Can you claim citizenship in the Republic of Ireland
and the European Union???


In general, you can attain Irish citizenship with little or no hassle if you can prove that at least one of your grandparents or one parent was born on the island of Ireland or if they were otherwise citizens of Ireland.

First of all, let me say this: In most cases you probably will not need any outside assistance to complete this process. You won't need consultants, their reports, attorneys/solicitors or other bloodsuckers who promise to ease this process for you -- for a hefty fee, up to $600USD most recently seen. The process is straightforward: Among other items, you will need to obtain your parents'/grandparent's birth/death certificates and marriage licenses in order to apply. It may take about a year to complete. At the end, you will have your Irish passport in hand and you will hold full Irish citizenship through the Foreign Births Registry -- all for about $100USD.

That's all you need to have a second passport that entitles you to pretty much unrestricted entry and employment in Ireland and in 28 other European Union countries. Although there is much grumbling these days about free movement around Europe a EU passport pretty much ensures free movement around the continent. How this may change as the United Kingdom progresses out of the Union remains unknown, but that process will still  take years to complete.

Meanwhile, huge numbers of Brits who have Irish ancestral connections are flocking to obtain Irish passports. Apparently, interest in getting an Irish/EU passport by Americans is on the rise following the regime change in the U.S as the Trump regime settles into power.

In many cases you do not have to relinquish citizenship in your native country to take up second citizenship in another land. That includes the United States, which neither acknowledges your second citizenship nor forbids dual citizenship.

What's more, if you finalize your application before any children you may have are born, they will also be Irish citizens. (Needless to say, immigration into Ireland and many other countries is a hot topic these days, so things could change. I am not aware of any intentions of removing the so-called 'granny clause' at this time, but you should consult the Irish government's immigration web site on this issue.)

In these unsettling international times having vastly expanded relocation options is well worth consideration.

You may email me regarding my personal experience as an American in gaining Irish citizenship and relocating to Ireland, which I did almost two decades ago.

Anyone born of Irish citizen parents is an Irish citizen. Others may also claim Irish citizenship, except children of parents holding diplomatic immunity in Ireland or others excluded via the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 2004.

Further information for Americans and others may be obtained by contacting the Irish Embassy in Washington, 2234 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, 202-462-3939, or one of the Irish consulates in New York City, Boston, Chicago or San Francisco.

Updated 12.3.2017


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