We have moved to online payments for applications for Foreign Birth Registration. Please have your debit/credit card details and all the required supporting documents ready before you begin your application. Further information can be found under the Supporting Documents section below.
Applications for Foreign Birth Registration can take up to six months to process from the date of receipt of a complete application with all the required supporting documentation.
An application for Irish citizenship through Foreign Birth Registration (FBR) can be submitted by any person with a grandparent born in any part of Ireland or by any person whose parent received Irish citizenship prior to the birth of the applicant.
You need to include personal details about yourself and your family in your online application to confirm that you’re entitled to Irish citizenship.
All the information you need can be found on the supporting documentation that you’ll have to submit with your application form.
Once you begin your online application, you have to complete it fully. You can’t save your details and finish it later. So make sure you have these documents to hand before you start:
You will need:
Original documents must be submitted in all cases – photocopies or laminates are not accepted
Your parent’s details (through whom you’re claiming citizenship)
You may also need:
Depending on the circumstances under which you’re claiming Irish citizenship, you may also need:
Your Irish-born grandparent’s details
Your parent’s Naturalisation Certificate
Your parent’s Foreign Births Registration Certificate
Your parent’s Post-Nuptial Declaration
Your parent’s adoption details
We may ask you to submit more documents to support your application.
We may check the authenticity of all documentation you submit as part of your application.
Getting replacement documents
We need original documents (not photocopies) to process your application. If you don’t have the original certificates, you can get replacements from the General Register Office (GRO) Ireland.
When you submit and print your online application form, a checklist of the documents you need will also print out. You need to:
If you haven’t included all the necessary documents, your application will be returned to you.
Before you send your application form to the relevant office, you must have it witnessed by an appropriate person.
Who can be a witness?
The witness must be from one of the following professions only and:
(a) Must be currently residing and practicing in Germany
(b) Must not be related in any way to the Applicant
The witness must either know you personally or know a third party who knows you personally.
Your witness needs to:
You need to submit two passport-sized photographs with your application.
Your witness must sign and date these photographs.
If you're applying on behalf of a minor, you also need to submit two passport-sized photographs of yourself. They should also be signed and dated by you and your witness.
Over 18 years of age
Under 18 years of age
Payment is made by debit/credit card as part of the online application process.
We strongly encourage you to gather all the required documents prior to completing the online form – incomplete applications will not be accepted