Become an Irish citizen-2

Become an Irish citizen-2

There are many benefits to being an Irish citizen, not least that you acquire the right to remain on the Emerald Isle indefinitely. You also have the right to carry an Irish passport, travel without restrictions across the European Union, and vote in Irish elections.

The benefits of being an Irish citizen:

Enjoy fundamental rights as set out in the Irish Constitution
Live, work, study and travel in Ireland and the UK
Live, work, study and travel in the EU/EAA
Access free education
Vote in Irish and European elections
Be elected to government
Enjoy diplomatic support outside of Ireland
Hold dual/multiple citizenships
Pass Irish citizenship to your children
We explore each of these benefits in greater detail below.

Fundamental rights

When you become an Irish citizen, you are guaranteed certain fundamental rights under the Irish Constitution. These are many and varied, but work to protect you, your family and your freedom.

These rights include:
Equality before the law
The right to life
Personal liberty
Freedom of expression
Religious freedom
Freedom to travel in Ireland
Property rights
The right to privacy
Family rights

It is easy to take these fundamental rights for granted, but they are by no means available in every country. People face persecution and oppression across the globe, perhaps because they have tried to speak out against a regime, or perhaps because of their religious choices.

The Irish Constitution ensures you are entitled to the freedom to travel, the freedom of expression, equality before the law and religious freedom. This makes Ireland a safe space in which to live, work and raise a family.

Along with the fundamental rights outlined in the Constitution, there have been legislative changes in recent years that indicate Ireland’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. One example is the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015.

Live, work, study and travel in Ireland and the UK

Although you are allowed to live, work, study and travel in Ireland as a non-citizen, your ability to do so will always be dictated by your visa requirements. This can make it hard to put down roots and fulfill your ambitions.As an Irish citizen, these kinds of restrictions are lifted. You can buy a property, knowing that you have the right to reside in Ireland indefinitely. You can apply for jobs, confident that your visa will not expire. And, you can travel across the island as you please. Irish citizens also enjoy the right to reside in the UK. This is a reciprocal agreement that pre-dates the UK’s entry into the European Union. Consequently, the agreement will continue following Brexit, giving Irish citizens permanent permission to remain in the UK. The only time your Irish citizenship can be revoked is if you provide false or misleading information as part of your application. So long as this does not apply to your case, you can feel confident in the knowledge that Ireland is your home – and will be for as long as you choose.

Live, work, study and travel in the EU/EEA

Because Ireland is a member of the European Union, Irish citizens also have the freedom to live, work, study, and travel in other EU member states without visas or restrictions. There are now 27 countries in the EU, following the UK’s exit earlier in January 2020. This freedom of movement is a major draw for many people hoping to obtain Irish citizenship. This is particularly true of British passport holders who fear their ability to travel and work across Europe will now be hindered in the wake of Brexit. Having unrestricted access to other EU member states opens up a world of possibilities, allowing Irish citizens to explore overseas job opportunities, emigrate and travel freely between borders. Irish citizens can also apply for a European Health Insurance Card. This enables access to state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in an EU member state, Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Switzerland. In addition to the EU/EEA, Ireland holds agreements with other countries, allowing Irish citizens to travel to those destinations without visas.

Free Education

Primary and secondary school education is free for all children residing in Ireland, regardless of whether or not they are citizens. However, higher education (including university) is not free unless you qualify for the Free Fees Initiative. To be eligible for the Free Fees Initiative, there are various criteria you must meet. For instance, you must have permission to reside in Ireland. You must also be a citizen of an EU or EEA member state, or a Swiss citizen.

You must also show that you:
Are attending an undergraduate course for the first time
Are studying full-time and the course lasts for at least two years
Have lived in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least three out of the previous five years
Therefore, you may be content to remain in Ireland as a resident. But if you obtain Irish citizenship, it could be your passport to free university education.
It is worth noting that under the Free Fees Initiative, you may be asked to make a student contribution fee, but this is capped at €3,000. As an Irish citizen, you are also entitled to study in other EU countries, many of which offer free higher education.

