Replies: 14 - Last Post: Apr 4, 2013 1:20 AM Last Post By: Fwoggie
Dec 17, 2012 8:58 PM
Irish citizenshipA friend of mine told me that i can contact the Irish embassy and ask them to see if i have any distant relatives in Ireland to see if i can get citizenship. I thought one of my parents or grandparents would have to be irish for that, i think my great great pop was. does anyone know if this is true, i googled it but coudnt figure it out.
Dec 17, 2012 11:25 PM
1Getting Irish citizenship is clarified through this link: http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/moving_country/irish_citizenship/irish_citizenship_through_birth_or_descent.html
This is what you're looking for I think:
"Unless at least one parent or 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). In addition, you cannot claim Irish citizenship on the basis that relation such as a cousin, aunt or uncle was an Irish citizen if none of your parents or grandparents was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth."
Edited by: smooshmonster
Dec 18, 2012 1:33 AM
2" contact the Irish embassy and ask them to see if i have any distant relatives in Ireland"
The Irish embassy cannot tell you if you have distant relatives in Ireland.
Dec 18, 2012 5:45 AM
Dec 18, 2012 3:50 PM
4The Irish embassy cannot tell you if you have distant relatives in Ireland.
Unless you end up becoming president of the United States or make a name for yourself in some other important position...in which case, you can probably expect a knock on the door from some officious looking gentleman or lady, equipped with an unctuous smile and genealogical scroll tucked under their arm......
Dec 18, 2012 5:27 PM
Dec 18, 2012 5:34 PM
Dec 19, 2012 7:35 PM
Jan 6, 2013 11:18 AM
8I realize the main question has been answered, but in case anyone else is interested:
I am a Canadian and recently received Irish Citizenship through the Foreign Births Registration process. In order to be eligible you must have a grandparent born on the island of Ireland (this also includes Northern Ireland, even if the Northern Irish grandparent never held Republic of Ireland citizenship as was my case).
From what I understood, if one of your parents is an irish citizen (by being born on the island of Ireland) you are considered a citizen and can apply for a passport.
In my case, since it was my grandfather born in Ireland, I had to submit loads of records and paperwork to the embassy in Ottawa and then you will eventually be issued a Foreign Births Register certificate (which is your proof of citizenship in lieu of having an irish birth certificate). After you receive the certificate you can apply for an Irish passport. It is a tedious process! However, I think there is a new electronic system that will speed things up.
Just a heads up for contacting the embassy...not sure about other countries, but the one in Ottawa is really busy, so I got the best response time via e-mail. Phoning just leads to loads of robots "press 1, press 2 etc..)
I'm not sure why the OP wants citizenship, but if it is for work many countries have working holiday visa agreements with Ireland which would allow you to stay long term and work, although the job market is rough now...
Jan 24, 2013 2:31 AM
9Sorry, even if your father gets his citizenship through descent, he would have to have been an Irish citizen at the time of your birth for you to go onto the foreign births register. You should check this out yourself. The information is here…
Actually I've looked through the document. It's really complicated but it's worth your while looking into it.
Jan 24, 2013 8:13 AM
10The OP cannot get Irish citizenship because it was a GREAT grandparent.
However, I was able to obtain citizenship through my grandparent.
My mother was not born in Ireland, never lived in Ireland, and never held an Irish passport. I was still able to become an Irish citizen through the FBR process.
However, If I had children before doing so, they would not be automatically eligible for Irish citizenship.
Basically, if you are born on the island of Ireland, you are automatically considered an Irish citizen and eligible to apply for a passport. If one of your parents was born on the island of Ireland, and they are still a citizen, you are automatically considered an irish citizen and can apply for a passport.
If one of your grandparents was born on the island of Ireland, you are NOT automatically a citizen, but you are eligible to become one through the Foreign Births Registration process (as was my case).
Mar 10, 2013 6:31 PM
11Hi, I am an Australian, but now have Irish Citizenship through my Grandfather. He was born in Limerick, and emigrated to Sydney in the 1880's. Apparently, because my Grandfather was Irish, my father was automatically and Irish citizen (not that he would ever have known that). Anyway, I applied through the Irish Embassy in Canberra, providing documentation (birth, marriage, death certificates) proving my link to my Irish grandfather, and was every quickly granted citizenship. So as long as you have sourced the correct documentation, it is not hard for an Australian of Irish descent to become an Irish citizen. The Irish Embassy even sent a passport application with my confirmation of citizenship. I am hoping to visit Ireland later this year.
Mar 22, 2013 12:30 AM
12Hey, I was wondering how long it took you to receive your citizenship (in weeks/months)?. I'm an Australian, and my grandfather was born in Ireland. Same case as you ^. I've got all the documents and I'll send them in next week. Do I need to make an appointment with the post office to send all the registered documents off?
any help would be great, thanks!
Apr 3, 2013 5:07 PM
13Unless you end up becoming president of the United States or make a name for yourself in some other important position...in which case, you can probably expect a knock on the door from some officious looking gentleman or lady, equipped with an unctuous smile and genealogical scroll tucked under their arm......
It's DejaVu all over again, folks...))
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