Investor and Entrepreneur Schemes


Due to the significant increase in the number of applications being received for the Immigrant Investor and Start Up Entrepreneur programmes the Evaluation Committee at its most recent meeting, decided that applications for the next evaluation meeting will not be accepted until the 2nd January 2017.

The Committee understands the urgency of all applications and this period will allow the Committee the opportunity and time required to deal with the applications currently on hand.



A dedicated e-mail address for queries (but not applications) about the investor and entrepreneur schemes has been set up at


Please note that as and from 18 July 2016 the following Investment Terms have been temporarily suspended from the options available under the Immigrant Investor Programme


  1. €1,000,000 Investment in the Immigrant Investor Bond
  2. €950,000k Mixed Investment - €500k invested in the Immigrant Investor Bond and a minimum purchase of €450k on a residential property.


Immigrant Investor Programme

The Immigrant Investor Programme is open to non-EEA nationals and their families who commit to an approved investment in Ireland. Approved participants in the Programme and their immediate family members will be granted rights of residence in Ireland which will allow them to enter the State on multi-entry visas and to remain here for a defined period but with the possibility of ongoing renewal. The Programme will facilitate participants, over time, in establishing a permanent relationship with Ireland.

Please note that the next closing date for receipt of applications under the IIP and STEP programmes is 5.00pm Wednesday 14 September 2016.

 Each application will be examined on its merits in a qualitative examination by an independent interdepartmental committee. The investment has to be good for Ireland, good for jobs and in the public interest, the funds invested have to be legally acquired and owned by the investor (i.e. not borrowed). The person has to be of good character.

In order to be considered for the programme the investor must propose an investment in one or more of the following categories:-



Investment Terms

Immigrant Investor Bond

€1million invested in the bond at 0% interest rate

Enterprise investment

€500,000 invested in an Irish Enterprise for 3 years

Investment Funds

€500,000 invested in an approved fund.  For further information please see links below.

Real Estate Investment Trusts

A minimum investment of €2 million in any Irish REIT that is listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.  The €2 million investment may be spread across a number of different Irish REITs.

Mixed investment

Investment in a residential property of minimum value of €450,000 and a straight investment of €500,000 into the immigrant investor bond, giving a minimum investment of €950,000. The level of investment into the bond would no longer be linked to the value of the property purchased.


€500,000 philanthropic donation by an individual (€400,000 where 5 or more individuals pool their endowment for one appropriate project).


Residence Permission granted to successful applicants: Successful applicants can expect to receive residence permission for 5 years. An initial permission will be granted for two years and following a review at that point to ensure the investor is continuing to meet the conditions of the scheme (i.e. the investment has not been withdrawn, they continue to be law abiding and self sufficient), a further period of 3 years will be granted. After this initial 5 years period, the investor will be free to apply for residence in 5 year tranches.  The investor is not required to establish actual residence in Ireland. The Immigrant Investment Programme is about rights of residence that the investor may exercise as their business and family needs dictate. No minimum residence requirement is set other than the stipulation that the persons concerned should visit Ireland at least once in every 12 month period.


Anyone interested in this programme should read the Guidelines for the Immigrant Investor Programme which outlines the requirements of the programme and the application process. The guidelines remain valid except in respect of the changes in terms and conditions outlined above.


The Guidelines and Application Form are available at the bottom of this page.


Related Links / Forms :

Sample Business Plan Template 

Application for Entrepreneur Programme  

Application for Immigrant Investor Programme 

Guidelines for Immigrant Investor Programme  

Guidelines for Start-up Entrepreneur Programme

Immigrant Investor Programme - Guidelines for Funds


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