Vote in Irish elections

Irish citizens have the right to vote in European and Irish elections, including general elections, local elections, presidential elections, and referendums. This right is not extended to all residents of Ireland. For example, non-EU citizens can only vote in local elections. By obtaining Irish citizenship, you acquire the full complement of voting rights. This gives you the chance to exercise your democratic rights, and to have a say as to how the country is run. This will be important if you have made (or intend to make) Ireland your home.

Be elected to government.

Irish citizens are also allowed to be elected to government in Ireland and the European Union. This opportunity is not open to non-Irish citizens (or non-EU citizens, in the case of the European Parliament).

Diplomatic support outside Ireland

If you travel abroad as an Irish citizen, you enjoy the diplomatic support of Irish embassies and consulates located across the world. They can provide advice, assistance, and protection if you encounter difficulties while traveling or residing overseas.

Dual/Multiple citizenship

Ireland permits citizens to hold multiple citizenships. This means that if you obtain Irish citizenship, you do not necessarily have to renounce your citizenship in another country. So, you could in theory have an Irish and a British passport. However, different countries have different rules. For example, Japan, China, and India are among some countries which forbid dual nationality. If you are currently a citizen of one of these countries, you will have to renounce your citizenship in order to become an Irish citizen. Otherwise, Ireland does not require that you give up any previous nationalities. You can have dual citizenship or even triple citizenship. This offers greater flexibility, as you can hold numerous passports and retain your rights in each country.

Pass Irish citizenship to your children

If you are an Irish citizen at the time of your child’s birth, he/she can become an Irish citizen too. In some cases, this is automatically passed on – for instance, if your child is born in Ireland and has one parent who is an Irish citizen. Or, citizenship can be acquired. This will be necessary if one parent is an Irish citizen, but both the parent and the child are born outside of Ireland.

Who can become an Irish citizen?

Becoming an Irish citizen opens the door to a life of opportunity. Your right to reside in Ireland is assured, allowing you to enjoy the economic, cultural, and social benefits of Ireland – without any restrictions hanging over your head. An Irish passport also provides you the freedom to travel and work across Europe, if you wish.
Given these benefits, it is hardly surprising that the number of citizenship applications has increased in recent years. So, who exactly can obtain Irish citizenship?
Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer. It depends on where and when you were born, whether you have any Irish relatives, and how long you (or your parent/s) have lived in Ireland.

You may be eligible if:
You have a parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent who is/was an Irish citizen
You were born in Ireland
You have lived in Ireland for five out of the previous nine years
You’re a naturalized parent applying on behalf of a child
You’re the spouse or civil partner of an Irish citizen or naturalized person
You’ve been a resident abroad in the public service
You’re recognized as a refugee or a stateless person
The way in which you acquire Irish citizenship also depends on your circumstances. If you are applying for citizenship by descent, then you need to prove that your relative was an Irish citizen, thereby giving you the right to become a citizen. If you are applying for citizenship by naturalization, you will need to prove that you have lived in Ireland for a certain amount of time.


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If you want to become an Irish citizen, we are here to help you achieve your goal. Our immigration solicitors can examine your eligibility, recommending the best approach in your particular case. We can then manage the application process on your behalf, working hard to secure your Irish citizenship – and the many benefits that come with it.

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How do I apply for Irish citizenship?

How do I apply for Irish citizenship?

How do I apply for Irish citizenship? Ireland is a beautiful country with a rich cultural heritage, welcoming people and a healthy economy. It’s not surprising that thousands of people from around the world plan to apply for Irish citizenship each year. If you are one of them, you will find there are a range of routes to citizenship in Ireland. In this blog, we take a closer look at these pathways to citizenship in Ireland, and how to prepare for your application.

How do I apply for Irish citizenship by ancestry?

