You may be entitled to Irish citizenship
Your answers indicate that you may be entitled to Irish citizenship because one of your great-grandparents was born on the island of Ireland. This entitlement is not affected by where you were born.
To become an Irish citizen, your parent who is of Irish descent must have registered in the Foreign Births Register between the years 1956 and 1986, or (if you were born after 1986) they registered before you were born. The Foreign Births Register is managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
To become an Irish citizen, contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to check if your parent of Irish descent (ie the grandchild of your great-grandparent) registered in the Foreign Births Register:
- Between 1956 to 1986, or
- Before you were born, if you were born after 1986
If so, you can apply to register yourself.
If you are registered, 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 great-grandparents. (Do not contact Citizenship Division in the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.)
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.
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.
If you have questions, contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Updated: 20 December 2016
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