Irish Dual Citizenship By Descent

You may apply for Irish dual citizenship by descent if you were born in Ireland prior to January 1, 2005, if you have a parent or grandparent who was born in Ireland, or if you have a parent that became an Irish citizen prior to your birth.*  Note that an application for Irish citizenship is an application to register your birth in the Foreign Births Registry in Ireland.  Once your birth is registered and you have obtained your citizenship certificate, you may immediately apply for an Irish passport.  We help clients in that process as well.

Citizenship applications are now processed and submitted online, along with the application processing fee to the Foreign Births Registry office.  However, applicants must also print and sign the application before a proper witness, and submit the application, along with the required copies of vital records, to the Foreign Births Registry office in Ireland.  Please note that applicants in some countries outside of the U.S. must submit their application packages directly to their local Consulate office.

The vital records you must submit in support of your application are based upon your family's history and Irish lineage. Generally, the long form certified copies of the birth, marriage, divorce, and death records of the applicant, the parent in that lineage, and the Irish-born grandparent are required to be submitted.  However, depending on the applicant's family's lineage, additional records may be required.  In fact, in some cases, applicants must also submit records of an ancestor not directly in the Irish lineage. 

We can obtain the correct vital records for you, and we will ensure they are in the proper certified, long format.  We work with the vital records offices to process the request for your family's vital records and we follow up on the requests.  We are also experienced in dealing with obstacles that typically arise, such as errors on vital records that may delay or disrupt your Irish dual citizenship application, and discrepancies among your vital records records (e.g., changes or misspellings in first/last names, and dates of birth, death or marriage).  

At times, we find that the birth of a grandparent was never registered in Ireland.  In this case, we obtain a certified copy of the baptismal record, perform the research required to complete an application for a late registration of the birth, and process the request so that we can obtain a certified copy of the birth record. 


Citizenship (FBR) Application Package:  This fee includes drafting the Irish citizenship application (application for registration on the Foreign Births Registry), electronically submitting the application, and sending a .pdf of the application to the applicant. We will provide detailed instructions regarding how to sign the application before a proper witness, as well as the requirements for a witness and the required documentation the witness must provide. We also provide instructions regarding the required proof of I.D. and address documents, and the passport photos. We will obtain the completed application and other required documents from the applicant, and review the same for sufficiency and compliance with the application rules set forth by the Foreign Births Registration office. We will organize the application package and include the required copies of each vital record to be submitted with the application. We will submit the application to the Foreign Births Registration office.  $255.00 for the first applicant.  $235.00 for each joint applicant.

Application Package Mailing Fee:  This is the fee to ship the client's application package by USPS express international mailing, with delivery in 3-5 business days, and tracking to the postal office in Dublin. $67.50

FBR Processing Fee:  This is the fee charged by Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Foreign Births Registration Section, to process an application for citizenship (an application for registration on the FBR).This also includes international transaction fees and a Paypal processing fee.  $375.00 per applicant.

Are you and your family members interested in applying for Irish citizenship at the same time?​

​If you have a sibling or cousin that would like to apply for Irish citizenship at the same time as you, you may "share" the vital records of your parent or grandparent.  To do so, you and your family member must be living in the same country and you must apply in the same application package. 

We have helped many clients who are siblings and cousins.  Since they are able to "share" their family member's vital records, they also share the cost of obtaining the required long form certified vital records. 

Do you believe you already have the documents required for your Irish dual citizenship application?​

For our clients who have already obtained the vital records required to process their applications, we provide services to help finalize the process and complete the application submission.  We offer packages which include the following:

1.  Reviewing the records to confirm they are sufficient (in long form and certified/original, without discrepancies and in otherwise acceptable condition);
2.  Performing a records review to advise regarding the need for a record amendment, affidavit, or additional vital records; and
3.  Drafting the online application for Irish dual citizenship and coordinating the signatures required, proof of I.D. and address, witness documents, and additional copies of each vital record (as required for the application), and mailing to the appropriate office in Dublin.

​Case Analysis and Vital Records Review:  Thorough review and analysis of vital records obtained by the client to determine:  1) whether all of the required vital records have been obtained; 2) whether the records are in sufficient form (long form and properly certified); and 3) whether any issues/discrepancies exist that may cause the client's application package to be delayed or rejected.  If any such issues do exist, we will advise regarding the manner in which the issues/discrepancies should be addressed pursuant to the policies and practices of Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.  $150.00 for first applicant.  $50.00 for each additional applicant.