If you have a you may be eligible for Irish citizenship through ancestry. This is called “citizenship by descent.” This option applies even if your parents were not born in Ireland.

The application process for citizenship by descent involves registering your birth with the Department of Foreign Affairs. The online application will ask for An application fee also applies.

The Department of Foreign Affairs advises the current application processing time is 24. Citizenship is automatically granted once your application has been successfully processed and entered into the Foreign Births Register. You are then entitled to apply for an Irish passport which provides you with the right to live and work in Ireland, as well as travel freely within the European Union.

What other options do I have to apply for Irish citizenship?

Another option for obtaining Irish citizenship is through “citizenship by naturalisation.” If you have spent time in Ireland on a visa, you may be eligible to apply. Non-EU applicants must be over 18 to apply, be of good character and being legally resident in Ireland for a period of five years, including a continuous period of 365/366 days in the year immediately prior to the date of your application.

You will need to complete Form 8 to apply for citizenship by naturalisation, which is available on the Department of Justice website. A number of documents are required to prove not only your identification, but evidence of your residency permissions (stamps in your passport and/or letters issued by Immigration Service Delivery) for the previous five years. An application fee also applies. If your application is successful, you will be granted Irish citizenship and be required to attend a citizenship ceremony. You will be entitled to apply for a passport giving you the right to live and work in Ireland and travel through other states of the EU.

There is quite a bit of paperwork involved in registering a foreign birth and applying for citizenship by naturalisation, so it is worthwhile spending some time to get familiar with what documents are required. If you are unsure, or would like some advice on your application, Gibson and Associates LLP is here to help. Our friendly immigration solicitors have many years’ experience providing guidance to citizenship applicants, and are available to discuss your situation and provide advice about preparing your application.

What happens if my application for Irish citizenship is unsuccessful?

While thousands of people are granted Irish citizenship each year, some applications are unsuccessful. There are a number of reasons why an application for Irish citizenship might not be approved. Let’s take a look at the most common.

Not meeting eligibility criteria: Non-EU adult applicants have to meet specific criteria, including being of good character, making a declaration of fidelity to the State, and if applying via work or study routes, must provide evidence of their legal residency in Ireland. Failing to meet these basic criteria can result in an application for citizenship being rejected.

Providing false or incomplete information: One of the key statements on application forms insists on applicants providing true, accurate and complete information. Failing to do this can result in an application being rejected. Furthermore, giving false or misleading information is considered an offence and can come with a fine and/or imprisonment.

Criminal record: Criminal convictions may be result in an application being rejected, while certain types of convictions may make an applicant ineligible for citizenship.

Financial issues: Unpaid taxes or debts can deem an applicant unsuitable for citizenship and result in their application being rejected.

Security concerns: Should there be concerns about an applicant’s background or connection to extremist groups, the application may not be successful.

Immigration violations: Failure to provide proof of legal residency, overstaying a visa, or working or studying in Ireland without permission can risk an application being rejected.

It is important to read and understand the eligibility requirements and application criteria carefully and seek advice if you have any questions to avoid your application for citizenship being delayed or turned down.

Can I appeal a rejected application for citizenship?

While applicants that have had their application for Irish citizenship rejected do not have the right of appeal to the Department of Justice, they do have the right to re-apply. We understand having your citizenship application rejected can be extremely stressful and upsetting, especially after settling in Ireland and making a good life for yourself, and perhaps your family. At Gibson & Associates LLP, our immigration team has extensive experience helping applicants to prepare their citizenship applications and can provide you with insightful advice that gives you the best chance of a successful application.

Our expert immigration solicitors are ready to help you

Whether you plan to apply for citizenship through ancestry or other routes, it’s important to make sure you meet all the eligibility criteria and have all the necessary supporting documents before submitting your application. Sometimes the application process can be challenging for applicants. Gibson & Associates LLP is passionate about helping our clients to streamline the application process, by providing advice and support for obtaining documentation and compiling the application. If you need help, you can trust our experienced immigration solicitors to give your application the best chance of success. To find out more about applying for Irish citizenship, or for a confidential discussion about your application or an appeal, please get in touch with a member of our immigration team on (01) 536 8223 or at email [email protected].


