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Irish Business Permission: Your Questions Answered!

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Yes, you can include your dependent children and spouse or a de facto partner.

Yes, you will need to be able to show that you have min €300,000 or more available to invest in your business.

Generally there is no exemption from this requirement, unless you are a well-known artist or a writer. If you are not able to meet the minimum investment requirement, you may consider applying for the Irish Start-up Entrepreneur Programme.

No, you can set up business of any kind, as long as you are able to meet the eligibility requirements and you have sufficient funds to invest.

You have to show that your business has made a progress and has developed, you also need to show that you have created/maintained at least 2 positions available to Irish/ EEA nationals.

When your Business Permission is approved you will be allowed to work or engage in business while in Ireland. Activities considered to be engaging in business include proprietary directorship of a company, ownership of a business, etc. They would not require an employment permit.

Applications for Business permission generally take 6-8 weeks to process on receipt of a fully completed application.

Applications for Business Permission are generally made from outside the State.

Yes, you will get Stamp 1 type of immigration permission or residency which permits you to reside in Ireland.

Whilst resident in the State on this basis the business permission you would over a period of time qualify to apply for Citizenship under the Naturalisation process.

At Visa First we do everything we can to make sure you receive the best possible service. If you feel that we have not achieved this goal we have set up a complaints handling process:

Complaints Process:
  1. Where an official complaint is received by Visa First, the company will record the nature of the complaint and issue an acknowledgement email to the client within 5 business days of receiving the complaint. The acknowledgement will provide the client with the contact name who is responsible for dealing with the complaint. The official complaint must be made by email (you may also write, although this will slow down the process), and confirm that the client wishes to enter this process. Please email your complaint to complaints@visafirst.com
  2. Visa First will investigate the complaint as swiftly as possible and where applicable, the complainant will receive a regular written update on the progress of the investigation at intervals of not more than 20 business days.
  3. Visa First will try to resolve the complaint within 40 business days of having received the complaint. If the complaint cannot be resolved within 40 business days, the Firm will write to the complainant notifying them of the anticipated timeframe for the conclusion of the investigation.
  4. Within 5 business days of the conclusion of the investigation of the complaint, Visa First will issue a resolution letter detailing the outcome of the investigation. This letter will include, if applicable, an explanation of the terms of any offer that the company is prepared to make in settlement of the complaint.

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