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Registration under Investor and Entrepreneur Schemes

To stay in Ireland for longer than 90 days to start a business or invest here, you must first apply for immigration permission.

If your application is successful, you will then be sent a letter with information about your permission including how to register with immigration in Ireland.

IMPORTANT: From 11 December 2017 the previous registration certificate (GNIB card) has been replaced by the new Irish Residence Permit (IRP).

Immigration permission

Apply for permission under Investor and Entrepreneur Schemes

The Investor and Entrepreneur Schemes may grant you permission to stay in Ireland if you start a business or make a significant investment here, subject to certain conditions and minimum values.

Read a longer description about how to apply.

Successful application

If your application is successful, you will be sent a letter that includes information about the immigration permission granted to you and what to do next.

This includes how to register with immigration.

If you applied for the Investor & Entrepreneur Schemes but have not yet received a response or a letter, contact INIS for an update.

Immigration registration

Before travelling to Ireland, check if you need a visa.

If you are granted permission to enter Ireland, an immigration officer at border control will stamp your passport and then add a date to the stamp.

You must visit a registration office in person before this date to:

  • Extend your immigration permission, ie for longer than 90 days
  • Register your details

If you don't register in time, you may have to leave the country.

Consult your letter for detailed information about how to register or read a summary of the registration process.

Help & information

Investor & Entrepreneur Schemes
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
Department of Justice and Equality
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
D02 XK70



Contact & help

If you have questions, check the support centre for help.

Updated: 18 December 2017

Page history

18 December 2017

Descriptions updated to reflect change from 'GNIB card' to Irish Residence Permit (IRP).

5 September 2016

Page published.