Why Ireland for permanent residency by investment?

/ Life in ireland

“Ireland of a thousand welcomes”!

As a county with a long history of migration, with Irish citizens settling all over the world, it is only right that Ireland now welcomes people from every country to Ireland.

These people come to Ireland to work in some of the best companies in the world, avail of Ireland’s world-class education, or simply to enjoy the quality of life and the ‘craic’.

Ireland is multicultural, diverse and has a welcome for everyone.
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Ireland is a Stable
Democratic Republic

Ireland is a stable democracy in which political rights and civil liberties are respected and defended.

The Economist Intelligence Unit ranks the Irish democracy as one of the most stable democracies in the world, ranking alongside Norway, Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand, Denmark and Canada.

Ireland has an independent judiciary and a legal system based on common law.

Standard of living in Ireland

Located on the western edge of Europe, Ireland is a diverse, scenic country where residents enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world.

In fact, Ireland was recognised in a 2020 United Nations Human Development Report as second only to Norway for overall standard of living.

In this ranking of 189 countries, Ireland finished ahead of Germany, the UK, Sweden and Australia.


As a committed member of the EU, Irish citizens enjoy the right to live and work anywhere in Europe.

What’s more, under the Common Travel Area agreement with the UK, Irish citizens also enjoy the right to live and work in the UK.

This makes Ireland unique in the world.

It is also a fantastic launching point for exploring Europe — with the UK, Spain, France, Germany and Italy all only a short flight away.

Meanwhile, there are daily flights to the US from numerous airports around Ireland. New York City is just 5 hours away!

Thing to do in Ireland

Ireland boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

Walk the breath-taking Cliffs of Moher, explore Achill Island’s stunning Keem Bay, or, if you’re looking for a thrill, kiss the Blarney Stone (be prepared – you have to hang off the edge of the castle to reach it!).

And that’s just the west coast!

No trip to Ireland is complete without a visit to Newgrange, a gigantic 5,200-year-old passage tomb in County Meath which is aligned with the rising sun on the winter solstice.

Just don’t forget to bring your camera!

Things to do in Ireland

While Ireland is most associated with ‘the craic’ – traditional music, perfect Guinness pints and cosy pubs, our culture has made a ginormous impact globally.

From James Joyce to U2 and from Seamus Heaney to Michael Fassbender, the work of our artists is adored right around the world.

Indeed, Ireland is known as a mystic country and mythology does indeed play a key role in Irish culture.

Ancient folklore remains a celebrated aspect of Irish traditions and has emboldened our cultural identity.

We love our sport too – millions of people tune in each year to watch our national games – Gaelic Football and Hurling.

Why not plan a trip to our national stadium, Croke Park, for your first trip to Ireland?

/ Economy

Why Invest In Ireland's Economy?

Ireland has been and continues to be the fast growing economy in the EU. Despite the global challenges of Covid, the Irish Economic and Social Research Institute has predicted that Ireland will continue to grow in 2021, saying that “There are few economies globally that will grow this year and the Irish economy will grow at a rate that would have been the envy of many European economies before the pandemic.”

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Significant FDI

Ireland has a huge track record of foreign direct investment – becoming known now as the Silicon Valley of Europe. The Emerald Isle is home to all of the leading companies in the world including Google, Apple, Facebook, AirBnB, Twitter, Intel, Cisco, Microsoft, Huawei,  Salesforce, LinkedIn, Dropbox, PayPal, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Medtronic.
In fact, Corporate America has invested more in Ireland than it has invested in Brazil, Russia, India and China – combined!

Technology Hub

We are a member of the WTO, OECD and the EU and we boast a world-class infrastructure. We are a technology hub too. Many of the world’s top multinational and tech companies (including, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, Pfizer, Intel, and Facebook) call Ireland ‘home’.

Dynamic Economy

Ireland’s dynamic economy creates a welcoming environment for new talents from the finance, medical and technology professions – a reassuring detail for those hoping to develop successful careers upon arriving in the country.
Finally, Ireland’s corporate tax rate is only 12.5% – one of the lowest in Europe. Companies can avail of a 25% tax break against R&D development costs, and the country enjoys double taxation treaties with over 60 countries worldwide.

High GDP

Ireland is a wealthy country, ranking sixth highest in the world and ahead of USA, UK, UAE, Norway, Hong Kong, Switzerland.


Irish universities and colleges are ranked in the top 5% in the world.

Known as the land of saint and scholars, Ireland has a longstanding reputation for quality of education and high standard of living. Today we have one of the best education systems in the world and an internationally renowned reputation for academic excellence.

Our tradition as a world leader in the arts has been complimented by growing focus on business, finance and STEM to keep pace with the demands of one of the world’s most dynamic economies.
Ireland takes a holistic approach to student development at every level of the education system.

