Irish Citizenship by Descent

Irish citizenship can be granted to an individual whose ancestor was an Irish citizen; this may be a parent, a grandparent or a great-grandparent. Irish citizenship can be claimed by both maternal and paternal lines, regardless of where or when the applicant was born.

It is also possible to apply for Irish citizenship if one of the applicant’s parents became an Irish citizenship through adoption, naturalization or marriage prior to the applicant’s birth.

The application entails presenting a number of documents which prove the applicant’s Irish lineage. Among these are birth, marriage, divorce and death certificates pertaining to each family member in the Irish lineage, including the applicant.

The application for Irish citizenship must be submitted online by registering with the Foreign Births Registry in Ireland. However, the application must also be physically signed and mailed to the relevant office. If applying in Ireland, the application needs to be sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. However Irish consulates and embassies abroad do not process citizenship applications/claims.

According to the Irish legal system, obtaining Irish citizen does not affect the applicant’s previous citizenship in any way.

If you are interested in applying for Irish citizenship by descent, we will be happy to assist you in all the stages of the process. We will obtain all the necessary documents you need to present and ensure that they are in the right format. We will also assess any potential discrepancies and we will take care of translating your records. Finally, we will help you to submit your application.
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