What is the Irish Retirement visa?
Foreign nationals from non-visa-required countries can visit Ireland and stay for up to 90 days without needing a visa while those from visa-required countries can obtain a Short-Stay C visa. However, if you are thinking of long-term retirement in Ireland, you will need a Long Stay ‘D’ Retirement visa that allows you to stay in the country for the long term. The Irish Retirement visa allows foreign nationals who are financially dependent to retire to Ireland for more than 90 days.
The D Reside visa is only necessary for those who are from visa-required countries. Those from other countries can apply for a Conditional Letter of Offer and an Agreement Form for permission to retire to Ireland.
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Eligibility requirements for the Irish Retirement visa
Before you apply for a retirement visa, you must ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements.
The Irish government requires that you have sufficient resources to be able to support yourself financially and be of independent means. That means you must have an individual yearly income of €50,000 and access to a lump sum of money to cover any unexpected major expenses. The lump sum of money should equal the price of residential property in Ireland.
When applying for a Retirement Visa, you are to provide financial documentation in spreadsheet form with money/figures converted to euros. The spreadsheet which should show your income (pension income or readily accessible funds) and expenses each month should be certified by an Irish accountancy firm that is experts in the format of Irish and overseas banking/accountancy documentation.
Conditions for the Retirement visa
Before you apply for the Irish Retirement visa, you must be aware of the conditions attached to it as they will apply to you if you are granted the visa, and you enter Ireland on the visa.
The conditions include:
- You cannot access and aren’t entitled to State benefits/public services
- You must have private medical insurance to cover private health care and hospital stay
- You cannot have dependents or other family members on your retirement visa
- You must abide by the laws of the Republic of Ireland
These conditions apply to you regardless of if you are an EEA or non-EEA national who wants to retire to Ireland for more than three months. The same applies to Swiss nationals.
How to apply for the Retirement visa
The process to apply for the Irish Retirement visa differs by nationality. If you are from a visa-required country, the steps you should take differ from someone from a non-visa-required country.
Whether you are from a visa-required or non-visa-required country, you must first apply for permission with a letter and required documentation so you can obtain a Conditional Letter of Offer and an Agreement Form from Unit 2, Domestic Residence and Permissions Division. Your letter and documents are to be mailed to the following address:
Unit 2 Domestic Residence and Permissions Division,
Immigration Service Delivery
Department of Justice
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2 D02 XK70
Non-visa-required people can then travel to Ireland with only the Conditional Letter of Offer. On the other hand, visa-required nationals must move to the second step which is applying for a D-Reside visa.
To apply for a visa, you are to contact your local Irish visa office or Irish embassy to apply. You can also apply online on AVATs – the online Irish immigration application facility. When applying for this visa, you are to include your Conditional Letter of Offer and supporting documents.
What to expect after obtaining a D-Reside visa
With the D-Reside visa and Conditional Offer Letter, you can travel to Ireland and request permission to enter the State at a point of entry. An immigration officer at the airport or other port of entry will peruse your visa and documents and may ask you some questions to decide if to allow you to enter the State on your retirement visa.
Ensure you request permission to enter Ireland with your D-Reside visa and not any other Irish visa. If you enter on any other visa, you will not be able to complete the next step which will then allow you to reside as a retiree in Ireland.
Note that the D-Reside visa is only a type of pre-clearance and doesn’t guarantee that you can reside as a retiree in Ireland. To retire, you must take one more step.
When you arrive in Ireland, you are to send the signed Agreement Form that came with your Conditional Letter of Offer along with your passport to the same address you mailed the application to obtain them in the first place. Unit 2 will stamp your passport and send it back to you.
When you receive your stamped passport, you must go to the registration office in Dublin or at your local Garda station to register your immigration permission.
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Required documents for the retirement immigration permission
Some of the documents that will help your retirement visa application are:
- A copy of all pages of your passport (including any visa you used to enter the State)
- A copy of your birth certificate
- A copy of your marriage certificate
- A letter detailing the reason for requesting permission to retire to Ireland
- Details of all family members resident in Ireland and their legal status in the State
- Irish Associations evidence, such as details family members who are Irish citizens
- Evidence of all finances available to you, such as bank statements
- Proof of your finances verified by an Irish-based accountant listing
- Proof that you have obtained private health insurance with full cover for private health services
- Police clearance certificate
- Health declaration
- Any other document or information that can support your application
What countries are non-visa-required?
Most countries in the EEA are not visa-required for the purpose of entering Ireland. If you are from one of these countries, you don’t require an Irish visa to enter the State.
|Andorra||Antigua and Barbuda||Argentina||Australia|
|Finland||France||Germany||Great Britain (UK) – Dependent Citizen|
|Great Britain (UK) – National (overseas)||Great Britain (UK) – Overseas citizen||Great Britain (UK) – Subject||Greece|
|Hong Kong (SAR)||Hungary||Iceland||Ireland|
|Portugal||Republic of Cyprus||Romania||Saint Kitts and Nevis|
|Saint Lucia||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Samoa||San Marino|
|Solomon Islands||South Africa||Spain||St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha|
|Sweden||Taiwan Province of China||Tonga||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Tuvalu||United Arab Emirates||United States of America||Uruguay|
|Vanuatu||Vatican City (Holy See)|
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On average, processing the application for the retirement visa takes four months.
However, delays may occur if there are many applications before yours because applications are processed in the order they are received. Incomplete applications and missing documents can also delay application processing.
If you wish to retire in Ireland while still working, you require permission to work. However, getting this permission largely depends on your residency and nationality. If you are eligible to work, you will have the same employment rights for full-time employment as every other person with employment authorisation in the state, regardless of your age.
Your duration of stay depends on what was approved. The retirement visa is a Long Stay visa, so you should get more than three months (likely a year) approved. However, you are required to renew your retirement visa every year for the first five years that you stay in the country. After five years, you can apply for a five-year visa, and after ten, you can apply for permanent residency.