Moving to Ireland from US

Ireland is one of the most sought countries for relocation not only among European citizens but also among the nationals of countries outside Europe. Among these, US citizens can move to Ireland without much hassle, however, they need to comply with various requirements and apply for the visa that matches their relocation reason.

Those interested in moving to Ireland from US can obtain the support of our immigration lawyers who can guide them in applying for the visas they are interested in. You can rely on our legal team if you want to immigrate to Ireland. You can also be represented by our lawyer if you want to know more on the Irish citizenship.

Traveling to Ireland from the USA without a visa

Ireland and the USA have specific arrangements under which US citizens can travel to Ireland without a visa as long as their stay does not prolong for more than 3 months. If the stay exceeds this timeframe, a visa will be required.

Once a visa needs to be applied for, US citizens will need to comply with various requirements with respect to immigration to Ireland.

Types of visas when moving to Ireland from US

The visas issued by the Irish immigration authorities to US citizens depend on the reason for relocation. A US citizen can move to Ireland for one of the following motives:

  1. for study purposes with the possibility of converting the visa into an employment one;
  2. for work reasons, however, there are specific conditions to respect in order to be granted this type of visa;
  3. for business purposes, as Ireland has an Irish residence permit by investment program, however, it requires a substantial injection of capital in the economy;
  4. for retirement reasons by meeting specific income criteria for US citizens who want to move to Ireland alone or with their spouses.

The visa that allows moving to Ireland from US for the long-term is the D-visa. Based on this visa, one is entitled to apply for permanent residency in Ireland.

Our immigration lawyer in Ireland can explain the conditions for moving to this country from the USA based on the reasons mentioned above. We can also help you with preparing the documents related to immigration.

Moving to Ireland as a US citizen based on a work visa

Many non-EU citizens consider it is hard to relocate to Ireland for work, however, by meeting the legal requirements imposed by the immigration policies, the procedure is quite simple. The same regulations apply for citizens moving to Ireland from US for employment. The main requirements for obtaining the D-visa based on a work contract is related to the salary.

At the moment, there are two programs for non-EU citizens who want to move to Ireland based on employment. The first one is the General Employment Permit for which a minimum salary of 30,000 euros per year is required. The second one is the Critical Skills Employment Permit Scheme under which a minimum salary of 60,000 euros per year must be obtained from the employer.

If you want to move to Ireland based on a work permit, you can discuss your options with one of our lawyers who can provide in-depth information. You can request details from our lawyer on the types of documents you should prepare at the moment when you want to apply for an Irish residence permit.

Moving from the USA to Ireland based on investment and retirement

Other options for moving to Ireland from the US are the Golden Visa scheme and retirement. Each immigration method has its requirements. For relocating to Ireland by applying for residency by investment, a minimum of 1 million euros must be injected in real estate, in an Irish company or real estate investment trusts or bonds issued by the government.

This option is available for high net worth individuals seeking to obtain Irish citizenship and the investment must be maintained for at least 3 years. Then, permanent residency can be obtained after 5 years.

When it comes to retiring to Ireland as a US citizen, the applicant must have an annual income of at least 55,000 US dollars or 50,000 euros. If the applicant is moving to Ireland with the spouse, the minimum income per year is 110,000 US dollars or 100,000 euros.

Our immigration lawyer in Ireland can help foreign citizens who want to move to this country based on one of the schemes above. If you are interested in moving to Ireland from US, you can rely on us.

Reasons for moving to Ireland from US 

Ireland is one of the most important economies in Europe and it offers high living standards, a good business environment, and well-remunerated jobs. According to a survey issued by the Irish Central Statistics Office, numbers speak for themselves:

  • in 2016, a total number of 80,000 expats were living in Ireland;
  • 5,500 of these immigrants were from the United States;
  • 10,000 Australians were living in Ireland in 2016;
  • almost 14,000 UK citizens were living in Ireland in the same year.

If you are interested in moving to Ireland from US, do not hesitate to contact us and discuss all your options with one of our immigration lawyers.