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Born abroad

If you were born outside Ireland, you may be entitled to Irish citizenship.

DFA  Irish citizenship

Born outside Ireland?

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 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.

Registering your birth

To register your birth on the Foreign Births Register, you must:

  1. Follow our How to Register a Foreign Birth guide
  2. Complete your application form online
  3. Print out a copy of your application form
  4. Send us your form, supporting documentation and checklist, photos and fee

Posting your application

Send your application to the address printed on your application form. This will be either:

Getting a replacement certificate

If you’re already an Irish citizen through Foreign Births Registration and you need to apply for a replacement certificate, contact: