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The Republic of Ireland is uniquely positioned to be part of the European Union and the Common Travel Area with the United Kingdom.
Ireland has one of the fastest-growing economies in the Eurozone.
It has become an attractive destination for major global technology companies, as well as companies from a variety of other sectors.

Immigrants with work visas to retirement and investment visas are all welcome!

Types of Ireland Visas and Permits

There are 10 types of Ireland permits and visas, so it can take time to determine which suits your situation. Contact IBN Immigration Solutions, and we’ll assign a specialist in Ireland immigration visas to oversee your case.

Your specialist will review your needs so you can apply for the exact visa that meets your requirements.

Work Visas

Work Visas

You need a Work/Employment Permit to be gainfully employed in Ireland. There are many work visas, and your immigration specialist can help with them all.

The types of work visas include:

  • Critical Skills Employment Permit
  • General Employment Permit
  • Intra-Company Transfer Employment Permit
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Family and Partner Visas

Family and Partner Visas

Family and partner visas are for people who want to visit family members based in Ireland.

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Study Visa

Study Visa

The study visa is perfect for foreign nationals who want to continue their education in Ireland.

There are two options:

  • A short-stay study permit
  • A long-stay study permit

A long-stay study visa in Ireland is for those whose courses are longer than 90 days.

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Investor Permit

Investor Permit

An investor permit enables you to invest and live in Ireland for two years until this permit must be renewed.
You must have a minimum net worth of $2 million.

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Persons of independent financial means

Persons of independent financial means

People of independent financial means can apply for a Stamp 0.

The stamp allows you to live in Ireland for 12 months.
The stamp is renewable annually, provided you continue to meet the requirements of a person of independent financial means.

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Citizenship / Foreign Birth Register

Citizenship / Foreign Birth Register

The citizen permit is for people who want to become Irish citizens. They must apply for a certificate of naturalisation from the Irish Minister of Justice.

There are two options to become an Irish citizen. You can become an Irish citizen through:

  • Naturalisation
  • Foreign Birth Register
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Ireland Visa and Permit Requirements, Forms and Documentation

The various visas and permits to live in Ireland have different requirements regarding the forms and documents that make up an application pack.

Your Ireland immigration specialist knows precisely what forms are required for each visa and can even help you procure the correct documents for your visa type.

General requirements typically include the following:

  • A valid passport whose validity is way beyond the application date
  • Current passport photos
  • Invitation letter
  • Supporting documents, including marriage and birth certificates, if applicable

Ireland Permit and Visa Costs

Permits and Visas to visit Ireland have different costs, depending on the complexity of applications and the duration period, with longer-lasting visas typically costing more than shorter-term permits.

Your Ireland immigration specialist will advise you on which fees and expenses apply to your permit or visa.
Ireland Immigration Specialists are thorough in their cost determination so that you can properly budget for your stay in Ireland.

How to Apply for Ireland Permits and Visas

IBN Immigration specialists in Ireland permits help you navigate the application process, from initial consult to application submissions.

We help you save time and energy by handling most of the application process on your behalf (where allowed). Furthermore, your application pack is sent for an in-house quality check to ensure that everything you need to go to Ireland is correct and accounted for.

If you haven’t yet done so, contact IBN Immigration Solutions for assistance when you need to submit one of the various Ireland permits required to live and work in the country.

Frequently Asked Questions

South African passport holders don’t need a permit/visa to enter Ireland. However, you must submit the Work Visa Application before travelling to Ireland. In certain circumstances, pre-clearance may be required.

Applicants may qualify either for a Critical Skills Work Visa or a General Work Visa. The Critical Skills Work Visa is available to people who have received a job offer for a minimum of two years. The occupations must be on the Critical Skills Occupations List or have a minimum annual remuneration of €64,000.

In this case, the Intra Company Transfer (ICT) Work Visa may be an option for senior management, key personnel, or personnel undergoing training.

IBN can assist you and your employer with applications and advise on the correct Ireland Work Visa category.

We provide a full range of immigration services for Ireland. With our professional and trusted network of partners worldwide, we stay updated on policy issues and practicalities that govern immigration rules and regulations.

Our Ireland immigration specialists will first consult you to determine which permit meets your requirements. We advise on the required forms, documentation, and costs and compile the complete application on your behalf. We help you save time by gathering the documents needed to finalise your application.

Together with our expert partners in Ireland, we can help applicants in South Africa and Ireland achieve their goals.

Dependent family members (generally spouse and children) can accompany the Critical Skills Work Visa holder, and the spouse will be permitted to work in Ireland.

Yes, those in a life partnership, which includes cohabitation for at least two years, qualify as dependents.

Those in same-sex relationships (married or in a life partnership) also qualify as dependents.

Ireland offers residence permits via the Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP). The IIP has four investment options, ranging from €500,000 to €2 million.

Your specialist in Ireland permits and visas will help you choose the most suitable option.

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