Is there a time limit on the application?
No, the application can be submitted throughout the year. The evaluations are held quarterly.
Do I need to be in Ireland to get the visa?
No, you do not have to be in Ireland to take part in the STEP programme, you can apply from your home country.
Do I need to prove that I am an experienced entrepreneur to apply?
While you will be judged on your resume and experience, it is not necessary to prove that you are an experienced entrepreneur. Those making the decision will do so based on your business plan.
Can I apply for the STEP programme with an existing business?
Yes, you can apply for the STEP programme with an existing business, as long as it is less than six years old at the time of your application.
What happens if my application is unsuccessful?
If your application is unsuccessful, we will advise you of the Minister’s decision in writing and the reasons why your application was refused.