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Nurture creativity

Academic knowledge is complimented with sport, art and personal growth to nurture creativity, develop leadership and prepare students to adapt to the demands of the future workplace.

As the international centre for Europe’s information technology, medical science and financial sectors, Ireland has partnered with industry and invested heavily to keep our students at the cutting edge.

Our university graduates have been ranked the world’s most flexible, adaptable and best prepared for the future workplace.

Wherever their passions lie, Ireland can help your child reach their potential and take their first steps in a global career.

Irish Education Programmes

34 Higher Education Institutions offer an extensive range of over 5,000 programmes leading to internationally recognised, quality assured qualifications.

International students can choose to meet their educational needs in highly respected business schools, centres of scientific and technology excellence as well as renowned language, humanities and arts faculties.

Finally, did you know that Trinity College Dublin produces more venture capital-backed entrepreneurs than any university in Europe?!

Benefits for Investors

  • Free access to Irish public school system
  • Local university fee’s after 3 years residence
/ Frequently Asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the IDLF?

The Irish Diaspora Loan Fund (IDLF) is a senior secured debt fund that is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. IDLF provides overseas individuals with investment opportunities in Ireland. We were the first Investment Fund that was established exclusively for the purpose of the Irish Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP). The IIP was created by the Irish Government to facilitate non-EEA nationals and their families in securing residency status in Ireland.

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What is the Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP)?

The Immigrant Investor Programme, or IIP, is a scheme created by the Irish Government in 2012. The IPP was set up to help non-EEA nationals and their families secure residency status in Ireland through investment. Minimum investment is required to be considered eligible for the programme. You can find out more about the IIP scheme here.

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How long will the application process take?

Once the application is submitted it will take 6-9 months to be processed.

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Where is a good point to start with the application for example, fill out application form, request police clearance etc.?

Best place to start is to fill out the application form as much as you can, and we can then advise further on what is needed. Also applying for your police report, as this can take time in some jurisdictions.

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How long should I give to gather my documents?

You should give yourself 6-8 weeks to gather everything, in some jurisdictions it can take longer to receive some documents needed for the application.

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When do I have to make my investment?

Once approved for the programme you are then invited to make your investment within 90 days of approval.

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How long should I spend in Ireland to keep my permission each year?

Once you have registered your permission in Ireland, you will need to spend at least one day per year in Ireland to keep your permission.

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After approval when do I need to visit Ireland for the 1st time?

Once approved you will be invited into Ireland to register your permission, this can be done anytime up to 3 months before your 2-year renewal date.

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Why is investing in a fund a better option than investing directly into a property development?

A fund is required to not invest all its assets into any one project. In IDLF’s case, it cannot invest any more than 25% of the total assets of the fund into any one project. This means that the risk is spread for an investor as they are not investing all their capital into a single project. Furthermore, a fund is regulated to ensure that investment decisions are made by regulated professionals who are experts in the market. This ensures robust, conservative decision making.

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Why is being a regulated fund important and what does it mean to me, the investor?

Investing in a regulated fund ensures that the fund is structured and governed to the very highest international standards. Investors have very clear rights, such as full transparency on fees etc., and the directors of the fund cannot make any changes to the fund without full shareholder approval. A fund therefore provides a professional, transparent and highly secure option for an investor. This is typically not the case when investing into a private company.

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How has the fund deployed its capital so far and how has Covid impacted the fund performance?

The fund has fulfilled its mandate to provide supportive senior debt to Irish businesses in the hotel and nursing home sectors. All the businesses supported by IDLF have performed exceptionally well, despite the challenges of Covid, and a couple have had their most profitable years ever in the last two years. None of the IDLF loans are impaired or underperforming.

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Investor Testimonials

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind text

We started looking for a Plan B and looked at language as a priority and Ireland ticked that box for us, we then started doing more research and the more we looked the more we liked what we found, the beauty of the country, people we spoke to who had already made the move just confirmed we had chosen the right place.”
Malcolm G
South Africa
We went with the IDLF and we are so grateful we did, the IDLF was a breath of fresh air, we really felt like it was more than just a transaction and more of a relationship, they went above and beyond and guided us expertly through the whole process. The service we have received from IDLF has been excellent.”
Carol H
"No regrets whatsoever about my decision to go with IDLF and move to Ireland. Ireland is business friendly; the police do their job, low crime, low corruption and service from municipalities is what you would expect.”
Jimmy M
Hong Kong
"IDLF is a low-risk investment fund authorised and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. Which is reliable and powerful. The staff is very nice and kind. They gave me great support! I made the right decision when I look back.”
Theresa C
"Staff from IDLF are really friendly and helpful, they guided us through the whole process and assisted us in every single step. Overall, the IDLF made the application process very smooth and hassle-free. We don't have much worry about the performance of the IDLF fund due to it being the very low risk. We are happy with our decision!”
Martin F
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