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- What is the Irish Retirement Visa?
- What are the eligibility requirements for the Irish Retirement Visa?
- What is the application process for the Irish Retirement Visa?
- What supporting documents do I need to provide?
- Can I use public health services in Ireland?
- How can IAS help?
- Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Irish Retirement Visa?
The Irish Retirement Visa is intended for non-EEA citizens who want to come to Ireland to retire. It is a Long Stay ‘D’ Visa, which means that its holders can spend more than 90 days in the country.
During the first five years you spend in Ireland on the Retirement Visa you have to renew your permit every year. After this period you will be able to apply for a five-year visa.
European Union and Swiss nationals have the right to come to Ireland for up to 3 months without a visa. To be able to stay longer, they have to satisfy certain conditions such as not becoming a burden to the State and having private health insurance. If you can demonstrate that you have enough funds to support yourself after the initial three months, you will be able to stay in Ireland longer and spend your retirement there. To prove your finances to the Irish authorities, you can, for example, provide evidence showing that you are receiving a pension.
Individuals from visa-required countries who would like to retire to Ireland will first need to apply for an Irish D Reside visa to enter Ireland. Once in the country, foreign nationals who are planning on retiring to Ireland can then submit their Retirement visa application from within the State.
What are the eligibility requirements for the Irish Retirement Visa?
To be able to obtain the Retirement Visa to Ireland, you have to meet a number of requirements. The main one is that you have sufficient resources to be able to support yourself financially throughout your retirement in Ireland. You need to be earning at least €50,000 per year, or have a joint income of €100,000 or more per year if you are applying as a couple.
You will also need to have a lump sum in savings that you can use to cover expenses in the event of an emergency. This amount of money will need to be equivalent to the value of residential property in Ireland.
Additional eligibility requirements for the Irish Retirement Visa include:
- You have private medical insurance
- You intend to live in Ireland long-term
- You have a valid passport
- You commit to obeying the law
- You have not previously committed serious crimes
- You have not previously violated the conditions of your Irish visa
If you come to Ireland on a Retirement Visa, you will not be able to work unless you obtain employment permission. You will also not have the right to access state benefits and will not be able to sponsor family members to join you in Ireland.
What is the application process for the Irish Retirement Visa?
To apply for the Irish Retirement Visa, you will need to complete and submit an online application form in which you provide personal details and state what the reason for your travel to Ireland is.
After you submit your application form, you have to pay the visa application fee of either €60 for a single-entry visa or €100 for a multiple-entry one. Make sure to keep the receipt as you will need to include it in your portfolio of evidence.
Once you make the payment you have to start gathering documents that prove your eligibility for the visa. If you hire one of our lawyers, they will explain to you in detail what evidence you need to provide.
When you have all the documents ready, you need to send a complete portfolio of evidence for processing. You can find out which local visa office to send it to by checking your application summary sheet displayed after submitting the online application form.
The application process for the Irish Retirement Visa can be complex but if you hire one of our lawyers, they will guide you through each step, making sure everything is clear.
What supporting documents do I need to provide?
As part of the application process for the Irish Retirement Visa, you have to submit a number of supporting documents that confirm your eligibility for it. These include:
- Your valid passport
- A copy of your birth certificate
- A copy of your marriage certificate (if applying as a couple)
- Application letter in which you explain why you want to come to Ireland
- Details of any family members who live in Ireland or other EU member states
- Financial documents which prove you have the funds necessary (ex. payslips, bank statements, etc)
- Financial evidence verified by an Irish-based accountant that lists yearly income and any financial liabilities you may have
- Proof of having private medical insurance
- Police Certificate Clearance
- Details of any Irish Associations you belong to
Nevertheless, depending on your individual circumstances, you might have to submit other documents too. The failure to provide some of the required documents can lead to the processing of your application being delayed.
Can I use public health services in Ireland?
Unfortunately, if you come to Ireland on an Irish Retirement Visa, you will not automatically have the right to use state services like other Irish citizens. Depending on how much money you earn, you might be able to get a medical card that exempts you from having to pay for certain health services.
After living in Ireland for a while, you might be able to apply for residency. Individuals who are classified as ordinary residents in Ireland by the Health Service Executive (HSE), will be entitled to a range of health services for free or subsidized by the Irish government. To qualify for it, however, you have to be ‘ordinarily resident in Ireland,’ which means you have been living in the country for more than a year.
Moreover, those who are ordinarily resident in Ireland might qualify for a medical card if they are getting a social security pension from another EU/EEA country or if they are paying social insurance there.
How can IAS help?
Whether you have Irish ancestry and would like to return to the birthplace of your ancestors or are just enamored with the beautiful emerald isle of Ireland, here at IAS we are committed to helping you immigrate to Ireland. Thanks to their professional help you can make your dream of retiring in Ireland come true.
Our lawyers can assess your eligibility for the Retirement Visa and can explain to you the application process in detail. They can answer all your questions and clear any doubts you might have.
By hiring an immigration lawyer you can make sure that your case is as strong as possible. This way you can maximize the chances of your visa application being approved.
Call us today on +1 844 290 6312 to find out more about how we can help.
Last modified on August 18th, 2023 at 4:20 am
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Obtaining a Retirement Visa to Ireland does not automatically grant you permission to work in Ireland. Nevertheless, you can apply for employment permission to gain the right to work.
There is no upper age limit regarding the ability to apply for employment permission so you might be able to work throughout your retirement.
EEA refers to the member states of the EU, as well as three countries that belong to the European Free Trade Association, namely Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. EEA citizens can move to Ireland without having to apply for a visa but initially, they can remain there for up to 3 months without restrictions.
Those who want to retire in Ireland and stay there longer than the 3 months have to prove that they have enough funds to support themselves financially. If you demonstrate that, for example, you are employed, self-employed, or you are receiving money from a pension, you will be able to spend the rest of your retirement in Ireland.
Non-EEA citizens who want to retire in Ireland have to prove that they earn at least €50,000 per year or €100,000 when applying as a couple. This requirement does not apply to EEA citizens, however. There is no specific amount that EEA citizens wanting to retire in Ireland have to have. Immigration officials review each case individually and decide whether the amount an EEA has is enough.
Non-EEA citizens who want to retire in Ireland have to show that they have an annual income of at least €50,000 per year. This amount increases if you are applying to retire in Ireland as a couple, however, you need to have a joint income of at least €100,000 per year.
In addition to this financial requirement, you have to have access to a lump sum of money that you can use to pay for any sudden expenses. This sum should be high enough to cover the price of a house or an apartment in Ireland.
The Irish Retirement Visa belongs to the category of Long Stay ‘D’ Visas to Ireland, which means that its holders can stay in the country for more than 90 days. During the first 5 years of living in Ireland on the Retirement Visa, you have to renew your permit every year. After that, you can apply for a visa valid for five years.
If you were born on the island of Ireland (this includes Northern Ireland) before January 1st, 2005, you will automatically be granted Irish citizenship. As an Irish citizen, you will not need to apply for an Irish visa to retire anywhere on the island.