How to Immigrate to Ireland

Ireland has one of the most developed economies at a European level, and this state is also part of the European Union (EU). These two attributes attract great numbers of foreign citizens from EU and non-EU countries who want to immigrate to Ireland on a permanent basis and obtain the Irish citizenship. 

We are a dedicated team of immigration lawyers in Ireland who have a deep knowledge of the legislation and who can provide you with tailored assistance in obtaining various types of visas. In the process of relocating to Ireland the support of professionals is essential, which is why below we present you with the main services our immigration lawyers offer you. You can rely on us for guidance in applying for an array of visas and residence permits in accordance with your needs.

Types of Irish visas, obtained with the help of our immigration lawyer in Ireland

Those who want to immigrate to Ireland have several options, among which the residence permit is the most sought, as it allows foreign nationals to live and work here; in the case you will obtain a permanent residence permit, you will also have the opportunity to become an Irish citizen, by starting the procedure for Irish citizenship. Visas that can be obtained in Ireland for short-term relocation or for permanent relocation are issued as general purposes visas and special purposes visas. The following types of residence permits can be obtained in Ireland:

  • employment residence permits for non-EU citizens who need to immigrate to Ireland based on a labor contract;
  • student visas available for foreign students enrolled in Irish universities and which allow the holder to work based on a part-time contract in Ireland;
  • spouse or civil partner visa for non-EU and non-EEA citizens married to Irish nationals;
  • Schengen visas which are granted to persons seeking to relocate to Schengen countries, Ireland being one of them;
  • visas and residence permits for businesspersons and entrepreneurs – Ireland has several and our immigration lawyer in Ireland can help you obtain this type of visa.


One can also apply for special categories of visas that are prescribed by the Irish immigration law, for instance, those that are available for those who want to work here under certain professions (medical branch is a relevant example in this sense). The stamp 0 permit, visas for refugees, asylum seekers, and victims of domestic violence also enter the category of special permits. If you have questions about any of the residence permits presented above, our immigration lawyer in Ireland will answer them to the point.

Assistance in applying for a residence permit in Ireland

Because the residence permit allows foreign citizens to work and live here, our immigration lawyer in Ireland can help various categories of nationals apply for it. The Irish residence permit is required for foreign citizens coming from non-EU and non-EEA countries, and it is also necessary for those who want to stay in Ireland for a period longer than 90 days, as well as for foreigners who are at least 16 years old.

Persons who immigrate in Ireland and who have an age below 16 years old are not required to register with the Irish authorities. There are several documents that need to be provided by those seeking immigration to Ireland, and among these are the valid passport, the proof of insurance, the proof of sufficient funds for self-sustenance (a bank statement) and documents showing the reason for moving to Ireland.

Our immigration lawyer in Ireland can review your application and guide you on all the documents you need to provide when relocating here. We can also support you in preparing the papers you need to submit when applying for a visa for Ireland.

Guidance in obtaining an employment permit in Ireland

Foreign citizens from non-EU countries have the possibility to immigrate to Ireland based on an employment permit. However, they must meet certain criteria in order to qualify for such a visa. Among these are having an annual wage of at least EUR 30,000  (exceptions are available for certain categories of applicants where the minimum remuneration is EUR 27,000).

This Irish residence permit is issued for a period of 2 years and can be prolonged until permanent residence can be obtained. After becoming a permanent resident, the foreigner can verify the conditions for Irish citizenship if he or she considers this step as well. If you would like to immigrate to Ireland through a general employment permit, do not hesitate to discuss it with one of our lawyers.

Assistance in business immigration in Ireland

Entrepreneurs from foreign states have several investment options that allow them to permanently move to Ireland. There are special visas types that are created for business purposes and for investments in Ireland and one can apply if specific conditions are met. Among these, we present the following:

  • the Immigrant Investor Program which requires a minimum injection of capital of EUR 1 million;
  • the Start-Up Entrepreneur Program which requires a minimum investment of EUR 50,000;
  • the Irish Diaspora Loan Fund which also requires a minimum investment of EUR 1 million;
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts and endowments which require at least EUR 2 million, respectively EUR 500,000 injections in various projects.

