The Irish Golden visa scheme known as The Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP) was set up by the Irish Government in 2012 to offer Irish Residency to foreign nationals who make a qualifying investment.
The Irish Government created the Immigrant Investor Programme to facilitate investors and business professionals from outside of the EU to avail of the opportunities of investing and locating business interests in Ireland. The IIP scheme is set to create investment in Ireland and to enhance Ireland’s position as one of the world’s most globalised economies.
- Ireland is an Euro area member since 1 January 1999.
- Irish businesses have unhindered access to a market of over 510 million people.
- Irish citizens have the right to move, work and reside freely within the territory of other member states.
- Foreign Direct Investment in to Ireland have increased dramatically from just €16 million in 1972 to more than €30 billion
The Immigrant Investor Programme facilitates non-EEA nationals and their families who commit to an approved investment in Ireland to acquire a secure residency status in Ireland. The ultimate objective of this programme is job creation and facilitating further Irish economic development.
Overseas investors who wish to avail of the IIP may invest €1m in an individual enterprise in Ireland;
- €500,000 Philanthropic donation fund (no returns) .
- €2,000,000 in a Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs); or
- €1,000,000 in a Central Bank Approved Investment Fund. or
The Irish Diaspora Loan Fund is such an approved fund. The Irish Diaspora Loan Fund (IDLF) gives people the opportunity to invest in Ireland, while supporting Irish job creation. The IDLF provides lower cost, asset-secured finance to the Irish hotel sector. Loans are provided to suitable Irish hotels on more favourable terms compared with traditional banking institutions, and are secured against the hotel property. Loans are provided on a fixed 5 year term.
The Irish investor visa scheme is 50% cheaper than UK tier 1 investor visa scheme which requires £2 million investment requirement.
About half of all applications to finance the Irish Diaspora Loan Fund, a new immigrant investment programme requiring a minimum investment of €500,000, are from rich Russians, reported by IrishTimes.
An investor can commit €1 million to an Approved Investment Fund. These Investment Funds have been approved for the purposes of the Immigrant Investor Programme by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service and are regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. All funds have to be invested in Ireland and must represent equity stakes in Irish registered companies that are not quoted on any stock exchange. Secondly, the funds and fund managers will have to be regulated by the Central Bank to conduct business in Ireland. Thirdly, only fund managers with an established record of managing regulated funds will be accepted to manage funds in Ireland.
Irish Diaspora Loan Fund (IDLF)
The IDLF is a Central Bank of Ireland approved and regulated investment fund which gives overseas investors the opportunity to invest in Ireland, while supporting Irish job creation. The IDLF provides lower cost, asset-secured finance to the Irish hotel sector. Loans are provided to suitable Irish hotels on more favourable terms compared with traditional banking institutions, and are secured against the hotel property. Loans are provided on a fixed 5 year term.
Successful Investor Applicants are required to invest €1,000,000 into the IDLF for 5 years and 6 months. In return, the Investor (and nominated family members) will secure Residency Permission for Ireland, enabling freedom of movement within Ireland and the UK (both European Union members). Provided the applicant abides by the programme rules,this Residency Permission will be renewed every 5 years without limit.
- Must have no criminal convictions in any jurisdiction.
- Provide a statement of good character from their local police department.
- Clearly demonstrate a personal net worth of €2m.
- Invest €1,000,000 into the IDLF for 5 years, plus 6 months settlement period.
- Provide clear evidence of the source of the investment funds.
The Investor is not required to live in Ireland, however the Investor is required to visit Ireland for one day each year to maintain the Residency Permission. The Investor receives a 2 year Residency Permission. After this 2 year period, this Residency Permission is extended for 3 years, provided
a) The investor has not been a financial burden on Ireland.
b) Has not been convicted of a criminal offence.
Thereafter, the Residency Permission is renewed every 5 years without limit.
In return for lower cost finance, the hotel is required to spend the financial savings on upgrading the hotel asset (building an extension, refurbishing bedrooms, new facilities, etc), and also demonstrate to the IDLF the growth in employment during the 5 year term. This upgrade investment increases the value of the hotel, while also improving the tourism sector and creating new Irish jobs.
IDLF Investment Objective:
The investment objective of the Fund is to contribute to the recovery to the Irish economy. The Fund expects to achieve this objective through the creation and/or protection of employment in companies registered in and operating throughout Ireland which are focused on the hotel, student housing and/or serviced offices, whilst seeking capital preservation.
The initial focus of the Fund will be the hotel sector, student housing and serviced offices and the aim of investments will be to enhance and refresh the capacity of such facilities in a wider economic context, and in the context of the continued expansion of the tourism/ housing sector. A key requirement of the investments will be that they contribute to job creation and job retention on the part of the applicant hotel.
The Irish hotel sector is an important part of Ireland’s tourism offering, which in turn is a key element of Ireland’s overall economy. For reasons to do with the wider recession there has been little investment over the last eight years in the hotel sector and it is also carrying significant debt. The strong recovery in the Irish economy overall is also being experienced in the tourism sector, which has seen significant growth in 2013 and 2014, and which continued in 2015. There is a pressing need therefore for new investment in the hotel sector.
How to Apply for IDLF
- Complete application forms and initial compliance checks
- Application is made to INIS (Irish naturalisation and immigration office) and receive initial approval.
- Invest €1 million to fund
- Initial visa is granted
- Receive €1 million back after 5 years
You must show that you have lived in the State legally for at least 1825 or 1826 days (five years) over the last 9 years.
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