If you are an Irish or a European citizen, you have an automatic right to live and work in Ireland. If you are not from the European Union or from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you will likely need a special employment permit to work in Ireland.
After five years the applicant can apply for Irish citizenship and if successful, gain the right to live and work in the EU or the UK without restriction.
This advantage of being able to live freely within the United Kingdom follows from the UK and Ireland being part of the Common Trade Area, established almost 100 years ago. By comparison to the now-abolished UK Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa, this route offers an attractive alternative.
Spouses and dependent children up to the age of 23 can be admitted as well. Spouses should be able to work in Ireland without the need for an employment permit.
If a non-EEA national has held an employment permit for 5 years or more they may no longer require a permit to work in Ireland. The Department of Justice and Equality can establish whether the permit holder qualifies for temporary Stamp 4 immigration status.
For more information on setting up your company in Ireland and applying for a visa to live and work in Ireland, please don’t hesitate to contact us at e-lhr.
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