Non-EEA nationals can seem long-term residence by operating a self-employed business in Ireland by obtaining Business Permission under the Business Scheme.
Eligibility Requirements for Ireland Business Scheme Immigration
The applicant must fulfill the following conditions:
- Applicant must not be eligible for residence under the Start-up Entrepreneur Program.
- The applicant must invest not less than €300,000 of own money into the business in Ireland.
- The business must create or maintain jobs for not less than two EEA nationals in Ireland.
- The business must contribute to the Irish economy and must be a viable trading concern.
- The business should be adequate to enable the applicant to sustain self and family without seeking social assistance or employment in Ireland.
- The applicant must be a person of good character.
Validity of Residency
Business permission is granted with a validity of one year.
Renewal for Ireland Business Scheme Immigration
Application for renewal must be submitted at least one month prior to expiry of the permission along with the following documents:
- Audited financial statements.
- Proof of number of employees working for the business.
- Bank statements of the business for the preceding six months.
- Copy of work permits obtained for employees.
- Tax clearance certificate issued for the business.
Renewal will be granted for an additional period of 12 months.
Ireland Business Scheme for EEA or Swiss National
If you are an EEA or Swiss national you are entitled to come and work in Ireland either as an employed or a self-employed person.
EEA and Swiss nationals do not require a business permission to establish a business in Ireland and they do not require a visa to visit, travel to, live or work in Ireland.
Non-EEA nationals can establish a business in Ireland but they require permission to do so.
A non-EEA National who intends to come to Ireland in order to establish a business will require the permission of the Minister for Justice and Equality to do so (‘Business Permission’).
Non-EEA Nationals who wish to pursue a business activity (in a capacity other than as an employed person for whom an employer would have to obtain a work permit) must first obtain Business Permission.
Non-EEA nationals applying for business permission must create employment (other than their own) and show personal investment of €300,000 or more.
PLEASE NOTE: There are NO EXEMPTIONS to the €300,000 minimum investment requirement.
Documentation for Ireland Business Scheme
The applicant must submit the following documents:
- Valid identity proof.
- Character certificate from police authorities of all nations where applicant has resided for more than six months during the ten years preceding the application.
- A business plan endorsed by professional accountants or a firm offering to invest venture capital in the same.
- Proof of skills and qualifications to operate the business including educational qualifications, details of experience, and other relevant information.
- References from past employers.
- Original proof of availability of funds issued not later than two months from the date of filing of application.
- Details of premises from where the business shall function.
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