Investment Visa Overview

Ireland Residency & Citizenship options

Ireland offers a number of different residency visas, each of which has its own set of requirements and benefits.

Program 1
  • Name
    Start-up Entrepreneur Programme (STEP)
  • Description

    The Start-up Entrepreneur Programme (STEP) is a residency visa for ireland that allows entrepreneurs to live and work in ireland for up to 2 years. The programme is designed to support early-stage entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas that have the potential to scale and create jobs. To be eligible for STEP, entrepreneurs must be aged 18 or over and have a minimum investment of €50,000. They must also be endorsed by an authorised endorsing body such as Enterprise Ireland, the Local Enterprise Office or the Halo Business Angel Network. Once an entrepreneur has been endorsed, they can apply for a STEP visa online. If their application is successful, they will be issued with a stamped visa that allows them to travel to ireland and stay for up to 2 years. During this time, they can work on developing their business idea and building their team. After 2 years, entrepreneurs can apply for an extension of their STEP visa or apply for another type of ireland residency visa.

  • Requirements

    Invest in a startup with high potential in the innovation economy. This program is not intended for retail, personal service, catering, or similar businesses. While each application will be evaluated on its own merits, this program is intended for businesses that are part of the innovation economy and have high growth potential in the future. The State agencies will play a significant role in assessing the suitability of proposed business proposals for the program.

  • Validity
    2 years initial (2y-3y-5y)
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Avg. Processing Time
    3-4 months
  • Investment Amount
    50,000 EUR
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    Minimum of 1 day per year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 2
  • Name
    Immigrant Investor Programme - Endowment
  • Description

    Endowments are very popular with entrepreneurs and executives who want to invest in high-growth companies while also qualifying for residency in Ireland. The Endowment option is also very attractive to investors from countries where there are restrictions on the free movement of capital. The Endowment option is one of the most popular options under the Immigrant Investor Programme.

  • Requirements

    Make a donation in an arts, sports, health, cultural, or educational project of public benefit. The Endowment should be viewed as a charitable contribution with an obvious public benefit. There will be no financial return or principal repayment for investors.

  • Validity
    2 years initial (2y-3y-5y)
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Processing Time
    3-4 months
  • Investment Amount
    500,000 Euro
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    Minimum of 1 day per year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 3
  • Name
    Immigrant Investor Programme - Investment Funds
  • Description

    Investment Funds that have been approved by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service for the Immigrant Investor Programme. All funds must be invested in Ireland and must represent equity stakes in unquoted, Irish-registered companies. To conduct business in Ireland, funds and fund managers will be subject to regulation by the Central Bank. Thirdly, only fund managers with proven experience managing regulated funds will be permitted to manage funds in Ireland.

  • Requirements

    Invest a minimum of 1,000,000 Euro.

  • Validity
    2 years initial (2y-3y-5y)
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Processing Time
    3-4 months
  • Investment Amount
    1,000,000 Euro
  • Avg. Agent fee
    1,000,000 Euro
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    Minimum of 1 day per year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 4
  • Name
    Immigrant Investor Programme - REIT
  • Description

    Listed Irish Real Estate Investment Trusts on the Irish Stock Exchange. The EUR2 million investment may be dispersed among several Irish REITs. A REIT is a publicly traded company that invests in rental properties. It is a globally recognized benchmark for rental property investments.

  • Requirements

    Invest a minimum of 2 million euro.

  • Validity
    2 years initial (2y-3y-5y)
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Processing Time
    3-4 months
  • Investment Amount
    2,000,000 Euro
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    Minimum of 1 day per year
  • Can Family be included?
    Yes
Official Government Website
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Irish passport is now ranked seventh. It allows anyone to travel to 190 countries without needing a visa. With a very high mobility score, it is regarded one of the most sought passports in the world. Visa-free travel and visas on arrival are available to Irish passport holders in countries such as Brazil, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States, allowing for nearly rapid travel around the world. Irish passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to visit around 39 countries around the world.

Passport Rank

7

Visa Free Countries

190

Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
    Yes
  • Visa Free Destinations
    138
  • Visa on Arrival
    42
  • Visa Online
    10
  • Visa Required
    9
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, USA, UK, Canada, Japan
  • World Surface Area Reachable
    61%
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
    48%
Passport Ranking Factors

Ireland Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries Ireland passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) is added to the number of countries Ireland passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) (eTA). There are now 138 visa-free countries for Ireland passport holders, 42 visa-on-arrival countries for Ireland passport holders, and 10 eTA destinations. In total, Ireland passport holders can visit 190 countries without a visa, via a visa on arrival, or using an eTA. As a result, Ireland's passport is ranked seventh in the world. Apart from these Ireland visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 39 more countries where Ireland passport holders would need a physical visa or an eVisa to visit (i.e. visa required countries).

Citizenship by Descent

Irish Citizenship by Descent

Ireland is one of the EU nations that allows citizenship by descent till the third generation. If you meet the following requirements, you may apply for Irish citizenship:

  • You were born to at least one Irish parent in Ireland.
  • You were born in Ireland to non-Irish parents who spent at least four years in Ireland.
  • You were born outside of Ireland to parents from Ireland.
  • You were born outside of Ireland, yet at least one of your grandparents is Irish.
  • You, your parents, and your grandparents were all born outside of Ireland, yet your great-grandparents were born in Ireland. Your parents' births must be recorded in the Foreign Births Register.

To submit a successful application for Irish citizenship by descent, you must first register your birth in the Foreign Births Register. You can then continue with the remainder of the application procedure.

Citizenship by Descent - Details
  • CBD Available?
    Yes
  • Generations
    3
Citizenship by Descent - Footnotes

Note: Keep in mind that the costs for citizenship by descent applications can vary and depend on many factors, such as:

  • The availability of official documents in different countries (if past family members migrated);
  • The availability of historic documents;
  • Sworn translation costs;
  • Price only includes main applicant, in case of adding children or spouses, this can incur additional costs);
  • Whether or not a genealogist is needed to prove ancestry;
  • Other unforeseen costs.

* In the case of first generation citizenship by descent, we assumed ONLY administration costs, which will be around $100 or less (usually free if application is done in the same country versus foreign embassy or consulate)

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