Frequently Asked Questions

1Am I eligible for Irish citizenship?
There are different ways to become an Irish citizen. If you are the child of an Irish parent or one of your grandparents, or in rare cases, one of your great-grandparents was born in Ireland, you may claim Irish citizenship. Being a spouse of an Irish citizen or having established residence in Ireland may also allow you to apply. You can review the main requirements for each case here. If you believe you are eligible, but are not sure about it, we can help you. Call us or send us a message.
2Do I need to travel to Ireland to apply for Irish citizenship?
Claiming Irish citizenship by right of blood (by descent) does not require physical presence in Ireland. If you live abroad, your process will be handled by the Irish Consulate. They will be responsible for processing your application and accepting your claim to citizenship.
3How long does it take for Irish citizenship to be granted?
Generally, if the applicant’s documentation is suitable and correct, it will take about 9 months to receive the certificate of citizenship. If the consulate requires additional documents or the records you submitted present incoherent information or they are in the wrong format the processing time to grant you citizenship might be lengthier. In relation to applications made through marriage and naturalization, it takes approximately 19 months to process applications for citizenship, and applications through association can take up to 30 months.
4How can I pass citizenship to future generations?
Irish citizenship is effective from the date of registration. Irish citizenship for subsequent generations may be maintained by each generation by ensuring their registration in the Foreign Births Register.
5Can I obtain Irish citizenship from ancestors beyond the 3rd generation?
Irish citizenship can be obtained only from an Irish parent or from a grandparent born in Ireland. It is not possible to claim Irish citizenship if you do not meet one of these conditions.
6Some of the records that pertain to me and my family are held out of the country where I live. How can I retrieve them?
We can obtain the necessary documentation for your application from the US, Canada, UK, Ireland and anywhere else in the world.
7I believe I do not have enough information on my Irish ancestor. What do I need to do?
Talking to family members and doing research on online and physical public archives may help you find out many facts regarding your ancestor’s life. However, if you think you need help, you can count on us. We have access to several databases and can assist you with this first step of your application.
8Will becoming an Irish citizen affect my current nationality?
Under the Irish law, obtaining Irish citizenship does not require you to renounce any other citizenship and will not interfere in any way with other nationalities you may hold.
9How much does it cost to apply for Irish citizenship?
If you are making a citizenship by descent application, payment is made online when you complete you complete it. If you are over 18, the registration fee and certificate cost is €270. There is also a non-refundable postage and handling fee of €8. For those under the age of 18, the cost of registration and certificate is €145, plus the non-refundable postage and handling fee of €8. In respect of naturalization and marriage applications, there is a nonrefundable application fee of €175, which must be paid through bank drafts made payable to the Secretary General, Department of Justice. If your application is successful, you need to pay for your certificate of naturalization. The cost for an adult is €950, and €200 for minors (for naturalization cases).
10Can I apply for Irish citizenship at a consulate or embassy?
No. Irish Embassies and Consulates abroad do not process citizenship claims, all applications (by descent) for the Foreign Births Register must go to the relevant department office in Dublin. See Department of Foreign Affairs. Applications made through association, marriage and naturalization are dealt with by the Citizenship Division, which is part of Immigration Service Delivery (ISD), Department of Justice and Equality.
11What is the Foreign Births Register?
The Foreign Births register (FBR) is an official register of Irish descendants who were born outside of Ireland and became Irish citizens through their Irish ancestry, namely their parents or grandparents. Once you are on the FBR, you are an Irish citizen and can apply for a passport.
12What documents do I need?
You will need to send the following documents:
• An application form, signed and witnessed;
• Original copy of your birth certificate (that also shows your parents’ details);
• A copy of your current state-issued identification;
• Two documents (original copies) that show proof of your address;
• Four passport photographs (in color).
Documents required regarding your ancestor with Irish descent (parent or grandparent):
• Original birth certificate (with parents’ information);
• Original marriage certificate (if applicable);
• Any change of name document (if applicable);
• A certified copy of their identification that has been issued by the State (if alive);
• A death certificate (if deceased).
13Return of documents
Your documents will be returned to you once your application has been processed. You will not need to include a pre-paid envelope, as they will be sent to you by recorded mail. You will need to sign for them upon receipt.
14Are there any limits with how many generations I can go back to apply?
You are able to apply for citizenship by descent if you have a parent or grandparent that was born in Ireland. If you were born outside of Ireland and your parent (who was also born outside of Ireland) was an Irish citizen or entitled to be an Irish citizen at the time of your birth; then you have the right to become an Irish citizen, and can apply for Irish citizenship through the Foreign Births Register. If your parent registered this way through their grandparent (your great-grandparent) then you have a right to claim Irish citizenship. You can also apply to enter the FBR and become an Irish citizen if one of your grandparents was born on the island of Ireland. In some exceptional cases, and pertaining to an ancestor who is a great-grandparent, there are some specific conditions regarding eligibility. To be able to make a for claim Irish citizenship by descent through a great-grandparent, the following criteria must be met: • Your great-grandparent was born in Ireland. • Your parent acquired Irish citizenship because their grandparent (your great-grandparent) was an Irish citizen; and • Your parent had Irish citizenship at the time of your birth (if born after 1986) or obtained it between 1956 and 1986. If your parent did not register, although it still possible to pursue Irish citizenship through Irish associations, it should be noted that applications made via an ancestor who is a great-grandparent need to be filed through the Department of Justice, and final decisions are ultimately at the discretion of the Irish Minister for Justice.
15What are the benefits of Irish citizenship?
Being an Irish citizen grants you the same rights as those born in Ireland. You can live and work there, access Ireland’s highly-regarded health and education, as well as vote in elections. It also means you can hold an Irish passport, which makes you are a citizen of Europe, and you can live, travel, work and study in any of the 27 member states without time or visa restrictions.
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