Ireland: Submissions sought on changes to retiree immigration policy
Ireland has opened for public comment its review of the country’s immigration policy for non-EEA retirees.
What does the change mean? Stakeholders have until Oct. 31 to submit comment on a host of proposals, including lowering annual income requirements, introducing a mandatory pre-clearance system and taking into account age and health when considering applications to retire in Ireland.
- Implementation time frame: Ongoing.
- Who is affected: Non-EEA nationals seeking to retire in Ireland.
- Business impact: The business impact is minimal. The government has said that the “arguments in favour of offering retirement options in the Irish immigration system are social and cultural rather than financial.”
- Next steps: Submissions are due no later than Oct. 31 and may be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available in this report, which describes the government’s review of its immigration policy for retirees.
Background: The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service recently conducted a review of Ireland’s immigration policies for non-EEA retirees, aiming to strike “the appropriate balance between the aspirations of prospective retirees and the interests of the State.” Among other proposals, INIS suggested: reducing net annual income requirements from €50,000 per person to €40,000, or €60,000 for couples; introducing mandatory pre-clearance for all applicants; requiring applicants to demonstrate a “close connection” to Ireland; limiting applicants to those between the ages of 60 and 75; and limiting applications to those who have insurance and are in good health. The program would be open to people from any non-EEA country, including visa-required nationals.
BAL Analysis: Ireland is aiming to establish clear criteria on its immigration policies for non-EEA retirees. Those interested in providing feedback should familiarize themselves with the proposals and offer their submissions no later than Oct. 31.
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