Notice | Note for Information of Prospective Applicants for the Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP)

Further to recent correspondence received in this Office on the question of the eligibility of applicants to the Immigrant Investment Programme (IIP) to rely on loaned funds for the purposes of making investments in projects under the IIP, the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (INIS) wish to clarify that under no circumstances will a loan provided to the applicant for the purpose of making an IIP application be considered an appropriate source of funding. As part of the IIP application Process, INIS will undertake a comprehensive examination of the sources of proposed funding and will require significant supporting documentation attesting to the source of the funds and appropriate independent verification of said documentation from suitably qualified legal advisors in the relevant jurisdictions. If an applicant seeks to rely on loaned funds for the purposes of an IIP application, the application will be refused. During the week commencing 8th October 2018, INIS has held a series of meetings with key stakeholders to emphasise the importance of project sponsors, agents and applicants all understanding and ensuring compliance with the source of funding requirements of the IIP.


Notice to Applicants: Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP)

The Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP) is open to non-EEA nationals who commit to an approved investment in Ireland. The Immigrant Investor Programme requires a minimum investment of €1m, from the applicants own resources and not financed through a loan or other such facility, which must be committed for a minimum of three years.

Investors should note that the Irish Government has no responsibility for the performance of an investment. Investments are a private matter between the parties concerned and it is the responsibility of the investor, as in any business decision, to assess the potential success of their venture. Approval of an application under the Immigrant Investor programme is not an endorsement of a particular project. What it means is that the investor has been approved and the investment is of a nature that meets the objectives of the Immigrant Investor Programme.

Recently this office has had enquiries in relation to Visas and the Transfer of Investors between approved projects. Clarifications to these queries are set out below.


Any person who is Visa required and wishing to register their Immigration Permission under the IIP must make an application for a Single Entry D reside Visa only. As and from the 14 August 2017 no other Visa type will be accepted when registering an IIP Immigration Permission i.e. A BIVS or C Visit Visa.

If applying for a re-entry visa the applicant must complete an application form and provide a valid passport, valid Irish Residence Permit (IRP) or GNIB card, 2 Irish Passport Size photographs and the appropriate visa fee i.e. €60 (Single) or €100 (Multi). In the case of an application for a visa in respect of a minor child, under 16 years, the original birth certificate with translation by a certified translation company should also be provided.

Investor Transfers

In response to the issue of transferring between projects, the Evaluation Committee wishes to state that the Immigrant Investor Programme guidelines do not provide for the transfer of investors between projects. However due to the commercial sensitivities around the closing of some projects it was decided that where projects were frustrated, or did not proceed for commercial reasons, through no fault of the investor, then a single opportunity to transfer to another approved project will be permitted. The written approval of the Evaluation Committee will be required before any transfer completes.

In exercising this option, the investor must not frustrate the completion of the project for which their current IIP approval was granted and a letter from the proposer/developer of the approved project must be provided confirming this. The investor may only transfer to an approved project at a similar investment threshold, i.e. €1.0m project to a €1.0m project. An investor may not transfer to a project that was not approved at the time of their original application. If a project does not commence through no fault of the investor then a single opportunity to transfer to a new project will be afforded subject to the new Project being considered and approved by the Evaluation Committee.

It should be noted that an investor may withdraw from an approved project and not register the immigration permission granted. It is also open to an investor to withdraw and submit a new application for a different Investment option; however where it is established that they frustrated a previous project or caused that project to fail then no immigration permission will be granted and no further applications will be accepted from them to the IIP programme.

Finally, please be advised that as and from the 01/01/2018 no application for transfer will be accepted and any investor wishing to transfer between projects will be required to submit a new application with the appropriate fees etc.


Submission of Applications - Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP) and Start Up Entrepreneur Programmes (STEP).

To facilitate the work of the Evaluation Committee, applications for the Immigrant Investor and Start Up Entrepreneur Programmes will be accepted during the following periods only:


1.     10 January 2018 - 24 January 2018

2.     14 March 2018 - 28 March 2018

3.     09 May 2018 – 23 May 2018

4.     15 August 2018 - 29 August 2018

5.     10 October 2018 – 24 October 2018


The application is a two part process:

1) Applications, including a signed copy of the new 2018 Application Form, supporting documents and Business Plan, must be submitted by email to IIP& – to arrive no later than 5.00pm on the advertised closing date. This email database will stop receiving emails promptly at 5.00pm on the closing date each time so it is advisable to email your application well before the deadline to ensure that it is received on time.

The Subject Bar of the emails must clearly identify the Name of the Applicant, Project Name and IIP Programme. Due to size restrictions, it may take several emails to submit the full list of documentation and therefore please ensure that all parts are delivered before the 5.00pm deadline. Where multiple emails are required, please ensure that all documents are indexed and editable to enable distribution.

2) The Original Signed Application Form, 2 x Colour photographs for the applicant and their nominated family members and the Application fee of €1,500 must be forwarded by Post to:


Investment and Start Up Entrepreneur Programmes
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
13- 14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
D02 XK70


– to arrive no later than 5.00pm on the advertised closing date.

Please note the following:

  • You must read the updated versions of the application Guidelines before completing IIP applications for 2018. A further notice will issue on this.
  • All applications, both original posted documents and email documents must be received by 5.00 pm on the advertised closing date.
  • Applications or parts thereof, not received on time and that do not include all of the relevant documents, the correct application fee or where the investment amount is not met cannot be considered and will be returned without being processed.
  • Detailed information on the application process and application forms are provided in the links below. The application process as set out is fairly straightforward and therefore the assistance of agents is optional.
  • Finally, please note that lobbying/canvassing will disqualify applicants and the associated project.



If you have questions that are not answered sufficiently on this web page regarding either the Immigrant Investor Programme or the Start Up Entrepreneur Programme, please feel free to contact us.


Related Links / Forms :

Document checklist for IIP and STEP registration

Sample Business Plan Template

Application Form for Start-up Entrepreneur Programme

Application Form for Immigrant Investor Programme

Guidelines for Start-up Entrepreneur Programme

Guidelines for Immigrant Investor Programme

Immigrant Investor Programme - Guidelines for Funds

Immigrant Investor Programme - Terms of Reference for External Review

Updated: 12 October 2018


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