Ireland Start Up Entrepreneur Programme

Start - up Entrepreneur Program allows a non-EEA national come to Ireland and set up a business in Ireland.


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The Start-up Entrepreneur Program provides that non-EEA nationals with a innovative business idea for a High Potential Start-up and funding of €75,000 can acquire residency in Ireland for the purposes of developing their business. No initial job creation targets will be set as it is recognized that such businesses can take some time to get off the ground.  The Program will facilitate participants in establishing a permanent relationship with Ireland. 

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Types of Business Proposal that may apply under this Program

The intention of the Program is to support High Potential Start-Ups.  A High Potential Start-Up is defined as a start-up venture that is:

  • Introducing a new or innovative product or service to international markets.
  • Capable of creating 10 jobs in Ireland and realising €1 million in sales within three to four years of starting up.
  • Led by an experienced management team.
  • Headquartered and controlled in Ireland.
  • Less than six years old.


The scheme is not intended for retail, personal services, catering or other businesses of this nature.  The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service existing business immigration channel known as the "Business Permission Scheme" remains available to this sort of proposal.

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Residency under this program

Successful applicants and their nominated family members will be granted residence in Ireland for two years which will be renewable for a further three years. After 5 years residence, participants under the program will be eligible for long term residence in the State. Where required the applicant will be granted a multiple entry visa for Ireland for the same duration. This will allow successful candidates to reside in Ireland and to travel freely to Ireland for the duration of the permission.

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Process Flow

Step 1 : Sign up with Opulentus

Step 2: Your case officer will guide you regarding all relevant documents

Step 3: Fill out application form and send to Ireland along with Business Proposal and other relevant documents

Step 4: Applicants whose business proposal is approved will be issued with residence permits once the required funding has been transferred to a financial institution regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland

Applicant also needs to submit a character certificate to be issued a residence permit.

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Fees, Cost & Refund Policy

Our service fee is Competitive & among the best you will find in the industry. At any given time, our state-of-the-art Processing Centre is processing over 5000 active cases from across the world. Our processes are standard & Process Consultants are the best in the world.

Our Prices are standard across all our offices. We guarantee that other than company offers & promotions, you will not be quoted a higher price & eventually pay a lower price. Prices are determined by the company & are fixed for all clients, offices & cases. You know you are paying the right price – the same as all our 10000+ clients around the world.

Please refer to our Price List & Fee Schedule

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Opulentus Duties

Opulentus will make sure to guide you for your application process with best possible documentation. We will assist you in 

  • Expert guidance on documentation required and alternatives to documents; if you don’t have any
  • Suggesting you what relevant points can be included in your business proposal to make it viable as per Ireland's standards
  • Up – to – date guidance as per country’s changing policies, standards, norms etc
  • Post Landing assistance – as we want to be sure that you settle in Ireland in the best possible manner

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Post Landing & Resettlement Services

  • Accommodation assistance
  • Airport Pickup – at client’s cost
  • Guidance on travelling to and settling in Ireland

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Why Start up in Ireland?

Ireland is probably the most open economy in the developed world. Being open means Ireland benefits from the boom in world trade; equally it means it must adapt quickly to changing market conditions. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is not new to Ireland. The national drive to encourage overseas companies to locate here began back in the middle of the 20th century. Today, success is measured by Ireland’s continuing ability to attract cutting-edge Foreign Direct Investment as US, European and Asia-Pacific countries demonstrate their growing confidence in locating their overseas business here. Almost 1,000 companies – including many of the best-known world brands – have placed Ireland at the hub of their European networks because of the combination of winning factors Ireland offers. Overseas business and entrepreneurs from abroad find a welcome home in Ireland.

Following are the major benefits of investing in Ireland:
  • Favourable Tax regime
  • Young & educated English speaking workforce
  • Financial support systems for R&D
  • Regarded as best country in Europe to do business


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Visa Application Fee


Application fee: 350 Euros to pay to Ireland Immigration department.

Disclaimer: Embassy charges are subjected to change without prior notice. Please confirm before submitting the application.


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