Obtaining Irish Citizenship From USA & Great Britain

An Irish passport doesn’t only open the doors to a life in Ireland but also allows those in possession of the document to travel and work freely throughout the 27 countries located in the European Union.

For those living in America, obtaining Irish citizenship can be an attractive prospect, opening doors to a life in Ireland as well as the rest of the European Union. For those living in the UK, an Irish passport will secure your ability to travel and work freely throughout the EU countries in light of the EU referendum result.

How Gibson & Associates Can Help You

At Gibson and Associates, our team is highly experienced in dealing with immigration, visa and citizenship issues. We specialise in assisting residents of the United States of America and the UK, helping them through the Irish naturalisation process by organising and managing the entire process. This ensures all necessary bureaucracy is completed correctly and on time. We also help those with newly obtained citizenship obtain Irish passports.

To speak to our solicitors about your or a family member’s Irish citizenship, contact us today. You can all us directly on +353-1890 989 289 or email us at info@gibsonandassociates.ie. Alternatively, you can complete our Online Enquiry Form and we’ll call you right back.

How Americans & Brits Can Obtain Irish Citizenship

There are many ways that American and British nationals can obtain Irish citizenship. We’ve listed the main means of obtaining this below. Click on each option for more information.

1. You Were Born in Ireland

Birth right is the easiest way to obtain Irish citizenship.

If you were born in Ireland before January the 1st 2005, you have the automatic right to claim dual citizenship in Ireland. This means if you were born in Ireland but then immigrated with your family to America or the UK, regardless of their citizenship you’re still eligible to apply for dual citizenship.

So if you were born in Ireland, but none of your family are of Irish decent, you’re still eligible to apply for dual nationality based simply on the fact you were born here.

However, anyone born after the 1st January 2005 does not have this automatic right to Irish citizenship. After this date, the residency and citizenship history of your family is taken into account when an application based on birthplace is received.

2. You are married to an Irish National

If you are married to, or in a civil partnership with an Irish national, you can apply for citizenship.

To claim Irish citizenship by marriage or civil partnership, you must have been married to, or in a civil partnership with your Irish partner for over 3 years.

You must have had one year of continuous, recognisable residence in Ireland before the date of your application, and you must have been living in Ireland for 2 years before the year of continuous residence.

This means that all together, over the last 5 years, you need to have spent 3 years residing in Ireland with your spouse before you can apply for Irish citizenship this way.

3. You have Irish Parents

If one or both of your parents were Irish citizens at the time of your birth, regardless of where you were born, you can apply for Irish citizenship.

You can also apply for Irish citizenship if your parents are Irish citizens now but were not born in Ireland.

4. You have Irish Grandparents

If you have or have had an Irish-born grandparent, you may apply for Irish citizenship although the process can be slightly more complicated than the aforementioned process.

To apply for Irish citizenship this way, you need to have your birth registered in the foreign births register. After the 1st July 1986, anyone registered in the Foreign Births Entry Book is deemed to be an Irish citizen from the date their name is entered in the Register and not from the date of birth. This means that anyone born to that person before his/her date of entry in the Register is not entitled to citizenship.

5. You have Irish Great-Grandparents

This can be a very difficult to achieve, but on few occasions, it can be possible to gain Irish citizenship based on Irish descent from great grandparents.

However, this is very rare, and generally, this type of relation counts as an ‘other Irish ancestor’ which Ireland tends not to recognise when people apply for citizenship.

6. You’ve lived in Ireland for an Extended Period of Time

If you have lived in Ireland for an extended period of time, you can become an Irish national by naturalisation.

In order to qualify, you much have spent 1 year continuously living in Ireland before the date of your application and have spent 4 of the previous 8 years before that living recognisably in Ireland. Altogether, you need to have spent 5 out of the last 9 years living in Ireland.

You must also be over 18 years old, intend to remain in Ireland after the naturalisation process and be of ‘good character’. The Garda Síochána will complete a background check at the point of your application and any criminal history will be taken into account when your application is received.

7. Other Means

There may be other circumstances where you or a family member can apply for Irish citizenship, but these cases will be assessed case by case. At Gibson & Associates, we can help you discover whether or not you can apply for naturalisation or citizenship.

If none of these options apply to you, don’t panic. There are many other ways you can live in Ireland without citizenship. Take a look at our Visa page. Our team can also help you to discover if these options are suitable for you or a family member.

Remember, our team can help you discover the best route for your situation.

About Dual Citizenship

If you are able to apply for Irish Citizenship, you can keep your American citizenship too. Ireland, the UK and the United States all recognise dual citizenships, meaning you don’t have to give up your rights in one of the countries to have the same rights in both. This means you can become and Irish citizen but remain living in the USA or UK, allowing you to travel throughout Ireland and the European Union

Renouncing your Irish Citizenship

There are situations where you might need to renounce your Irish citizenship, whether it’s dual or full, due to taking citizenship in another country that doesn’t support dual citizenship agreements. If you leave Ireland to live in another country where only one type of citizenship is recognised, we can help you with the renouncing of your Irish citizenship, and also the re-establishing of it if you choose to return.

Get in Touch with Gibson & Associates Today

At Gibson & Associates, we pride ourselves on our ability to help our clients obtain entry to Ireland. Our team is highly experienced and our approach to Irish visa and citizenship enquiries is unique. We aim to make the process as stress-free and as simple as possible.

Speak to our solicitors about your or a family member’s Irish citizenship or visa today. You can all us directly on +353-1890 989 289 or email us at info@gibsonandassociates.ie. Alternatively, you can complete our Online Enquiry Form and we’ll get in touch right away.

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