Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. Geopolitically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland (officially named Ireland), which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. In 2011, the population of Ireland was about 6.6 million, ranking it the second-most populous island in Europe after Great Britain. As of 2016, 4.8 million live in the Republic of Ireland, and 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.


Republic of Ireland is a member of the European Union, having acceded to its precursor entity, the European Economic Community [EEC], in 1973.  The republic today ranks amongst the wealthiest countries in the world in terms of GDP per capita and in 2018 was ranked the sixth most developed nation in the world by the United Nations’ Human Development Index.


In 2012, the Irish Government created the Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP) to facilitate investors and business professionals from outside of the EU to avail of the opportunities of investing and locating business interests in Ireland, in order to support investment in Ireland and to enhance Ireland’s position as one of the world’s most globalized economies. The Immigrant Investor Programme facilitates non-EEA nationals and their families who commit to an approved investment in Ireland to acquire a secure residency status in Ireland. The ultimate objective of this programme is job creation and facilitating further Irish economic development.


Continent Europe
Capital Dublin
Official Language Irish/English
Population 4,803,748
Total Area 69,797km2
GDP $283 Billion
Visa-Free Countries 160+
Passport Rank 4th
Currency Euro €


Ireland Visa Benefits


STUDY in one of the best education systems in the world for higher education achievements & BENEFIT from Ireland’s investment in the education system. CHOOSE from over 5000 internationally recognised qualifications.

Ireland Passport Benefits


ACCESS world-class research opportunities in world-leading programmes. CONNECT with career opportunities with leading global companies located in Ireland. ACHIEVE your ambitions in Europe’s most entrepreneurial country.

Ireland Tax Benefits


JOIN the 35,000 international students from 162 countries enjoying Ireland’s vibrant culture. LIVE in an English speaking country. EXPERIENCE living in one of the friendliest and safest countries in the world.


The Immigrant Investor Programme does NOT provide for preferential access to naturalization for successful applicants. As per the provisions of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Acts 1957-2004, the legislation requires applicants for Irish naturalization to be physically resident in Ireland for the 12 months prior to application, and to be physically resident in Ireland for four of the preceding eight years.

The Immigrant Investor Programme

A summary of the 12-week process

There are four steps to the Immigrant Investor Programme – Apply, Approved, Invest, Reside

  • Apply, without committing any investment funding, on the basis of one of the four investment options
  • Get Approval for your investment from the Evaluation Committee
  • When your application is approved, Invest in your preferred investment option
  • When you have invested your funds, you and your nominated family members, will be issued with permission to Reside in Ireland


Investors who wish to undertake one of four eligible investments in Ireland:

  • Enterprise Investment (minimum of EUR 1 million for 3 years)
  • Investment Fund (minimum of EUR 1 million for 3 years)
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts – REIT (minimum of Euro 2 million for 3 years)
  • Endowment (minimum of EUR 500 thousand philanthropic contribution)


Month 1-2

Step 1

The completed investor application, notarized supporting documentation and application fee are submitted by the Advisor to the government agent.

Step 2

The government agent performs background checks and documentation validation procedures (approx. 1 week)

Step 3

The application will undergo an anti-money laundering compliance review by the government agent prior to the application being submitted to the Department of Justice.

Step 4

If there are no requests for further information, allow the Department of Justice a processing period of 4 months.

Month 3

Step 5

The Department of Justice will issue a provisional letter of approval, subject to the investor’s commitment to the government agent minimum investment being paid.

Step 6

This IIP application is approved by INIS in preparation for the investment to be made

Month 4

Step 7

Once the letter of approval has been issued, the investor pays within 1 month.

Step 8

The government agent confirms that the investment has been received and sends confirmation to the Department of Justice and to the Advisor.

Step 9

The investor then visits Ireland in person to complete their Residency Permission process.

Step 10

The government agent will meet the Investor at Dublin Airport, and will arrange & accompany him/her to a private appointment with the Department of Justice, whereupon the Residence Permit will be issued.


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Ireland Citizenship by Investment


€ 500,000

Time To Residence

3 Months

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Investor, spouse, dependents up to age 24


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