Irish Citizenship Through a Grandparent


Irish Citizenship via Your Grandparent

The majority of Irish citizenship applications that we have carried out are for people who have Irish grandparents. The requirements for Irish citizenship by descent are that you need just one grandparent born on the Island of Ireland to apply for Irish citizenship. 

The most crucial record for applying for Irish citizenship is your grandparents Irish birth record. This can be difficult for many to locate which is where Oak Ancestry can help. You can simply send us your parents and grandparents details (name, place of birth, approximate date of birth) and we can carry out a search of Irish genealogical databases.

Once we locate your grandparent’s birth record, we can start the process of applying for Irish citizenship by descent.

Irish Citizenship Through Grandparent

Are You Entitled to Irish Citizenship via Your Grandparent?

Are you looking to apply for Irish Citizenship through a grandparent? If you were born to a family who has Irish Grandparents then you are entitled to apply to the Foreign Births register to register your birth in the Irish state.

If one of your grandparents was born in Ireland, but neither of your parents was born in Ireland, you may become an Irish citizen. From 1820 to 1860, almost two million Irish people left Ireland and made their way to North America, the U.K, Australia and more destinations across the world in search for a better life. This mass migration has resulted in a large volume of links to Ireland all around the world.

There are millions of people all over the world who have Irish connections and many of these people don’t realize they might be eligible to apply to become Irish citizens. If you believe that you are entitled to Irish citizenship feel free to get in touch with Oak Ancestry today and together we can research your Irish ancestry and prepare the necessary proof for your Irish citizenship application.

All applicants should also check that they are eligible to apply for a dual citizenship between Ireland and their native country. Many countries around the world do not accept dual citizenship status, so it is important that you find out if you are eligible to apply to become an Irish native.

How to Apply

Applying for Irish Citizenship through grandparents can be a complicated process and at Oak Ancestry we are here to help you out as best as we can. Under the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act of 1956, people born outside of Ireland can claim citizenship, if they have parents who were born in Ireland or if you have a grandparent that was born on the Island of Ireland. Unless at least one parent or an Irish-born grandparent was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth, you cannot claim Irish citizenship on the basis of extended previous ancestry (that is, ancestors other than your parents or grandparents). Oak Ancestry can provide you with genealogy services which will help you to gather all of the relevant information. These documents can help prove your status for Irish Citizenship through Grandparents.You must also supply your current passport and birth certificate along with the relevant documents during your application process. For a more detailed outline of information for applying for citizenships, check out our How To Get an Irish Citizenship by Descent page. In summary, here are the usual steps  to take to get an Irish passport and citizenship through grandparents:

Step One

Discuss with family if your grandparents are Irish Citizens

Step Two

See if you are entitled to an Irish Citizenship through Grandparents

Step Three

Gather all the necessary documents​ for your application

Step Four

Submit your application​ to the department of foreign affairs

Oak Ancestry will be here with you every step of the way during your Irish Citizenship Through Grandparent application process.
Feel free to get in touch with us today and we can arrange a meeting to discuss the process even further.
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