Benefits to Investors

The aim of the Immigrant Investor Programme is to encourage successful international business professionals to invest in Ireland. The programme allows non-EEA nationals to secure immigration permission. The programme facilitates an expedited Ireland resident permit for qualified foreign nationals and their families from outside the EEA who make legitimate investments in the country and maintain them. The programme does not officially provide Irish citizenship by investment, but long-term residency in Ireland can be used to support a citizenship application under the country’s naturalisation rules.

After two years, successful Immigrant Investor Programme applications can be extended. The main applicant and any of their accompanying family members can apply for a three-year extension of their residence visas as long as they show that the investment is ongoing, the applicant has not become a financial burden and the applicant has not been investigated, indicted, or convicted for any criminal offence. After five years, the applicant can indefinitely renew their visa for successive five-year periods, subject to the same conditions as the three-year extension.

 The Ireland Immigrant Investor Programme is a residency program, not a citizenship by investment program, however, applicants are entitled to apply for Irish citizenship on the same terms as anyone else. Obtaining a resident permit through the programme can assist immigrant investors in meeting the residency requirements for Irish citizenship.

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