What is the Irish Retirement Visa?
The Irish Retirement Visa is intended for foreign nationals who want to retire in Ireland. As Ireland is a very safe country with rich culture, it is a popular destination for those who wish to retire abroad.
If you are from an EU/EEA country, you can come visit Ireland for up to 90 days without having to apply for a visa. Retiring in Ireland, however, requires you staying in the country for more than three months and for that you need a visa.
The Irish Retirement Visa is one of Long Stay ‘D’ Visas, which means that if your application is successful, you will be able to stay in Ireland for more than 90 days. To be able to receive the Retirement Visa, you have to meet a number of eligibility requirements.
Once you receive the Retirement Visa, you have to renew it every year during the first five years you spend in Ireland. After that, you will be able to apply for a five year visa.
Who can apply for the Irish Retirement Visa?
Both EEA and non-EEA citizens can apply for the Irish Retirement Visa.
If you are an EEA/Swiss national, you can enter Ireland without a visa and stay there free from restrictions for three months. If after this time you want to stay in the country for longer, you have to apply for a Retirement Visa.
As a non-EEA national, you have to first apply for a visa to be able to travel to Ireland. Then, you need to apply for permission to remain in Ireland for longer than three months.
Regardless of your nationality, to be able to apply for the Irish Retirement Visa, you have to have enough funds and sickness insurance to ensure that you will not be a burden on the state.
If you are not sure whether you need a visa to enter Ireland, talk to our immigration lawyers. They will explain to you in detail what the first step of applying for the Irish Retirement Visa should be based on your individual circumstances.
What are the requirements for the Irish Retirement Visa?
The main requirement for the Irish Retirement Visa is that you have to be able to support yourself financially after moving to Ireland. You have to provide evidence showing that you earn at least €50,000 per year. If you are applying to retire to Ireland as a couple, you have to have a joint income of €100,000 or more per year.
In addition to that, you have to demonstrate that you have savings that you can use in case of an emergency. These savings should be equivalent to, for example, the price of a residential property in Ireland.
Some other requirements for the Retirement Visa include:
- You have private health insurance that covers the cost of potential medical treatment in Ireland
- You agree to abide by the laws of Ireland
- You intend to live in Ireland long-term
- You have not previously committed any serious crimes or breached conditions of your visa to Ireland
- You have a valid passport.
Keep in mind that if you come to Ireland on the Retirement Visa, you will not be able to receive any state benefits. You will also not be able to work until you apply for employment permission.
How to apply for the Irish Retirement Visa?
Regardless of whether you are from an EEA or non-EEA country, you need to apply for permission to retire in Ireland. If your application is successful, you will receive a Conditional Letter of Offer. This letter is granted on the condition that applicants meet any visa requirements.
If you are a citizen of an EEA country, you can travel to Ireland after receiving the permission. You can stay there without a visa for a period of up to three months. After that you need to have a valid Retirement Visa to remain in Ireland longer.
If you are coming from a non-EEA country, you cannot arrive in Ireland without a visa. You need to apply for a visa to Ireland from your home country. Only after your visa has been granted can you start preparing for your journey to Ireland.
Hire one of immigration consultants and they will guide you through each step of the application process. They will also answer all your questions and clear any doubts you might have.
What documents to include in the application?
To prove your eligibility for the Irish Retirement Visa, you need to include a number of documents in your application. These include:
- Clear copy of your passport
- Copy of your birth certificate
- Reason why you are applying for immigration permission in Ireland
- Details of any family members who live in Ireland
- Details of any Irish Associations
- Evidence showing that you meet the financial requirements of the visa
- Proof of having private medical insurance
- Police Certificate Clearance
- Health Declaration.
Depending on your individual situation, you might have to provide other documents. If you hire one of our immigration experts they will help you prepare a complete portfolio of evidence.
How can IAS help?
Looking for an immigration lawyer? Our team of expert immigration specialists are experts when it comes to Irish immigration law. They have helped many clients successfully apply for various visas to Ireland, including the Retirement Visa.
If you hire one of our experts, they can help you file and submit your visa application. Thanks to their help you can be sure that your application has been completed to the highest standard. Your consultant will also write a Letter of Representation for you, which can further strengthen your case.
Our team can also explain to you what the conditions of the Irish Retirement Visa exactly are to make sure you do not violate them by accident. If you have any questions about retiring in Ireland, our lawyers will give you the answers.
To find out more about how our experts can help, call us today on 0333 305 9375
Last modified on August 8th, 2023 at 11:00 am
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One of the eligibility requirements for the Irish Retirement Visa is having private medical insurance. Even if your application for the Retirement Visa is successful, you will not automatically receive the right to access public health services in Ireland.
You will be able to receive free public healthcare in Ireland after you become resident there. You can apply to become a resident in Ireland after living there for a certain qualifying period of time.
Generally speaking, if you hold the Retirement Visa to Ireland you have the right to drive in Ireland provided that you have a valid driving licence, recognised in Ireland.
If you are a citizen of a country that belongs to the EU, your licence is recognised for use in Ireland. That means that you are allowed to drive in Ireland without having to convert your driving permit to an Irish one. You can use the licence from your home country for as long as it remains valid.
However, if you are coming from a non-EEA country, you can use your foreign license for up to one year. After this, you have to apply for an Irish driving license. To get it you have to pass a theoretical and practical exam.
A good thing to note is that if you are aged 66 or more, you can use public bus and rail transport in Ireland for free.
UK citizens have the right to live, work, and study in Ireland without having to apply for any kind of visa. That means that if you are a UK citizen and you want to retire in Ireland, you can do so without any restrictions. As a UK citizen, you can also access sufficient resources and state services in Ireland such as healthcare.
That did not change even after Brexit because the UK has a Common Travel Area (CTA) agreement with Ireland.
Ireland is a great retirement destination. The pace of living there is perfect for those who want to settle down and lead a rather quiet lifestyle. Ireland is known for beautiful nature and stunning landscapes so there are plenty of things to see. The climate in Ireland is also good with mild temperatures all year round.
The biggest downside of retiring in Ireland is the fact that Ireland can be expensive. But if you have enough savings or income coming in, you can be sure to have an enjoyable time.