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Citizenship is gained through a number of ways, including birth, descent and naturalisation. Naturalisation is the process of non-Irish citizen becoming an Irish citizen, usually on the basis of long-term residency, marriage or civil partnership.
Irish citizenship is generally granted on the basis of one of these categories.
By Birth: Certain persons may be granted citizenship if they are born in Ireland. While everyone born on the island of Ireland prior to 01/01/2005 is entitled to Irish citizenship, the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act, 2004 restricted the citizenship entitlements of children born on the island of Ireland. (See here for further details). More information is also available on the Citizen’s Information Centre’s website.
**Please note that as not all children born in Ireland are automatically Irish citizen children, the Zambrano ruling applies only to Irish citizen children and not to Irish born children. For more information about the judgement, see here.
Descent: If one of his/her parents was an Irish citizen at the time of the person’s birth. See the Citizen’s Information Centre’s website for more information.
Naturalisation: If you have been legally residing in the State for the prescribed length of time and fulfill other conditions, then you are eligible to apply for naturalisation. Naturalisation is decided on a discretionary basis, by the Minister for Justice and Equality. See the Citizen’s Information Centre’s website for more information.
There are a number of different naturalisation applications forms, some of which must be completed online and others must be sent to the relevant address. See here for more information on where and how to send the application.
• Form 8 should be completed by all applicants aged 18 or over.
• Form 9 should be completed by a naturalised parent on behalf of their minor child.
• Form 10 should be completed by the parent/guardian on behalf of their minor child who has an Irish Association. This is an eForm, which must be completed electronically (online).
• Form 11 should be completed by a parent/guardian on behalf of a minor born in the state for naturalisation as an Irish Citizen. You must have 5 years reckonable residence since the birth of your child i.e. your child should be at least 5 years of age when you make this application. This is an eForm, which must be completed electronically (online).
See here for more guidelines and supplementary forms.
We recommend you contact the dedicated Citizenship Application Support Service provided by the New Communities Partnership. You can also contact your local Citizens Information Centre for more information on Citizenship. Ring the CIC Phoneline at 0761 07 4000 or visit their website. Nasc’s legal service has also prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions, available here.
For further information on Citizenship and the application process, visit the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service’s website.
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