IRELAND IMMIGRANT INVESTOR PROGRAM.
Ireland introduced its original investor visa program in 2012. It was expanded in 2013 and now offers applicants from outside the European Union the opportunity to obtain residency in Ireland by investing at least EUR1.0 million in an approved investment fund.
The Irish Golden Visa Program was introduced to encourage investment in Ireland and to grant residency to dynamic business people who have a proven track record of success. It is an ideal program for wealthy families seeking residency in Europe and is particularly attractive to business people, entrepreneurs and those seeking a first-class education for their children at a world-class university.
Investors must be of good repute, demonstrate a minimum net worth of EUR 2 million and have a clean criminal record.
Irish citizenship by investment is not available as a direct pathway for applicants. Investors must first go through the Immigrant Investor Program, reside in Ireland and apply for citizenship at a later date.
The Fund is a low-risk investment fund authorized and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. It offers foreign investors the opportunity to invest in Ireland in exchange for long-term residency.
The two main objectives of the fund are:
- ensure maximum protection of investors’ money through a conservative, low-risk credit investment policy
- issue innovative financing for a portfolio of Irish hotels that will increase employment over the life of the fund.
This is an asset backed mutual loan fund that provides a very secure option for investors seeking access to the Irish visa program for investors.
DISCOUNT FOR EDUCATION INVESTMENTS
Investors can receive a €50,000 discount on the amount required for investment if they have children who wish to attend university in Ireland. The benefits of a comprehensive education in Ireland are attractive. Ireland is English-speaking and has some of the best universities in Europe, offering unique opportunities to students and graduates. Two of the top four universities in Europe for entrepreneurship education are located in Dublin, namely Trinity College and University College Dublin. In addition, due to access to the EU market, graduates are welcomed by many of the world’s leading companies based in Ireland. These include companies such as Google, Facebook, Intel, Twitter, Citi, Huawei, Pfizer, Takeda, Novartis, Trend Micro, and Fujitsu.