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Ireland Residency through the Irish Immigrant Investor Program

Secure residency status in Ireland and relocate to Europe with entire family. A safe country with a high standard of living to call home within the European Union.

The Irish Residency Program is an ideal route for high net worth individuals and their immediate families seeking to acquire permanent residency in Ireland.

The program provides a wide range of investment options, ranging from €500,000 to €2,000,000, and grants a residency permit for up to 5 years with the possibility of ongoing renewal, initial permission is given for 2 years, further renewal for a period of 3 years.

The Ireland Immigrant Investor Program is officially a residency program, however, after 5 years, if the appropriate conditions are met, you can either apply for Irish permanent residence or qualify for Irish citizenship.

Ireland Residency Benefits

Fast processing time

Department of Justice usually makes decision within 2 months

No language tests

No language requirement for initial applicants

Visa-free travel

To 177 countries worldwide, including EU & UK with an Irish passport

The entire family are eligible

Spouses/civil partners, dependent children under 24

No residency requirements

Only a 1 day a year visit to Ireland is required to keep the permit

High standard of schooling

Access to many prestigious universities at lower EU tuition fees

Tax regime

As in the UK, Irish tax liability is based on residence and domicile

EU residence & citizenship

Eligibility to apply for permanent status and citizenship thereafter
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    Visa-free travel to 177 countries worldwide

    Global visa-free travel without visa applications and restrictions. Enhance your travel mobility with an Irish passport — get visa-free access worldwide, including in the EU & UK. Go on a last-minute business trip or take your family on a spontaneous holiday in Europe.

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    Investment Options

    In order to be considered for the program you can choose any one of the 4 investment options, which will grant you and your family permission to reside in Ireland. You do not have to live in Ireland, but you must visit Ireland at least once a year, in order to extend your residency.

    Option 1 / €1,000,000 Enterprise Investment

    • Invest in either a single Irish enterprise or spread over a number of enterprises.
    • The enterprise can be a start-up or existing business but must be registered and headquartered in Ireland and the investment must support the creation or maintenance of employment.
    • Minimum investment period of 3 years.

    Option 2 / €1,000,000 Investment Fund

    • Invest into one of the funds that have been approved for the purposes of the Immigrant Investor Program by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service and are regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.
    • All funds must be invested in Ireland.
    • Minimum investment period of 3 years.

    Option 3 / €2,000,000 Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)

    • Invest in any Irish REIT that is listed on the Irish Stock Exchange. The investment may be spread across a number of different Irish REITs.
    • The full investment must be held for 3 years.
    • After 3 years 50% of shares can be sold.
    • After 4 years a further 25% can be released.
    • After 5 years there are no requirements to keep investments.

    Option 4 / €500,000 Endowment

    • Invest in a public project benefiting the arts, sports, health, culture or education.
    • It should be regarded as a non-refundable philanthropic contribution and investors will receive no financial return.

    Irish Residency Acquisition Process

    Astons’ focus is to provide a hassle-free and seamless service, assisting you with a residency application. We will hand hold you through the Irish residency acquisition process with due diligence and care, ensuring that your application is submitted correctly and then follow up to application approval.

    2 months
    Processing time

    Talk to Astons immigration advisers

    Astons Immigration advisers will evaluate your personal circumstances and help you select the most suitable program and Investment option.

    In order to apply you must:

    • be at least 18 years of age;
    • have no previous criminal convictions;
    • have legally accumulated a minimum personal net worth of €2 million and provide evidence of the source of the investment funds.

    The main applicant may also add dependents to a residency application, including spouses/partners and children under 24.


    Prepare documents

    A detailed checklist will be provided, and you will be guided through the documents collection stage. Experienced immigration advisers will be checking a scan of each document for compliance to ensure all requirements are met, including proof of investment documentation.


    Submit an application

    The complete application along with all supporting documents will be submitted to the Irish Department of Justice. Ireland Investor Visa applications are only accepted during official intake “windows” that occur 4 times a year and last about 5 days each.

    The Immigrant Investor Programme will open for applications in 2019 as follows:

    Window 1: 4th March 2019–8th March 2019
    Window 2: 20th May 2019–24th May 2019
    Window 3: 19th August 2019–23rd August 2019
    Window 4: 21st October 2019–25th October 2019


    Receive application approval and complete the investment

    Once your investor visa application is approved, you will be required to complete the investment and submit proof that the investment has been made in full within one month.


    Receive Irish residency

    Once the investment has been transferred, you will need to visit Ireland to complete the residency permission process. You and your family members will be granted an initial 2 year residency permission. This residency permission is extended for 3 years. Thereafter, the residency permission is renewed every 5 years.


    Acquire Irish citizenship and passport

    To be eligible to apply for Irish citizenship, you must have been physically resident in Ireland for at least 12 months immediately prior to application, and must have been physically resident in Ireland for 4 of the preceding 8 years prior to application.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Why Our Clients Choose Us

    Trust Astons

    33 years of industry leadership and dominance - ASTONS is one of the original firms that molded the investment immigration industry. Founded in London in 1989, Astons has evolved into a family of global companies now headquartered in Dubai.

    Communicate on your terms

    Astons personally serves clients via our global footprint with offices in Istanbul (Turkey), Limassol (Cyprus), Dubai (UAE),Athens (Greece), Fort Lauderdale (USA) and Saint Julians (Malta). As well as, via text message, WhatsApp, Telegram, or email.

    Globally licensed firm

    ASTONS maintains licensed partnerships with the official governmental agencies operating the CBI and RBI programs. ASTONS operates in strict accordance with the laws and regulations of every country where we do business - cooperating with local regulators and government officials, ensuring no risks for you, your reputation or brand, and your investment.

    Earned reputation

    ASTONS, on average, helps nearly 300 clients a year. With historical totals of:
    More than 9,000 clients
    A clientele from over 50%+ of the world’s nationalities
    $2.6 Billion+ USD in immigration and real estate investments

    100% success rate

    100% of clients who pass the Astons’ due diligence review have their applications approved. The Astons due diligence team of seasoned UK lawyers and industry experts advance our clients’ interests by maintaining direct and constant contact with government officials - leveraging our experience, expertise and methodology of the British law school to conclude the immigration process in our client’s benefit.

    Client focused Service

    ASTONS offers only the best the world of investment immigration and luxury real estate has to offer. We expertly select citizenship and residence programs that can deliver solutions to virtually any client. As well as premium real estate in 11 countries to appease the most discerning buyer or investor. Our experts find the most advantageous solutions to address every client’s wants, needs, and demands.

    Internationally relied upon experts

    ASTONS experts are regularly relied upon by global media outlets and publications to provide expert insights and comments for investment immigration; including: Bloomberg, The Times, CNN, The Telegraph, El Tiempo, El Pais, El Economista, MSN UK, SchengenVisainfo and many others.

    World leader in immigration services

    ASTONS didn’t create the world of immigration investment, we perfected it for the benefit of investors. Astons consistently ranks as a TOP-25 firm in the international immigration industry by Uglobal Immigration Magazine, Best European Citizenship Advisor 2018, and Best Full-Service Investment Immigration Firm 2019.


    Schedule A Free Consultation

    Connect with Astons via our website, email, WhatsApp, or Telegram, to schedule a consultation. Together we’ll find the perfect residency by investment program for you and your family. In the consultation, we will:

    • Define and understand your wants, needs, goals, and demands
    • Create a list of the best strategies and solutions for you
    • Discuss and explain the various investment options available

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    Citizenship, residence permit and real estate investment expert
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