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Our guide to Irish citizenship

Our guide to Irish citizenship



A Cháirde, friends

We know that during this unsure stretch of time many of you have been using the opportunity to renew your Irish passports; to help family members apply for theirs, or renew documents which have long been out of date; or understand the methods through which you or friends are able to vindicate your citizenship entitlement as an Irish person.

We are happy to help and advise on all of these important questions and have been doing so during Covid- and long before!

You will see below a link directing you to an online presentation which our office has put together explaining the process through which you can obtain Foreign Birth Registration. This is the first step in the process of claiming your Irish citizenship for those whose grandparents were born in Ireland (for those of you whose parents were born in Ireland: you are entitled to apply for a passport directly and do not need to take this step).

This presentation should answer all questions you may have on this process and we would urge you to watch it through to get answers to your questions. If there are still questions marks, this link to our passport page gives this information in written form.


Please see herewith Consulate General of Ireland, San Francisco’s online guide to Irish citizenship and Foreign Birth Registration with thanks to all at CGSF for the work on this. We hope you find it helpful. 


Le gach dea ghuí,

Best wishes

Consulate General of Ireland


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