In general a person acquires Irish citizenship through one of the following ways:
- by an entitlement to Irish citizenship for certain persons born in the island of Ireland;
- entitlement by descent if one of his/her parents was an Irish citizen at the time of the person's birth;
- by naturalisation at the absolute discretion of the Minister for Justice and Equality.
Detailed information on Irish Citizenship and Naturalisation can found by clicking on Irish Citizenship through birth, descent and by Naturalisation.
New! Residency Checker
Many applications that are processed are deemed ineligible as the applicant did not have the required residency at time of application.
New! Application Forms and Requirements
The Minister of Justice and Equality has signed Statutory Instrument, 569 of 2011 which introduces a Statutory application fee and new application forms for a certificate of Naturalisation. This statutory instrument comes into effect from the 10th November, 2011. From that date only applications made on the new version of the forms will be accepted by Citizenship Section. Any applications made on the old forms cannot be accepted and will be returned in their entirety.
With effect from 10th November, 2011 each application for a certificate of naturalisation received on or after that date must be accompanied by the prescribed application fee of €175. This fee is non-refundable - even if you have lodged an ineligible application. Before lodging your application, you should ensure that you are eligible for naturalisation and that your application is valid. To assist you, the application form contains detailed information on application requirements and an online residency calculator is available on this website to help you verify that you satisfy the residency conditions.
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