- Your grandparents are Irish
Same as with parents, if one of your grandparents are Irish nationals, either since birth or via other means, you can apply for citizenship via descent.
- You’re married to an Irish national and have been living in Ireland for the 5 of the last 8 years
To claim Irish citizenship by marriage or civil partnership, you must have been married to, or in a civil partnership with your Irish partner for over 3 years. Altogether, over the last 5 years, you need to have spent 3 years residing in Ireland with your spouse before you can apply for Irish citizenship this way.
- If you have lived in Ireland for an extended period of time
In order to qualify, you much have spent 1 year continuously living in Ireland before the date of your application and have spent 4 of the previous 8 years before that living recognisably in Ireland. Altogether, you need to have spent 5 out of the last 9 years living in Ireland.
For more information on obtaining citizenship, take a look at our page on Obtaining Irish Citizenship from the USA.
If none of the above applies to you, then you’ll need to look into the visa options available to you.
5. Apply for an Irish Visa
There are many different visa options available for non-Irish citizens.
- Work Visa & Business Visa
If you are coming to Ireland because your work transferred you, they will have most likely sorted much of your visa requirements for you. Be sure that you have provided all the details they need to approve your visa.
However, if you are left to sort your visa out yourself, it’s important that you ensure the process is done correctly and on time. The rules are very strict, and the visa needs to be completed and approved before you move to Ireland.
There are many different types of work visas available, depending on your type of work and how long you plan to work in Ireland. For more information see our page on applying for an Irish visa.
If you wish to study in Ireland, you will require a study visa to do so. Although it‘s a long-term visa, it is only for the purpose of studying. This visa does not permit you to work.
If you already have family who are living in Ireland and you are dependant on them, this visa will allow you to stay with them in Ireland on a long-term basis.
This visa allows you to reside in Ireland for longer than 3 months with a spouse or family member who is an Irish citizen or who is legally resident in Ireland. With this type of visa, you need to show a clear link to the Irish citizen before it can be approved.
For more information on the types of visas available and how we can help, see our Visa page.
6. Apply For a Stamp 0
It’s possible to reside in Ireland long term by using the Stamp 0 status. This is a low-level immigration status that allows people who are financially self-sufficient to live in Ireland.
In order to be declared financially self-sufficient, you need to demonstrate that you earn over €50,000 a year, plus have access to savings in order to cover unforeseen costs. An Irish accountancy firm must be able to verify this.
If you are granted stamp 0 status you will be unable to apply for benefits whilst living in the country, and you must also have access to private healthcare. This allows those with no ties to Ireland to live in the country on a long-term basis.
Purchasing Property in Ireland
If you are planning to purchase property when you arrive in Ireland, the difference in processes, currency and legalities may seem overwhelming. We pride ourselves on helping our clients through the buying process, helping to minimise jargon and increase efficiency.
Take a look at our property law page for more information on how we can help you buy property once you are here.
Wills, Probate & Asset Protection in Ireland
The legalities behind wills differ from country to country, so it’s important that you organise a will to cover you and your family in Ireland, as well as any you may have in the USA.
Our team at Gibson & Associates can help you and your family to draw up a will that is legally binding in Ireland and will protect you and your assets whilst you live here.
Get in touch with Gibson & Associates Today
Based in Dublin and also Donegal, we’re here to help you every step of the way with your re-location from USA to Ireland. Our team is highly experienced in many areas of law and can help you from the moment you decide to the make the move.
We offer fixed fees for our services, and will gladly answer any questions you have about moving free of charge.
Contact our team now by filling in an Online Enquiry form, call us on +353 1890 989 289 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org/ for immediate assistance and advice.