record, both in their native jurisdiction and beyond.

4: GOOD CHARACTER: Individuals must be of good character and respected international standing.

 

With you, every step of the way

Beyond assisting with your investment residency application, we also offer an ongoing concierge service, should you choose to relocate to Ireland.

Our seasoned advisors can assist you with local introductions to select schools, universities, real estate and identify suitable business opportunities.

Contact us now for a confidential consultation, or find out more about the 2020 investment options available under the IIP.