Need an Irish Visa

Need an Irish Visa

Do Need an Irish visa? You will need a visa if you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national and you wish to enter Ireland. The type of visa you require depends on the purpose and length of  your stay.

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Our immigration solicitors offer a fixed fee immigration service. We can advise what type of Irish visa you need and can manage the application process on your behalf.

Do I need a visa to enter Ireland?

You do not need a visa to enter Ireland if you:

Are an EU/EEA national
Are a Swiss citizen
Have a valid Irish permanent residence permit
Have a travel document which was issued by Ireland
Almost everyone else must get a visa to visit, travel, work and study in Ireland, and to transit through Ireland while en route to another destination. This includes passport-holders from Russia, Turkey and the USA.

However, there are some exceptions to the rule. For example, you may be able to travel to Ireland under a valid UK short stay visa, so long as your visit to Ireland ends before your permission to stay in the UK ends. This is permitted under the Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme, but only applies to certain countries in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Chinese and Indian nationals may also use a single short stay visa to visit both Ireland and the UK under the British Irish Visa Scheme.

What type of Irish visa do I need?

The type of Irish visa that you need depends on the length and purpose of your visit. There are five main types of Irish visa:

Short stay visas
Long stay visas
Re-entry visas
Transit visas
Multiple entry visas
We explain the different types of Irish visa in more detail below. If you remain uncertain as to which visa you need, please contact our immigration solicitors. We offer a fixed fee immigration service and can explain what kind of visa best suits your situation.

Short stay visas

Short stay visas are valid for 90 days or less. Short stay visas are also called ‘C’ visas. There are different short stay visas available.

A tourist visa allows you to travel in Ireland for up to 90 days, be it for leisure or study. As with all short stay visas, it does not allow you to work or use any publicly funded services for free.

A business visa allows you to travel in Ireland for up to 90 days for business or work that lasts for 14 days or less. This means you can attend meetings and negotiate or sign agreements/contracts. You cannot work for longer than 14 days. This is a common point of confusion, and we are often asked: how long does a business visa last? The answer is that the visa lasts for 90 days, meaning you can remain in Ireland for three months. However, you can only work for 14 days out of these 90 days.

A family or friends visa allows you to travel in Ireland for up to 90 days, for the purpose of visiting family or friends who reside in Ireland.

A conference or event visa allows you to travel in Ireland for up to 90 days for the purpose of attending a conference, symposium, or other event.

An employment (atypical working scheme) visa allows you to work in Ireland on a short-term basis, so long as you have approval from the Atypical Working Scheme Division of the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service. The Atypical Working Scheme is aimed at those who are required by a company or organization in Ireland to provide ‘atypical’ work. This includes people working in industries where a skill shortage has been identified or that require specialized skills. It covers locum doctors. You cannot undertake any other type of work under this visa.

An exam visa allows you to sit an exam that is necessary for your current employment or study. The exam must be required for your job or course; otherwise, the visa is not valid.

A join ship visa allows you to join a ship that is departing from Ireland. You do not need a visa if you hold a Seafarer’s Identity Document issued by certain countries.

A marriage visa allows you to come to Ireland to marry, regardless of whether you are in a same-sex or an opposite-sex relationship. You can only apply for the visa once you and your partner have received an acknowledgement from the Registrar confirming your wedding date.

A medical treatment visa allows you to travel to Ireland for up to 90 days for a medical procedure in a private hospital. The procedure must be unavailable in your country of permanent residence, you must have the procedure booked in, and you must pay for it in full. You cannot use Irish public services for free, such as public hospitals.

A performance or tournament visa allows you to visit Ireland for up to 90 days to stage a performance or participate in a competition. This includes sports, dance, chess and debating competitions. You can be paid, so long as the event does not last longer than 14 days.

