Foreign birth register
February 3, 2017

Required documents

In order to apply for Irish citizenship by descent, a set of documentation proving heritage is required. Generally, it consists of Vital Records pertaining to the requestor and to the other members who are part of the Irish lineage. The documents must be certified copies and they must also bear an Apostille seal. Finally, they may also be accompanied by a professional translation.

Please find below lists of supporting documents for each family member.

Applicant

– Birth certificate

– Marriage and divorce certificates, when applicable

– If the applicant has legally changed their name, dead poll/ name change decree and documents listing the new name will be required

– Photo ID

– Proof of residence

Parent

– Birth certificate

– Marriage and divorce certificates, when applicable

– Death certificate if deceased

– If the parent has ever legally changed their name, dead poll/ name change decree and documents listing the new name will be required

– Declaration of alienage, in case of renunciation of Irish citizenship

Grandparent

– Birth certificate

– Marriage and divorce certificates, when applicable

– Death certificate if deceased

– If the grandparent has ever legally changed their name, dead poll/ name change decree and documents listing the new name will be required

– Declaration of alienage, in case of renunciation of Irish citizenship

Please note further documentation may be necessary depending on the specific case.

WITNESSES

All applications must include a witness. The witness must be currently living in the applicant’s country of residence, he/she must not be related to the applicant in any way and must know the applicant. In addition to this, the witness’ profession must be one of the ones below:

Member of the clergy
Medical Doctor
School Principal
Bank Manager
Solicitor/Lawyer
Police Officer
Magistrate/Judge
Notary public

We can assist you in preparing all your paperwork. We will obtain the necessary vital records for you, ensuring that they are issued in the correct format and that they can be used for your application. We will take care of the legalization process and will provide the translations when necessary.

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