You can obtain more information on programs for investors seeking to immigrate to Ireland from our immigration lawyers. Our team of lawyers can help obtain any of the visas prescribed for the above mentioned programs, and can also present the steps that will lead to the issuance of the visa.

How can one participate in the Irish Start-up Entrepreneur Program?

The Irish Start-up Entrepreneur Program (STEP) is one of the business programs through which investors can relocate to Ireland. It is addressed to any foreign investor residing outside the European Economic Area (EEA), as long as he or she meets the minimum criteria, one of them being to invest in a start-up business.

This means that the immigration to Ireland can be possible as long as the foreign businessman is able to start an innovative business project. The minimum investment injected into the project is of EUR 50,000, as presented above, and the business has to be registered in Ireland.

Some of the investments accepted refer to the creation of a new product or service that can be traded on international markets. The company can also be involved in the manufacturing of a new product or service and it must also be able to create at least 10 jobs on the Irish market and obtain EUR 1 million from the sales of the respective product or service in the first four years of activity.

Our immigration lawyer in Ireland can present the steps that you must follow when registering a business in this country, but you must know that the Irish corporate law provides one of the easiest registration procedures at a European level, an aspect which has been promoting foreign investments in the last years here.

Prior to participating in this program, foreign investors will receive from the Irish authorities a 12 months immigration permission that will allow them to arrive in Ireland for the purpose of preparing the application for the STEP program. Persons who will have successful applications will receive a residence permit available for 2 years. Under this program, one can relocate to Ireland with the close family members as well (children, spouse or partner).

At the end of the 2 years period, the investor can apply for another residence permit, issued for a period of 3 years and, after 5 years of living in Ireland, the investor (and his or her family) can qualify for permanent residency. For more information, you can always address to our team of immigration lawyers in Ireland.

Who can be an Irish citizen by birth?

If you want to relocate to Ireland on a permanent basis, with the purpose of becoming an Irish citizen, you will have to meet a set of requirements, based on the type of citizenship that you can obtain. One of the ways of becoming a citizen is by birth. However, here, you should know that two categories apply.

Thus, persons who were born in Ireland prior to 1st of January 2005 are automatically entitled to Irish citizenship by birth, but those who are born after this date can receive the citizenship only in certain situations that refer to the citizenship of their parents or their residency.

The latter situation was caused by a national vote through which the Irish population decided that citizenship should not be granted automatically to all persons who were born on the Irish territory, under the 27th Amendment of the Irish Constitution. Also, persons who were born in Northern Ireland prior to 1st of January 2005 can claim the Irish citizenship.

The right to Irish citizenship is automatically granted to children who have at least one Irish parent or a British parent, as long as the birth took place in Ireland (for the latter situation). If one of the parents is an Irish citizen, the right to Irish citizenship is granted regardless of where the birth took place.

Provided that your parents are neither Irish nor British citizens, the right to citizenship, as stipulated by the law application from 1st of January 2005 onwards, can be granted if one of the following situations apply: one of the parents has lived at least 3 years in Ireland prior to the birth of the child or if one of the parents has the right to live in Ireland or Northern Ireland without any restrictions.

If you are interested in the law on immigration to Ireland referring to citizenship by birth, you can address to our lawyer. Our immigration lawyer in Ireland can also present the legal procedures through which you can become an Irish citizen through other legal pathways, such as citizenship through naturalization or by descent.

Immigration lawyers in Ireland – why us?

If you want to immigrate in Ireland, you can rely on us for fast responses to all your queries completed by attention put in each case individually. We are a team of lawyers specialized in various Irish immigration issues, which is why your visa application will be in safe hands.

Apart from our experience, diligence and care for our clients are what recommend us. Do not hesitate to contact our immigration lawyer in Ireland who can guide you on the best type of Irish residence permit available in your case. Our team can also guide you in the process of obtaining the Irish citizenship.