A training visa allows you to attend a training course in Ireland for professional development for up to 90 days. This must be arranged by the company you work for, or an organisation you belong to.

A visa for non-EU/EEA and non-Swiss citizen travelling with EU/EEA/Swiss family allows people who are non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens to accompany family members to Ireland for a single journey of up to 90 days. To be eligible you must be a ‘qualifying family member’, such as a spouse, child, or a dependent parent/grandparent/child. Your family member must be a passport holder from an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland.

Long stay visas

Long stay visas are valid for more than 90 days. Long stay visas are also called ‘D’ visas. There are different long stay visas available.

A study visa allows you to study in Ireland for more than three months.

A join a family member visa/Irish spouse visa allows you to live in Ireland for more than three months with a family member who is an Irish citizen or who lawfully resides in Ireland. This is often referred to an Irish spouse visa, although these visas can also be obtained by children and de facto partners. A de facto partner is when you are not married or in a civil partnership but you have been cohabiting for at least two years.

An employment visa allows you to work in Ireland for longer than three months. You must first find a job and then get an employment permit from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. If you’re coming to Ireland to work, you probably want to know: how long does a work visa last? The answer is that it depends on the type of work permit that has been issued. Most employment permits are issued for 24 months initially.

An employment (researcher visa) allows you to carry out scientific research in Ireland. This must be done under a ‘hosting agreement’.

An employment (Van der Elst) visa allows you to work in Ireland on behalf of your employer, so long as your employer is based in another EU/EEA member state or Switzerland. Your work contract can last up to a maximum of 12 consecutive months.

A minister of religion visa allows you to work in Ireland as a Minister of Religion for an eligible religious body or faith community for up to three years.

A stamp 0 visa/retirement visa allows visiting academics/researchers to work in Ireland for 12 months, although they must be paid outside Ireland. A stamp 0 visa may also be granted to persons of independent means, and to elderly dependent relatives who are sponsored by a family member who is lawfully residing in Ireland. Stamp 0 visas are therefore useful for those who wish to retire to Ireland.

A volunteer visa allows you volunteer in Ireland with an eligible organisation for up to two years.

Re-entry visas

If you are from a visa-required country and you plan to leave Ireland for a short period (up to 90 days) and return again, then you will need a re-entry visa. As of 13 May 2019, this does not apply to adults who hold a valid IRP/GNIB card.

Transit visas

If you are from a visa-required country and you are travelling through Ireland while on your way to another destination, then you will need a transit visa.

Multiple entry visas

If you are from a visa-required country and you wish to enter/leave Ireland multiple times, then you will need a multiple entry visa. This allows you to visit Ireland on numerous occasions. This might be needed for business trips, for example. Otherwise, your visa will only allow for a single entry to Ireland. A multiple entry visa permits travel to/from Ireland for short trips, and is contained to the dates on your visa.

How do I get an Irish visa?

You can get an Irish visa by making an online application through the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS). You can do this yourself, or you can ask an immigration solicitor to do it for you.

You will have to pay for legal fees if you use an immigration solicitor. However, there are significant advantages of using a professional. A solicitor can advise what type of visa you are eligible to. This ensures you do not waste your time and money applying for a visa that will ultimately be unsuccessful. You might not even need a visa if you are eligible to enter the country under a reciprocal agreement.

If you do need a visa, your solicitor can manage all the hard work for you. Not only does this make your life easier, it also gives your application the best chance of success. This is because a specialist immigration solicitor knows the system inside out. They can submit the correct information and present it in the right way, preventing any delays. If any unforeseen complications arise, your solicitor will know how to resolve them, keeping your visa application on track.

Is the application to obtain an Irish visa complicated?

