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Born abroad

If you were born outside Ireland, you may be entitled to Irish citizenship.

Born abroad

Born outside Ireland?

You are automatically an Irish citizen if one of your parents was an Irish citizen and was born in Ireland. You don’t need to apply to become an Irish citizen in this case.

You can become an Irish citizen if:

  1. One of your grandparents was born in Ireland, or;
  2. One of your parents was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth, even though they were not born in Ireland.

In these cases, you can become an Irish citizen through Foreign Birth Registration.

Registering your birth

To register your birth on the Foreign Births Register, you must:

  1. Follow our How to Register a Foreign Birth guide
  2. Complete your application form online
  3. Print out a copy of your application form and make a payment online
  4. Send us your form, supporting documentation, photos and checklist.

Posting your application

Send your application to the address printed on top right-hand corner of your application form. This will be either:

  • Your nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate
  • Our Cork office (if you live in Munster) Telephone: 021 494 4763 (Monday-Friday, 10am – 1pm)
  • Our Dublin office (if you live elsewhere in Ireland, Australia, Canada or the United States of America)
    Telephone: 01 408 2555. Opening hours:

Monday

10am-1pm

Tuesday

10am-1pm

Wednesday

2pm-5pm

Thursday

10am-1pm

Friday

10am-1pm

Begin your online Foreign Births Registration application