There are two main pathways to become and Irish citizen and obtain an Irish passport - by descent or through naturalisation.
Citizenship by Descent
You may apply for Irish citizenship:
- if one of your parents was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth (regardless of your place of birth);
- if one of your grandparents is an Irish citizen, but none of your parents was born in Ireland;
- through adoption;
Citizenship Through Naturalisation
If you are a foreign national living in Ireland, you may become an Irish citizen if you have been physically resident in Ireland for certain length of time.
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To apply for Irish citizenship by descent you must meet the below requirements:
- at least one of your parents was an Irish citizen when you were born or:
- at least one of your grandparents is an Irish citizen.
If you are looking to apply for Irish citizenship by descent you will need to have your birth registered in the Foreign Births Register. Your Irish citizenship will be effective from the date of registration.
To apply for an Irish citizenship through naturalization, you must meet the below requirements:
- be at least 18 years of age or be a minor born in the State;
- have had a period of 365 days (1 year) continuous residence in the State immediately before applying and
- during the 8 years preceding that, have had a total residence in the State amounting to 1,460 days (4 years);
- altogether you must have 5 years (5 x 365 days) residence out of the last 9 years.
Frequently Asked Questions
None of my parents or grandparents are Irish citizens, but my uncle is, can I apply to become a citizen?
My mother is Irish, but I was born out of Ireland, can I still apply?
I have been living in Ireland for the past year, but I have left for short holidays, will this make a difference?
Am I required to show evidence that I can support myself and my family while my application is being processed?
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