U.S. Citizens Heading to Ireland

While many fight to gain the right to United States citizenship, current citizens are looking to Ireland’s welcoming immigration policies and green card application processes for better job opportunities.

Ireland’s new Irish Finance Bill will dramatically increase the number of Irish Green Cards, including those for United States citizens. Designed to reduce the costs for employers wanting to hire international talent, the new bill will provide an exemption from income tax for 30 percent of salaries within the 75,000 and 500,000 euro range.

VisaFirst manager Edwina Shanahan told Irish Central that the bill will bring in key talent to support the Irish economy.

“It is intended that this will generate employment through the development and expansion of current business in Ireland,” she said.

Certain industries currently experiencing a shortage of quality workers in Ireland include health services, engineering, financially related occupations and many science and IT industries. However, all workers must have the needed skills before applying for a green card or work visa.

Families of those wanting to work overseas also have a much easier time coming over.

“Holders of a Green Card permit can have their spouses/ de facto partners and families join them immediately,” Shanahan said. “They will need to apply for their own Spousal/dependent work permit to work in the state but no labour market test is required for these dependant so essentially they can work in any occupation.”

Ireland’s citizenship policy has been extremely welcoming in recent years as well. According to Ireland’s Citizen Information Board, those who had a grandparent who was born in Ireland may become an Irish citizen, even if their parents were not born in Ireland.

Ireland’s accepting arms to foreigners is in stark contrast with the United State’s current immigration policies. The state of Florida, for example, recently blocked a bill that would allow U.S.- born children who have illegal immigrant parents the right to in-state tuition. Even though these children have U.S. citizenship, Florida has decided to carry down its lack of immigration services to those whose parents are undocumented residents.