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Born outside Ireland?

I was born outside Ireland, but have Irish parents/grandparents; can I apply for an Irish Passport?

Even if you were born outside of Ireland, you may be entitled to Irish citizenship and you may be eligible to apply for an Irish passport.

You are automatically an Irish citizen if one of your parents was an Irish citizen who was born in Ireland. You will need to submit these additional documents when applying for your Irish passport:

  • Your original long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname).
  • The long-form birth certificate and civil marriage certificate (if applicable) of your Irish-born parent.

You can become an Irish citizen if one of your parents was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth, but was not born in Ireland. If you're eligible, you can register your birth on the Foreign Births Register. This is a separate application and must be completed before you can apply for your passport.

If neither of your parents were born in Ireland but you can claim Irish Citizenship by descent (e.g. an Irish born grandparent), you will also need:

  • Your original foreign birth registration certificate.  Please see the citizenship section if you need to apply for this certificate.

If you are a naturalised Irish Citizen, you will also need:

  • Your original naturalisation certificate. Please see the citizenship section for more information on this certificate
  • Your original long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname).

Born Abroad and adopted under Irish Law

  • Your certificate of entry by the Adoption Authority of Ireland in the Register of Foreign Adoptions.
  • Your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname).
  • A document that proves your adoptive parent was an Irish citizen at the time of your adoption, such as a long form birth certificate or an Irish passport.

Post-Nuptial Citizenship

  • Your original post-nuptial certificate.
  • Your original long-form birth certificate and your original civil marriage certificate (if you've changed your surname).