Each visa application requires that you submit various documents. These vary depending on the type of visa you are applying for. However, none of them are particularly straightforward. Even a short term tourist visa demands that you submit:

Application summary sheets
An application letter
A holiday, study or vacation plan
Proof of fee payment
Your passport and photocopies of your previous passports
Two passport-sized colour photographs
A finance plan
Proof that you will return home
If you fail to submit the correct documentation, or you make a mistake, the application will be refused or rejected.

How long is the application for an Irish visa?

So, how long does it take to get an Irish visa? Unfortunately, there is no set answer to that question. According to the INIS website, all applications are ‘processed in date order’. An application will only be expedited in certain circumstances.

Estimated processing times depend on the type of visa, your nationality and the time of year. A tourist visa is generally issued within eight weeks of INIS receiving your application. A join a family member visa (Irish spouse visa) can take between six and 12 months, depending on the status of your sponsor. The INIS website has further information about estimated processing times.

Your application will be delayed if you make a mistake, fail to submit the correct documents or further investigations are required – for example, because you have a criminal conviction.

Can I travel Europe with an Irish visa?

No, an Irish visa is not a passport to travel across Europe. Under the British Irish Visa Scheme, certain people are allowed to travel to Northern Ireland and the UK using a valid Irish visa. Otherwise, you must have a separate visa for each European country that you wish to visit. This includes Northern Ireland and the UK.

Let our immigration solicitors help you

Applying for an Irish visa can be extremely confusing. There are lots of rules and red tape to navigate your way around. There is also a significant amount of paperwork involved, making it a daunting task.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, then our immigration solicitors can help you. We can advise what type of visa you need to apply for. Then, we can manage the process on your behalf. This removes the burden from your shoulders, increasing the chances of a successful application.

We know that you’ll want your visa to be secured as quickly and as efficiently as possible, allowing you to start (or resume) your life in Ireland. We’re here to make that happen. Our immigration specialists hold legal advice clinics. Thereafter, we offer a fixed fee immigration service, ensuring you know exactly what costs to expect.

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6 reasons Ireland is One of the Safest Countries in the World

6 reasons Ireland is One of the Safest Countries in the World

Recently Graduated? 6 Reasons Why Ireland Is One Of The Safest Countries To Build A Career.

Living an expat’s life not only sounds exotic but also comes with tons of shots at a better life. Several American graduates choose to relocate and settle abroad due to many reasons. Maybe they are tired of the political uncertainty or simply want a fresh start somewhere new.

Whatever the reasons, Ireland is rapidly becoming a popular choice among young Americans who wish to immigrate to another country. The country has a rich culture, breathtaking scenery, and solid options for establishing a stable career. It is nicknamed “Emerald Island” for all the right reasons!

Live in Ireland

1. World’s 3rd Most Peaceful Country

Looking for a place to live comfortably? Ireland ranks 3rd among all 163 nations participating in the Global Peace Index, 2022, by the Institute for Economics And Peace (IEP). The factors contributing to Ireland’s remarkable security are its sparse internal conflicts, high political stability, peaceful relations with neighboring countries, nominal crime rate, and almost non-existent terrorism.

Imagine the level of security in a country with no local police forces! But don’t panic yet. A national institution called The Guardians of the Peace (An Garda Síochána) overlooks matters of safety. So you are not entirely unguarded.

Can you even think about roaming around in the cities late at night without fear of mugging or other hideous crimes? Plus, there is no constant uncertainty about the ever-changing political viewpoints. You can peacefully pay attention to your career without worrying about external factors.

2. High Standard of Living

It sucks not to get facilities even when you’re paying good money! Ireland could be the answer to your predicaments. In fact, according to United Nations Human Development Report Index, Ireland ranks second among all countries worldwide. Impressive, right?

Next, the GDP per capita in Ireland is $94,392 in 2022, the third highest among all of the world’s countries. A high GDP per capita indicates excellent life quality and is associated with a country’s overall better health, education, and general life satisfaction.

You can expect a comfortable life while living in Ireland. The healthcare system is unmatched, people are friendly, and the judiciary institutes are incredibly efficient. Retirees prefer Ireland due to its no-fuss lifestyle, and youngsters find it a perfectly stable base to launch their careers.

