Facts about Ireland
Ireland is one of the most open and globally connected countries in the world. Its geographic location, convenient transport links to Europe, the US and the Middle East; and membership of the EU and Eurozone provides straightforward access to global markets.
Today, success is measured by Ireland’s continuing ability to attract cutting-edge Foreign Direct Investment as US, European and Asia-Pacific countries demonstrate their growing confidence in locating their overseas business there.
Overseas business and entrepreneurs from abroad find a welcome home in Ireland.
Ireland is a small country that has re-invented itself over the last forty years through the combined force of sheer determination and growing, vibrant ambition. Its young, highly educated workforce has seized the opportunity provided by Foreign Direct Investment and continues to transform Ireland into a dynamic, knowledge based economy for the 21st century.
- Ireland is a low bureaucracy, low tax and stable environment that is very supportive of entrepreneurs.
- Ireland is home to world-class companies and research centers in sectors such as ICT, life sciences, gaming, financial services and food & beverages.
- Ireland is an ideal location to live and work with great opportunities for business and a family-friendly environment.
- Almost 1,000 companies – including many of the renowned world brands – have placed Ireland at the centre of their European networks because of the blend of winning factors Ireland offers.
- Ireland also offers an attractive holding company regime, including participation exemption from capital gains tax on the disposal of shares in subsidiaries.
- You and your family enjoy European Residency status for your lifetime.
- You and your family enjoy the same rights to education as the Irish citizens and excellent health care system.
To be eligible for an Irish visa under the Start-up Entrepreneur Programme, your business plan must be for a ‘High Potential Start-up’, defined as a business which will:
- Introduce a ‘new or innovative’ product or service;
- Trade in international markets;
- If it is an existing business which you plan to relocate to Ireland, it should be less than six years old at the time of the application;
- Have the potential to create at least ten new jobs in Ireland within four years;
- Have the potential to generate a required minimum in sales within four years;
- Be based in Ireland;
- Be led by experienced managers;
- Have a defined necessary minimum of initial funding.