Are You Eligible For Irish Dual Citizenship?

You may be eligible to apply for Irish dual citizenship if you:

       ​Were born in Ireland prior to January 1, 2005;

       Have a parent or grandparent who was born in Ireland;

       Have a parent who obtained Irish citizenship prior to your birth*; or
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       Have been married to an Irish citizen for 3 years or more, and your
       spouse has been an Irish citizen for at least 3 years.

*Typically, to be eligible by a parent who obtained Irish citizenship prior to your birth, that parent must have actually obtained citizenship (registered his/her birth) before you were born.  However, if you were born between July 17, 1956 and June 31, 1986, and your parent registered his/her birth in the Foreign Birth Register before July 1, 1986, you are eligible for Irish citizenship even if your parent registered his/her birth after you were born.  This is because beginning on July 1, 1986, a person who registered his/her birth in the Foreign Birth Register was deemed to be an Irish citizenship from either the date of his/her birth or the date of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act on July 17, 1956, whichever is later.  Irish citizens who registered their births on or after July 1, 1986 are deemed to be Irish citizens from the date of his/her entry in the Foreign Birth Register.

Did You Know?

If one or both of your parents was an Irish citizen who was born in Ireland, then you are an Irish citizen, irrespective of your birth place.  You may apply for an Irish passport, which will serve as proof of your Irish citizenship and make it "official."

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Applying Through An Adoptive Parent or Grandparent?

If you were adopted, and your adoptive parent or grandparent was born in Ireland or was otherwise Irish at the time of your birth, you are eligible to apply for Irish citizenship by descent.  Your adoption must first be registered in Ireland.  Once your adoption is registered in Ireland, you are eligible to apply for citizenship just like any applicant whose biological parent or grandparent was born in Ireland.  We handle applications for adoption registration in Ireland.  Contact us for more information.