3. Strong And Stable Economy

According to the 2022 Index of Economic Freedom, Ireland ranks 3rd globally and 2nd among all European countries. Its overall score is 82.0, which is higher than the average world score. What are the factors contributing to its extraordinary performance? First is its judicial effectiveness. Next, Ireland’s rule of law and fiscal health have been praise-worthy during the last half-decade. Experts dub Ireland a role model for other countries due to its high economic freedom.

IMF also presented a forecast with a list of countries most expected to grow their wealth. Ireland proudly stands 6th on the list with a constant rise in direct investments within the country.

4. World-Class Education

Ireland is one of the best options you can go for if you are considering higher education. Not only do Ireland’s universities rank in the top 5% of universities in the world, but also their higher education system is among the top 20 globally.

Employment statistics by The Guardian state that 91% of students graduating from Irish universities are employed at different companies. The figures are one of the most significant indicators of the quality of Irish education.

The universities possess all modern facilities, including laboratories, digital libraries, access to almost all scientific papers, 3D printers, photo rooms, and top-notch infrastructure. The teachers are warm and welcoming, and the staff is friendly. Nothing more a student would want!

5. Opportunities For Businesses

With its incredible economic stability and pre-eminent security, Ireland has become a thriving ground for businesses, specifically startups. Forbes surveyed in 2018 to find out the best country for a business. Ireland stood at number 8th due to its high financial freedom, taxation laws, low corruption, technology, innovation, and secure investors.

Due to the incredibly robust economy, so many of the world’s leading businesses have relocated their company’s European headquarters to Ireland. A few of these market giants include Facebook, PayPal, Google, Apple, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson.

With so many huge companies shifting to Ireland, it is only fitting if you do so too!

6. Tolerance Towards Immigrants

Another essential factor contributing to Ireland’s popularity among young graduates from all over the world is the welcoming and warm attitude of Irish people towards immigrants. According to the Irish Times, Ireland is the leading European country with the most tolerant attitude toward foreigners.

The more educated citizens are even more hospitable to people from culturally diverse backgrounds. There are no significant cases of racism or discrimination, and people from around the world usually live in harmony.


Ireland is a dream country for anyone looking for a high standard of living. Statistics prove why it is an attractive destination for ex-pats willing to move for career growth.

Also, the Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP) in Ireland is a lucrative method for high-net individuals to get the Irish Golden Passport. It brings countless opportunities for an investor but also opens doors to a comfortable future life with your family and a pompous career.

Thinking of getting away to Ireland? Gibson & Associates LLP can pave the way for you. We have the experience and expertise to make your journey prompt and seamless. All you have to do is book a call!

Tax clearance for Irish Citizenship

Tax clearance for Irish Citizenship

The Department of Justice has recently confirmed that from the 23rd of November 2020, anyone who applies for Irish Naturalisation must also submit an up to date Tax Clearance Certificate as part of the supporting documentation.

Tax Clearance for Irish Citizenship Applications

Applications can apply for the Tax Clearance Certificate  Here.

It is evident that a Tax Clearance Certificate is a document which is issued by the Irish Revenue Commissionaires confirming that a person has no tax liabilities at the time that the certificate is issued. A copy of the Tax Clearance Certificate or the Tax Clearance Access Number issued by the Revenue Commissioners must be submitted as part of the application supporting documentation.

A Tax Clearance Certificate is also required for applicants who are residing outside of the State. A key example is if a spouse of an Irish citizen is residing in the North of Ireland and applying for Irish citizenship.

If it is a case where you are unable to obtain a Tax Clearance Certificate in the jurisdiction in which you are living, you will alternatively need to submit confirmation of tax compliance in whatever equivalent format is issued by the authorities of that country.

For more information head over to the Department of Justice Notice on Tax Clearance for Irish Citizenship Applications.

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