Getting Irish Citizenship has a number of advantages.
For a start you will be able to pass Customs within the
European Union much easier than before and if you are
interested in working within the EU then having a passport
of an EU country will make things a lot easier. There
are potential Health and Welfare benefits also.
Eligiblity: If you have 1 or more Irish born parents then
you are automatically considered a citizen and can apply
for a Passport straight away. A person will be eligible
if one of thier grandparents was Irish and possibly even
if one of their great-grandparents was Irish. You can also
apply for citizenship if you are the child of a naturalised
Irish citizen, providing you were born after your parent
was naturalized. Marrying an Irish citizen is another route
whereby citizenship may possibly be obtained.
If you are a U.S. citizen you can apply directly to The
Embassy of Ireland, 2234 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, DC, 20008, (202) 462-3939 or to any of the
Consulate Offices of Ireland, a full listing of which is
avaible by going here:
Documentation: You will need to supply the long version of
your Birth Certificate and those of any relatives that you
are claiming citizenship through. Marraige and Death
certificates where applicable will be required. You will
also need to provide extensive proof of you own identity
(Passport, Driving License, Work Identification card, etc.).
You will need 2 Passport size photographs.
There is a fee of up to US$179 for adults, US$64 for
applicants under 18 years of age. The hardest part of the
process is collecting the required documentation,
especially the Birth certificates of relatives (Grandparents
who may be deceased, etc.). You will not in any way jeopardise
your currently held Citizenship or Passport status by
holding 'dual' citizenship. To get the process started,
contact the Irish Consulate in your country, (details from here: http://www.irlgov.ie/iveagh/foreignaffairs/embassy/altindex.htm ).
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