Saturday 10 December 2016

Retirees from the UK could face new rules

Published 14/09/2016 | 02:30

Britons hoping to retire here may need to prove a close connection to Ireland and undergo medical screening under proposals being considered by the Justice Department. Stock photo: PA
Britons hoping to retire here may need to prove a close connection to Ireland and undergo medical screening under proposals being considered by the Justice Department. Stock photo: PA

Britons hoping to retire here may need to prove a close connection to Ireland and undergo medical screening under proposals being considered by the Justice Department.

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If the Brexit vote results in the UK being excluded from the European Economic Area (EEA) as well as the European Union (EU), then Britons may have to abide by the same rules for non-EEA applicants as others from around the world.

A recommendation included in an internal review of immigration policy for retirees is a proposed requirement for aspiring retirees to provide an affidavit proving links here through ancestry - backed up by genealogical evidence - as well as evidence of involvement in Irish community activities and travel here.

The review, conducted by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, also recommends that would-be retirees from outside the EEA would have to be certified to be in good physical health by their doctors and only those aged between 60 and 75 would be considered.

As well, they must have an annual income of €40,000 or €100,000 per couple. There is also a proposal to include an application fee for retirees.

Irish Independent

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