Irish Citizenship by Descent
Irish Citizenship by Descent
Are you seeking to apply for Irish Citizenship? Over 80 million people across the world claim Irish descent. It’s an astonishing number and one that reflects the intricate history of Ireland, its people and descendants around the world.
What many people of Irish descent may not know is that they may be entitled to Irish citizenship. The requirements vary depending on your circumstance. So who can apply for Irish citizenship?
Irish citizenship by descent may seem straight forward but you will have to corroborate various genealogical records to apply. This is where the team at Oak Ancestry can help. We search for and obtain the necessary Irish genealogical records required to help you apply. We can provide you with the original records and a step by step guide to the application process.
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Are You Entitled to Irish Citizenship by Descent?
Citizenship by descent is a form of birth-right citizenship. It means that if you have ancestors (such as parents, grandparents, or even great-grandparents) originally from Ireland then you may be eligible to become a citizen of Ireland yourself. An Irish citizen by descent is a person born outside of the island of Ireland but may have family members who hold Irish citizen status. You cannot automatically pass on an Irish citizenship to any child who is born abroad, so the child must apply themselves.
Under the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act of 1956, people born outside Ireland can claim Irish citizenship. As part of this act, one’s parent or grandparent must have been born in Ireland. If you are unsure of your entitlement to Irish citizenship then we have all of the information that you need. You are entitled to Irish Citizenship if you were:
- Born on the island of Ireland before 1 January 2005
- Born in Ireland after 1 January 2005 and your parents were Irish citizens at the time of your birth
- Born abroad but your birth parents are from Ireland
Citizenship by descent is a form of birth-right citizenship. It means that if you have ancestors (such as parents, grandparents, or even great-grandparents) originally from Ireland then you may be eligible to become a citizen of Ireland. You cannot automatically pass on an Irish citizenship to any child who is born abroad, so the child must apply themselves.
If the relative through whom you are entitled to Irish citizenship was not alive at the time of your birth, or, indeed, is not alive today- as long as they are a parent or grandparent- you are still entitled to Irish citizenship. A person can also derive citizenship through an Irish parent whether or not your parents were married to each other at the time of your birth.
Before applying, the applicant must first apply to have your birth registered in the Foreign Births Register. If you are entitled to register, your Irish citizenship is effective from the date of registration.
How to Begin Your Application
Applying for Irish citizenship through descent can be a complicated process and at Oak Ancestry we are here to help you out as best as we can. For a more detailed outline of information for applying for citizenship, check out our How to Apply page.
Here is a brief outline of the typical steps that you will need to take in order to obtain an Irish passport and citizenship through descent:
Once you have gathered any amount of information, you can begin your genealogy research process.
This is where Oak Ancestry can step in to help you out. We have the ability to trace back family histories using information provided by you to source genealogical records with regard to your potential Irish ancestors. When you hire a genealogist at Oak Ancestry, we can immediately begin the first step of a seamless and fast application to obtain your Irish citizenship by descent.During this step the applicant must also ensure that they are eligible to apply for a dual citizenship between Ireland and their native country. There is a list of countries all across the world that do not accept dual citizenship status, so it is important that you check your current situation prior to applying for status in Ireland.