Recently, UK citizens have been concerned about losing their rights to live and work in the EU and have begun applying for Irish passports in record numbers. Many South Africans have also shown interest in claiming Irish nationality.
Who is eligible?
Many people born outside of Ireland, with Irish ancestry, can apply for nationality based on their ancestry. First off, you need to get your name on the Foreign Births Register, and then you will be considered an Irish national.
Nationality through family
- If either of your parents was born in Ireland, you will automatically be an Irish citizen. If for some reason, your birth was not recorded on the register by your parents, this can be remedied by nationality experts.
- Sable’s nationality team is often asked if having a grandparent born in Ireland is of any benefit to someone applying for Irish nationality. The answer is yes! Fortunately, even if one of your parents became an Irish citizen through naturalisation or marriage, you are eligible, and just need to be registered on the Foreign Births Register.
More complicated ways
- If your parents were foreign nationals living in Ireland for three out of the four years before your birth in Ireland, you are eligible for Irish nationality, and you will need to prove that they were in the country for this period of time.
- You can claim Irish nationality and citizenship through naturalisation. You can do this as a spouse of an Irish citizen or as a migrant.
Applying for your passport
In order to apply for an Irish passport, you will first need to be an Irish national. Sable can assist by helping you get your Irish nationality.
Call one of their experts on +44 (0) 20 7759 7581 (UK) or +27 (0) 21 657 2122. Alternatively, send them an email and they will get back to you.