You may be entitled to Irish citizenship

Your answers indicate that you may be entitled to Irish citizenship because one of your grandparents was born on the island of Ireland. This entitlement is not affected by when or where you were born.

To become an Irish citizen, you must first register yourself in the Foreign Births Register managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

To check if you are entitled to Irish citizenship, contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. (Do not contact Citizenship Division in the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.)

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will determine if you can be added to the Foreign Births Register, eg based on descent from a grandparent who was born in Ireland.

If you are added to the register, you become an Irish citizen on the date of registration. You can then apply for an Irish passport.

Contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade if you have any questions about citizenship based on descent from your grandparents.

Dual citizenship

Under Irish law, you are not required to give up citizenship of another country to become an Irish citizen.

However, some countries do not allow dual citizenship, or place restrictions on it. You should check with the embassies of all countries where you already hold citizenship before applying in Ireland.

Future generations

You can safeguard the Irish citizenship of future generations by ensuring each generation continues to register in the Foreign Births Register before the birth of the next generation, ie your children (if any) must register so their children can register, etc.

 

 

Note: This tool is for guidance only. Read the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Acts to check your entitlement to citizenship.

 

Contact

If you have questions, contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Updated: 20 December 2016

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