Ireland: STEP 12 Month Permission (Startup Visa)

Accelerator/incubator participants or STEM graduates who attended Irish universities can spend 12 months in Ireland preparing their STEP application.



Ireland’s open economy, attractive tax rates, innovation-focused government, E.U. membership, close ties to the U.K., and strategic location for business with Europe and the U.S.A. make Ireland one of the best places in the world to start a business.

Residents of Ireland enjoy its high standard of living and education, growing artisanal food scene, friendly people, and dramatic natural beauty, not to mention its deep history of music and literature.

Internet Speed

Fixed broadband: 114.65 Mbps download/30.71 Mbps upload

Mobile: 51.16 Mbps download/12.00 Mbps upload

Cost of living

No. 12 globally 


Attend an accelerator/incubator or graduate from an Irish university in STEM

Business plan

There are no initial investment or job creation requirements 


Application Process

Contact the STEP program for information about applying. 

You can also consult an Irish accelerator or incubator for more information.

Documents Required

Contact the STEP program or your accelerator or incubator for a complete list of documents.

Documents can include:

Documents may need to be certified or apostilled. 

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