Dual Citizenship in Ireland for UK Citizens

UK citizens who are eligible for citizenship in Ireland may be able to apply for dual citizenship. Dual citizenship gives so many benefits.

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    What is Dual Citizenship?

    Dual citizenship is a condition in which an individual is a citizen of two countries at once. Not every country allows dual citizenship. When you are a dual citizen, you have additional privileges and benefits.
    Benefits of dual citizenship in Ireland may include:

    • The right to travel without a visa
    • The right to work freely
    • The right to vote in elections
    • The right to study without a student visa
    • The right to hold an Irish passport
    • The right to reside in Ireland legally without restriction

    However, you may also have additional obligations, such as tax payments.

    Dual citizenship is a common choice for citizens who have spouses who were born abroad, elderly people who would like to retire abroad but maintain ties to their home country or children who have parents in two different countries.

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    Three Steps To Apply For Dual Nationality

    When you apply for Irish citizenship as a UK citizen you will gain Dual Nationality automatically. You will then need to complete a number of steps in order to naturalize.

     1. Review Eligibility

    You will need to ensure that you meet all eligibility requirements for the category you are applying under. A qualified immigration lawyer can review your situation and advise you on how best to proceed.

    2. Costs and Fees

    You will need to pay the non-refundable fee for the processing of your application as well as an additional fee for your citizenship certificate and ceremony if your application is approved. If your application is rejected you may be able to receive a partial refund

    3. Submit Your Application Package

    Typically applying online on the government website is the fastest way to submit your citizenship application. The citizenship application will ask you varying identification questions as well for proof you meet the eligibility requirements. You will need to refer to your supporting documents in order to answer these questions. It is important to answer the questions thoroughly and truthfully to avoid having your application delayed or rejected.

    Applying For Dual Nationality From Within Ireland

    If you are an Irish or British citizen, you can take advantage of the Common Travel Area Agreement set by the European Union.

    As a UK citizen, you do not need permission to stay in Ireland during the time that you are waiting for your citizenship application to receive a decision.

    Because Ireland is within the Common Travel Area, British citizens can live and work freely in Ireland without citizenship.

    UK citizens also have the automatic right to study and work in Ireland without restriction.

    This means that you can apply for Irish citizenship while you are staying in Ireland.

    You do not need to leave the country while you wait to be granted citizenship as citizens from other countries do.

    Eligibility For Dual Nationality

    As a UK Citizen, you may be eligible for Dual Nationality in Ireland if you meet one of  the following conditions:

    • Eligible by naturalization
    • Eligible by descent
    • Eligible by marriage

    Eligible By Naturalization

    In Ireland, naturalization allows UK citizens to become Irish citizens after living in Ireland continuously for a certain length of time.

    To be eligible for citizenship rights by naturalization, you need to have lived in Ireland for a minimum of five years of “reckonable residence” prior to applying for Irish citizenship.

    Reckonable residence is the amount of time you lived in Ireland under certain guidelines. The Irish Immigration Service has a calculator you can use to determine your reckonable residence.

    In some cases, such as for a stateless person or an applicant with refugee status, the ministry will only require three years of reckonable residence.

    The five years of reckonable residence you claim must be during the nine years directly prior to your application. Leading up to your application for Irish citizenship, you must have had a continuous residence for one year in Ireland. During that year you cannot have spent more than six weeks outside of Ireland.

    You must also meet additional eligibility requirements, including:

    • Unmarried applicants must be 18 years old or older
    • Applicants must be of good character. Good character is defined as not having been convicted of serious crimes or violating previous immigration permissions in Ireland.
    • Applicants must intend to live in Ireland on a permanent basis
    • Applicants must declare loyalty to the Irish state during their citizenship ceremony.

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      Eligible By Marriage

      If you are married to or the civil partner of an Irish citizen, you can become a dual citizen. You can gain Irish nationality after living in Ireland for three years of reckonable residence. However, you must still meet the requirement of living in Ireland for one year of continuous residence preceding your application.

      In addition to the other requirements for Irish citizenship, to be eligible for dual citizenship by marriage you must:

      • Be 18 years or older at the. time of applying for Irish citizenship
      • Be living with your spouse or civil partner who is an Irish citizen
      • Have been married or in a civil partnership with an Irish citizen for a minimum time period of three years prior to applying
      • Be able to prove you live together with your spouse or civil partner. Evidence may include documents for jointly owned property or a shared bank draft

      Eligible By Descent

      If you are of Irish descent, you can automatically be granted Irish citizenship. This is true whether you were born in Ireland or born abroad. You will be eligible even if your parents were unmarried at the time of your birth.
      You can also claim additional citizenship in Ireland by descent from your grandparents who were born in Ireland. Only one grandparent needs to have been born in Ireland to be eligible.

      Other Irish citizen family members will not qualify you for eligibility by Irish descent.

      Citizenship Ceremony and Certificate

      You will need to check if you are required to attend a citizenship ceremony. In some circumstances, applicants may not be required to follow this step. You will receive an invitation to your citizenship ceremony by mail once your citizenship application is accepted and approved. The citizenship ceremony is typically where you will receive your certificate of naturalization.

      Applying for Your Irish Passport

      Once you officially become an Irish citizen, you can apply for a new passport with the Department of Foreign Affairs. This can be done online or by mail. Typically filling out the application form online is the fastest and easiest way to apply for a passport. You may need to submit original documents such as your valid passport or UK birth certificate. You will receive your original documents back by post after your passport application is processed.

      Processing Times For Dual Citizenship

      There is no guaranteed time for the process of obtaining dual citizenship. However typically if no additional documents are needed, you will receive your Foreign Birth Registration document 5-6 months from your time of application. Thoroughly completing your application and providing all necessary documents will ensure that your application package is processed as quickly as possible. For this reason, it can be helpful to work with a qualified immigration lawyer who can review your application.

      Your British passport and other original documents or evidence that you request to be returned to you will be sent to you by mail following the processing of your application.

      Costs and Fees

      There are several costs and fees associated with applying for Irish citizenship as a British citizen. These can include:

      • Foreign citizenship application fee of €175
      • Certificate of Naturalization adult fee of €950
      • Certificate of Naturalization child fee of €200
      • Irish passport fee

      You may have to pay additional costs in the process of obtaining Irish citizenship. Other fees may be applied for services necessary to obtain supporting documents or certified translations.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  When you apply for Irish Citizenship, if there are no additional documents required, in 5-6 months you will receive your Foreign Birth Registration document in the mail. After this, you can apply for your Irish Passport. It will take about 4 more months. The total process from start to finish takes about 9 months.

                  Yes, smooth travel globally is the reason why many people choose to become dual citizens. After receiving your Irish passport, whenever traveling and crossing any borders, especially entering and exiting Ireland, you should make sure to always have both passports with you.

                  The citizenship application fee in Ireland is €175. If your application is accepted, you will then have to pay a fee for your Certificate of Naturalization. This can range from €200 to €950 depending on your age and circumstances.

                  In the event that your application for Irish citizenship is rejected or denied, you can simply begin the application process again. Consulting a qualified immigration law firm is the best way to ensure that your application is accepted the first time you apply. An immigration specialist can review your application form and required documents to be sure that you have a strong case for citizenship.