Citizens of the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) can move, live and work freely in Ireland. Below are some of the residency options for non EEA citizens
Through your Family
- If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Ireland, you are probably eligible for residency. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.
- If your Adult Child is a citizen of Ireland, they may be able to sponsor you to live in Ireland
- See the citizenship section below for more information on residency or citizenship based on descent.
Ireland has a great Employment Permits Online System which makes finding out information and applying for your work permit easy. The type of work permit you need to apply for strongly depends on what position you’ll be working in. People working in a field where Ireland is experiencing a shortage, such as scientists, medical staff and engineers, can apply for a ‘critical skills’ permit. The Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List can be found here.
Under the Irish Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP), if you invest more than €1 million of your own money (not financed or from a loan) in an Irish approved investment for a minimum of 3 years, you can apply for a residency visa. Applications can only be submitted on very specific times and dates, which can be found on the link above.
Person of Independent Means (Stamp 0)
If you can prove an annual income of €50,000 and you have a lump sum of money to cover any unforeseen major expenses, you may be eligible for a visa as a person of independent means.
Start-up Entrepreneur Program
Are you starting a high potential business? Why not start it up in Ireland and acquire a secure residency status in Ireland? This programme was established by the Irish Government in 2012 to stimulate productive investment in Ireland.
Youth Mobility Visa
- If you are a citizen of Australia, Argentina, Canada, Chile, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea or New Zealand and between the ages of 18-30, you may be eligible under the Working Holiday Maker program.
- If you are a US Citizen, you may be eligible under the Working Holiday Visa program. Applicants must be over 18 years of age and enrolled in postsecondary education or have graduated from it in the last year.
You can get a permission to study in Ireland at approved institutions. More information can be found here