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getting my Irish passport

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SophieofShepherdsBush Fri 14-Oct-16 21:06:39

Do I have to go through the citizenship application or can I just apply with passport form and supporting documentation?
Im pretty sure im eligible; we live here, my husband is Irish, my granny was Irish, my dad has his Irish passport, my kids were born here.
What's the route to go down? And can not keep my uk passport/citizenship too? Although the way things atr going at thr moment in the uk im not sure I want anything to do with my homeland!

JasperDamerel Fri 14-Oct-16 21:10:32

You can keep both, and just need to apply for a passport as you are already an Irish citizen because of your granny.

MarDhea Fri 14-Oct-16 21:32:24

It's not quite as straightforward as that. The Citizens' Info website is much clearer than the official DFA one.

Basically, it's automatic for your dad because one of his parents was born in Ireland. You'll have to register yourself on the Foreign Births Register first though (as it's a grandparent, not a parent, who was born in Ireland), which costs a couple of hundred quid. Once registered, you can apply for an Irish passport no problem.

No need for naturalisation route and no probs to keep dual citizenship with UK. It's all v civilised smile

Costacoffeeplease Fri 14-Oct-16 21:44:22

I'm planning to do the same. My grandfather was Irish, but my dad wasn't born in Ireland so he has citizenship, but I have to go through foreign birth register route. I have all the birth/death/marriage certificates I need, so just need to get my act together now!

cheekyfunkymonkey Fri 14-Oct-16 21:49:56

If your dad was born on the island of Ireland you're Irish already, if he wasn't but had his passport before you were born you're entitled automatically, if he got it after you were born then you can still get one but have to go on foreign birth register first.

SophieofShepherdsBush Fri 14-Oct-16 22:10:19

Ok that's helpful thanks, much clearer!

MarDhea Sat 15-Oct-16 09:27:51

No, you have to go on the foreign births register regardless of when your dad got his passport. That's the grandparent rule.

SophieofShepherdsBush Sat 15-Oct-16 16:02:01

Right so foreign births register is first port of call? Snd I need my birth certificate, marriage cert, dad's passport, do I need my grandmother's birth cert?

Costacoffeeplease Sat 15-Oct-16 16:07:37

I have got my grandfather's birth, death and marriage certs, my dad's birth and marriage cert, my birth and marriage cert. I also need a certified copy of my and my dad's passports, then I think I can start the process

ByeByeLilSebastian Sat 15-Oct-16 16:11:58

Sorry to be nosey but can I ask why you are doing it?
My mum was born in Ireland so I have the option too but I'm not sure what it would change.

thisagain Sat 15-Oct-16 16:16:06

I'm guessing it's to have an EU passport after Brexit?

Costacoffeeplease Sat 15-Oct-16 16:17:43

Yes it is. I live in an eu country and would rather remain an eu citizen, just in case smile

thisagain Sat 15-Oct-16 16:21:22

I considered the same for my husband whose mum was born in Southern Ireland. I assume he would be able to get an Irish Passport, and our 3 children. Would I not? I have no independent reason to be able to but wondered if marriage counts for anything.

ByeByeLilSebastian Sat 15-Oct-16 16:21:37

Sorry I'm a bit dim bit what difference does that make? Will we not be able to go to certain countries when all this is done? What about your children, ccan they get them too?

Bondgate Sat 15-Oct-16 16:24:15

Related question - where do you stand if you have a parent who was born in Northern Ireland? Grandparents born in Northern Ireland way back when the whole of Ireland was under British rule.

Is that good enough to get Irish citizenship through descent, or does the Irish parent have to be from the Republic of Ireland?

Costacoffeeplease Sat 15-Oct-16 16:26:18

You may need a visa to travel to Europe on a British passport in future - who know?

For me, I live in Portugal, and do so without a visa or work restrictions, as an eu citizen. Post brexit that may all change, just hedging my betssmile

Costacoffeeplease Sat 15-Oct-16 16:27:15

Irish parent or grandparent has to be born in the Republic of Ireland afaik

Amalfimamma Sat 15-Oct-16 16:28:51

I have my Irish one but I am seriously thinking about getting a gb one for myself and DC 🤐

ByeByeLilSebastian Sat 15-Oct-16 16:32:21

So if my mum was born in Newtownards does that mean me and the DCs could get an irish passport?

Costacoffeeplease Sat 15-Oct-16 16:35:21

That's Northern Ireland isn't it?

Amalfimamma Sat 15-Oct-16 16:38:58

Bye bye

Yes because she was born in Ireland, you are automatically a citizen and DC have to be put on foreign irths register


okok Sat 15-Oct-16 16:54:21

If you were born on the island of Ireland before 1 January 2005, you are entitled to be an Irish citizen

not sure if you can say your mother is an Irish Citizen if she sees herself as British? how would they establish that I wonder ?

has she a propensity to sing the sash?

I assume they eat sandwiches. mebbe not.

ByeByeLilSebastian Sat 15-Oct-16 17:00:42

Is that directed at me Ok? They'd have a hard time making her sing anything cos she's long gone! I have a feeling she stuck with an irish passport though.

SophieofShepherdsBush Sat 15-Oct-16 17:05:35

Two of my kids and my husband have Irish passports. My uk one is up for renewal and I thought it would be good to have thr same as them, also for my DD. Ireland is my home now so it makes sense in many ways. I'm worried about the uk and thankful we no longer live there,cand if there are going to be benefits to having an Irish passport it makes sense to get one.

SophieofShepherdsBush Sat 15-Oct-16 17:07:29

Thanks Costa, I'll get to work!

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