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Foreign Births Registration - Guidelines for Applicants Resident in the USA

You are automatically an Irish citizen if one of your parents was an Irish citizen who was born in Ireland.

You can become an Irish citizen if one of your grandparents was born in Ireland, or 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.

The steps below will help you with your application.

Eligibility

Before you begin your online application registration process, make sure you're eligible for Irish citizenship.

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 or was deemed to be an Irish citizen prior to the birth of the applicant.

Is your parent (through whom you are claiming citizenship) an Irish citizen through:

  • A parent born in Ireland?
  • Naturalisation?
  • Post-nuptial citizenship?
  • Foreign birth registration?
  • Adoption?

Supporting Documents

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:

Your details

  • Original Long form Civil Birth Certificate
  • Original Civil Marriage Certificate (if married) - Church certificates are NOT acceptable
  • Original Divorce Decree (final) if Divorced and Current Civil Marriage Certificate ( if remarried)
  • Deed poll (if you’ve changed your name)
  • Certified/Notarized Copy of current passport
  • If over 18 years - Three separate documents showing proof of Residence e.g. phone bill, gas/electricity bill.
  • If under 18 years – A school report/Doctor’s letter showing proof of residence of applicant and three separate proofs of residence for the applying Irish parent.

Your parent’s details (through whom you’re claiming citizenship)

  • Original Long form Civil Birth Certificate
  • Original Civil Marriage Certificate (if married) - Church certificates are NOT acceptable
  • Original Divorce Decree (final) if Divorced and Current Civil Marriage Certificate ( if remarried)
  • Certified/Notarized Copy of current passport
  • Original Death Certificate if Deceased
  • Deed poll (if they ever changed their name)
  • Declaration of Alienage (if they ever renounced their Irish 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

  • Original Long form Civil Birth Certificate
  • Original Civil Marriage Certificate (if married) - Church certificates are NOT acceptable
  • Original Divorce Decree (final) if Divorced and Current Civil Marriage Certificate ( if remarried
  • Certified/Notarized Copy of current passport
  • Original Death Certificate if Deceased
  • Deed poll (if they ever changed their name)
  • Declaration of Alienage (if they ever renounced their Irish citizenship)

Your parent’s Naturalisation Certificate

  • Date of their naturalisation
  • Number of their naturalisation certificate

Your parent’s Foreign Births Registration Certificate

  • Date on which their birth was registered on the Foreign Births Register
  • Office from which their registration was issued
  • Foreign Births Entry Number (found on the certificate)

Your parent’s Post-Nuptial Declaration

  • Date on which their Post Nuptial Declaration was granted
  • Number of their Post Nuptial Declaration Certificate

Your parent’s adoption details

  • Date of their adoption

Further documentation

We may ask you to submit more documents to support your application.

Authentication

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.

To obtain Birth, Marriage or Death Certificates in the USA, please contact the relevant State Register Office or visit www.vitalchek.com

Checklist

When you submit and print your online application form, a checklist of the documents you need will also print out. You need to:

  • Make sure you’ve included all the documents on the checklist in your application
  • Sign and date the checklist
  • Post it to us with your application form and supporting documentation

Remember…

If you haven’t included all the necessary documents, your application will be returned to you.

 

Witnesses

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 the USA
(b) Must not be related in any way to the Applicant
(c) Must either know you personally or know a third party who knows you personally

  • Member of the clergy
  • Medical Doctor
  • School Principal
  • Bank Manager
  • Solicitor/Lawyer
  • Police Officer
  • Magistrate/Judge
  • Notary public

Your witness needs to:

  • Fully complete Section E of your application form - 'Certificate of Identity'
  • Sign your two passport-sized photographs (if under 18, parent must also sign the photographs)
  • Witness you signing Section D of your application form
  • Indicate on the form specifically whether they personally know you, or otherwise that you have been identified by a third party known to them.
  • Provide a business/work address and contact number. Private addresses for witnessed are not accepted.

Remember…

If your application hasn’t been properly witnessed, it will be returned to you.

Photos

Two passport-sized photos

You need to submit two passport-sized photographs with your application.

Signed and dated

Both you and your witness must sign and date these photographs.

Applying on behalf of a minor?

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.

Remember...

If your photos haven’t been properly signed and dated, your application will be returned to you.

Fees

  • Adult aged 18 years or over: €270.00
  • Person under the age of 18: €145.00

Application fees must be paid in Euro, by credit card. The fees above include return postage from Ireland.

When you print your online application form, you will be provided with space to insert your credit card details.

Please ensure that you enter these details as otherwise your application may be delayed.

Apply Online

Information on how to apply for Irish citizenship via descent (Foreign Birth Registration).

Application for Foreign Births Registration from residents of the United State are now being processed in Ireland.

Begin your application for Foreign Births Registration.

Applicants will be provided with a postal address in Ireland to which to forward their applications and supporting documentation upon completion of their online application. All original documents will be returned at the end of the process.

Please note that citizenship applications can no longer be accepted in person at the Embassy.

Also please note that citizenship applications cannot be expedited under any circumstances.

Queries

Any queries in relation to your FBR application should be submitted via email only.

Did you apply for FBR before 1 July 2016?

If you submitted your application for citizenship online before 1 July 2016, please contact the Embassy directly, quoting your 10-digit application reference number.