Do I qualify for Irish
A person born outside of Ireland may qualify
for Irish citizenship. Under current Irish law, a person born
outside of Ireland, who has at least one parent or one grandparent
born in Ireland, qualifies for Irish citizenship. This is called
Irish citizenship by descent.
A qualifying person first applies to be
entered on the Irish Foreign Affairs Department’s Foreign Births
Register (FBR). Once entered on the FBR, the person receives a FBR
certificate indicating that he or she is on the Irish FBR. The
person is now an Irish citizen. He or she may now apply for an Irish
passport through the Irish Embassy in Washington, D.C., or through
the Irish Foreign Affairs Department in Dublin, Ireland.
The Irish government’s laws, policies, and
application procedures regarding Irish citizenship by descent can be
found on the Ireland
Department of Foreign Affairs’s website.