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Based on the information I found here, a Critical Skills Employment Permit is issued for 2 years, and if the holder is still employed at the end of that 2 year period, they can convert the work permit into a Stamp 4, which is valid for a further 2 years and allows the holder to be employed without needing to obtain a permit. At the end of that 2 year period, Stamp 4 can be renewed again, and 1 year into the renewed Stamp 4, the holder will meet the 5 year residency requirement for naturalization (assuming they have not been absent from Ireland for too long).

Suppose I am a skilled worker, but I am tired of working and I just want to immigrate to Ireland, stay employed for the shortest period of time possible, and then retire in Ireland on the savings that I have previously earned while working in the United States (I will not require any welfare from the Irish government). Obviously I will need to work in Ireland for at least 2 years to get the initial Stamp 4, but then what?

  • Will I need to remain employed for an additional 2 years in order to renew Stamp 4 or can it be renewed without regard to employment status? (I could not find any information online about whether or not employment is required for a renewal of Stamp 4.)
  • Will I need to remain employed for all 5 years in order to naturalize? (I don't necessarily need citizenship, but it seems that getting a truly permanent residence permit for a foreigner requires 8 years of residency, so citizenship is faster.)
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  • If your desire is simply to retire, why would you seek an employment permit rather than just a residence permit?
    – Sneftel
    Dec 21, 2021 at 10:30
  • @Sneftel is such a residence permit available without having held a work permit?
    – phoog
    May 28 at 17:08
  • @phoog yes. (It’s not a reward for having worked there. Unsurprisingly, most countries are quite happy for retirees to come spend their retirement savings there.)
    – Sneftel
    May 28 at 23:34
  • @Sneftel I'm only aware of a handful of such countries. I am aware of several that do not have such a residence permit.
    – phoog
    May 29 at 6:21

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  • You must provide some kind of proof of employment to get/renew Stamp 4. You can be unemployed for a short period of time but you have to have be working most of the previous period.
  • Yes, you need to have been employed to naturalise. (You may skip that only if you are an EU citizen.)

So, the shortest period of time for you will be 5+ years (usually 6+ years because one and half of year is taking to get Irish passport).

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  • And by my opinion Ireland is a good country to work, not to retire. It's quite expensive to live and extremely expensive to recreate. Dec 29, 2021 at 12:39

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